Sheelagh Stewart is a conflict, security and gender expert. She is currently working as a freelance consultant. She was most recently employed by the United Nations Bureau of Crisis Prevention and recovery as Director, Governance, Rule of Law and Security (2012-14). Prior to that she worked for 12 years in the UK Government, finishing as Head of the UK Stabilisation Unit (a cross-government unit that reports to DFID, the MOD, the FCO and the Home Office). Before joining the UK Civil Service she worked at the Asia Foundation and the Institute of Development Studies. She grew up in Zimbabwe, and in 1988 was the Founder-Director of the Musasa Project, the first NGO in then-independent Africa to focus on Violence Against Women.