Marie Wernham

Marie having a picnic, by Radhika - aged 10, IndiaMarie Wernham has been working full time as a consultant for CREATE since November 2005. Prior to this, she worked for six years as Advocacy Officer and then Director of Advocacy & Child Protection for a network of NGOs working with children in street situations internationally. She has represented child rights issues at a variety of policy fora within the UN human rights system and UK government as well as devising and implementing a number of campaigns and projects. She has undertaken child rights and child protection training, project evaluations and research in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burma/Myanmar, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana, India, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Nepal, Samoa, Sierra Leone, the Solomon Islands, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, the UK and Vanuatu. She has developed child justice projects in Kenya, Nicaragua, Nigeria, the Philippines, Pakistan, and Romania and authored books and manuals on child rights education, children in street situations, early childhood rights, child justice, police training and child protection (the last two with Elanor and Savina – also of CREATE). She holds an MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights (distinction) from the University of London, specialising in international law and children’s rights. She has also completed a graduate certificate (GCert) in ‘Arts for Change’ (facilitating creative and therapeutic work with children and young people) at the University of Roehampton, UK. From 1997-1999 she worked as a teacher trainer in NW China. Her first degree was in languages (French and Italian, University College London). Prior to that she worked for 6 months as a volunteer in a hostel for the long-term homeless in the UK, and subsequently for 3 months delivering therapeutic activities to severely developmentally challenged children in a Romanian orphanage. In the past she has also volunteered with the British Red Cross Society working with children with disabilities.