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Rotary Peace Scholar talk by Maria Victoria Gabioud of the United Nations

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Maria Victoria Gabioud visited Long Road to speak about her work at the United Nations in Geneva on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, the Balkans Peace Park project and her experience as a Rotary Peace Fellow and current work at the UN. She also talked about  why she chose to study International Relations and how her career has developed during the last decade – and how it was always related to Peace issues.

Maria has Argentinian-Swiss dual nationality, and after taking her degree and MA in International Studies in both countries, she took the Master in Peace Studies at the University of Bradford. Since 2013 she has worked at the  Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and been on the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances. She has carried out an analysis of enforced disappearance cases from 1945 to date in different regions, with a focus on South and Central America. Before that she was involved with the Balkans Peace Park Project (Shkodra, Albania), and is currently a committee member.

The talk was arranged and chaired by the Rotary Club of Cambridge South, who mentioned that 21st September each year is “Peace One Day” http://www.peaceoneday.org/ and outlined some of the many youth opportunities that Rotary is involved with. More details may be  available on  the club website www.cambridge-southrotary.org.uk .

The photo shows Maria (in purple) with staff and students at Long Road and members of the Rotary Club.