Gayatri Patel
As the Director of Advocacy for CARE International, Gayatri Patel spearheads advocacy for gender equality in U.S. Government foreign assistance, development, and humanitarian policy, represents CARE directly with senior officials in the U.S. Administration and Congress, and works to advance legislation/policy related to women’s economic empowerment, gender-based violence, gender in emergencies, and child marriage. She successfully led advocacy for bipartisan passage and enactment of the Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act of 2018 and advanced bipartisan introduction of the Safe from the Start Act (H.R. 4092) and the International Violence Against Women Act (S. 3037). She also previously served as a Foreign Affairs Officer for the U.S. Department of State Bureau for Population, Refugees, and Migration and was stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. She was the Director for Legal Programming at AMERA, providing pro bono legal services to refugees and asylum seekers in Egypt.

Vision statement:

Gayatri considers it an honor to serve and support the Advocacy Committee of UNA-NCA as we collectively address the challenges of our time. Facing unprecedented displacement and humanitarian need, a global pandemic that threatens decades of progress and development, and endemic poverty and human rights abuses that impact too many communities around the world, the mission of UNA-NCA to support and advance the work of the United Nations is more important than ever. Gayatri envisions collective advocacy built upon a strong foundation of active member engagement, drawing on the skills and voices of the diverse members of the UNA-NCA community. UNA-NCA advocacy should include clear and consistent outreach to Congressional offices and other U.S. Government stakeholders to advance – (1) a stronger grasp of the valuable contributions of the United Nations to “de-mystify” its work and highlight its achievements towards global progress; (2) a shared understanding of the importance of the UN’s work worldwide, including by drawing connections to concerns facing Americans too; and (3) stronger partnerships with established champions in Congress to amplify this work and elicit greater bipartisan support on the Hill for the United Nations. The power of collective advocacy cannot be underestimated – Gayatri envisions taking forward the strong foundation the Advocacy Committee has already built amongst U.S. policymakers to advance our commonly held goals and speak with one unified voice in support of the United Nations.