Natalie Fisher Spalton
Gender Equality and International Development professional
Country of Residence
Current Professional Activities
Natalie has over 20 years’ experience in international program management and capacity development in gender equality, women and girls’ human rights and sexual and reproductive health including HIV/AIDS in consulting and staff roles for organizations including the United Nations Children’s Agency (UNICEF), United Nations Development Programme, UN Women, World YWCA and YWCA Canada. Most recently she has held consultancies with UNICEF’s HIV and Gender teams in the area of prevention of HIV/AIDS in adolescent girls and promoting their participation in policy-making. She developed the Stay Free global working group’s Strategic Collaboration Framework for Adolescent Girls and Young Women HIV Prevention. She worked with the UNICEF Gender team on gender capacity strengthening including the development of a gender training program in partnership with the George Washington University and the redesign of their internal gender credentialing system.
Passionate about gender equality, human rights and social inclusion, Natalie’s career has centered around working with organizations on rights-based, inclusive approaches to building gender-integrated capacity and programmes. As a consultant, she worked with UNDP on their gender mainstreaming initiative Gender Equality Seal with their country offices. Formerly deputy executive director of the World YWCA in Geneva, Natalie led the programme and advocacy team including grant making to build capacity in country programs, and intergenerational leadership development. She worked in coalitions and represented the World YWCA on various working groups and platforms on human rights, ending gender-based violence, reproductive health and rights. Her background includes community development and local anti-violence against women programming with the YWCA in eastern Canada. She has lived and worked in multiple countries across Southeast Asia including Thailand and Cambodia as well as Switzerland, France and USA.
Academia, Publishing, Awards
Natalie has written and co-authored a range of case studies and tools
Role at RSI
Gender and Human Rights Specialist