None in Three is thrilled to welcome former EU Ambassador and Manager of EU development and humanitarian assistance, Mikael Barfod, as its new Chair of the Centre’s International Advisory Group (IAG). Mikael has been a keen supporter of None in Three’s work since the Centre first formed in 2017, when he played a key role in helping to secure EU funding which enabled None in Three to undertake research in Barbados and Grenada.
In following in steps of the IAG’s former Chair, Professor Matt De Lisi, and taking on the position of IAG Chair, Mikael commented:
I am happy to accept the role of chairing the International Advisory Group of the None in Three Centre for the Prevention of Gender-based Violence. I have been a member of the group since 2017 and have come to appreciate the strategic and professional advice provided by all members of the International Advisory Group, to guide the truly global None in Three partnership. During this time, I have been delighted to assist None in Three in managing and guiding a global research project in an interesting group of countries ranging from Uganda, Jamaica, India, UK and eventually Brazil. I’m particularly happy that the International Advisory Group was able to nudge the project to overcome incredible difficulties encountered during the Corona pandemic. Despite these difficulties, the project was able to scientifically demonstrate how research involving pro-social games in schools work in a multitude of cultures and societies. This innovative approach has not only collected valuable information about the causes of gender-based violence, but in the process, it has given us an important tool to fight this scourge worldwide. Research-cum-activism may be the way forward to tackle a problem that is present in all societies throughout the world. As Chairman, I hope my colleagues and I in the International Advisory Group can contribute to further spread the success of None in Three.
The None in Three Centre team are grateful for Mikael’s acceptance of this position, and we look forward to continuing to work together with him in his new capacity as IAG Chair.