Women Wednesday: Maria Grazia Giammarinaro

Maria Grazia Giammarinaro Feminist
Then U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton honoring Maria Grazia Giammarinaro during the 2012 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report Hero event, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on June 19, 2012. State Department photo.

“Preventive anti-trafficking measures should be considered both as life-saving interventions and as being aimed at preventing violence against women. It is vital that trafficking be fully integrated into the Security Council’s ‘Women, Peace and Security’ agenda, which prioritises the importance of women’s participation throughout the peace process, from conflict prevention to peacebuilding and peacekeeping.”

Maria Grazia Giammarinaro is an Italian judge and policy maker. Giammarinaro previously served as the Office of Security and Cooperation of Europe’s (OSCE) Special Representative and Coordinator for Combating Human Trafficking from 2010-2014. During her tenure she is credited for raising the international political profile of human trafficking and advocating for a human rights approach to the treatment of trafficking survivors. In 2012, she was recognized as a TIP report hero for her leadership role in propelling OSCE’s trafficking policies forward. She is currently Special Rapporteur to the United Nations on trafficking in persons, especially women and girls.