Sarah received her Master of Arts in International Relations (International Law and International Politics with a focus on human rights, women’s rights, and transitional justice) in 2018. Her M.A. thesis was on the “Contributions of Women’s (Rights) Organzations to Truth Commissions”. A revised version of this thesis has also been published in the Georgetown Journal of International Law (see below).
Sarah furthermore has a complementary diploma in Regional Studies Latin America with a focus on Brazil. She studied at Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg (Germany), California State University East Bay (USA), Technical University Dresden (Germany), and Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal).
Sarah was a Carlo Schmid Fellow at the Regional Office Europe of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Brussels, Belgium in 2018/19. She focused her work there on migration and particulary on vulnerable groups of migrants (undocumented persons/persons with an irregular status, women, children, LGBTQIA+, persons with disabilities, older migrants, and minorities). She subsequently worked as Gender Mainstreaming Trainee at the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) in Vilnius, Lithuania, from 2019-2020.
Back in Germany, Sarah worked at the Bundestag, the German National Parliament, where she was an assistant to a Member of Parliament in the Green Parliamentary Group. Her current position is that of an Expert for Gender & Politics at EAF Berlin, a non-profit organization working towards improving equality, inclusion and diversity in politics, economy and society.
Sarah’s HIA Action Project focused on mapping local initiatives for Black women and women of color in Germany to facilitate access and increase cooperation. Sarah was also involved in organizing a lecture series on women’s rights that was awarded a prize on gender-sensitive teaching at Technical University Dresden, Germany in 2018.
Publication: Understanding the Extent to which Truth Commissions Are Gender Sensitive and Promote Women’s Issues: Comparing and Contrasting these Truth Commission Roles in South Africa, Guatemala, Peru, Sierra Leone and Liberia by Jeremy Sarkin and Sarah Ackermann (now Sarah Robinson), Georgetown Journal of International Law (GJIL), Vol. 50 Issue 2)
Updated May 2022
More from Sarah Robinson
Black Feminism in the Context of German Society – Reflections on Active Engagement for Change
John Lewis Fellows Reflective Essays 2016
In the essays, the Fellows write about their experiences in the John Lewis program, delving into personal aspects of their own identities – such as national, ethnic, gender, racial or religious – and reveal ways in which participation in the program has shaped their personal outlooks.
Sistas'Collective is a website aiming at connecting and sharing information on local inititives by and for Black women* & Women of Color (WoC) in Germany.