Sarah Williamson

Sarah Williamson


Sarah Williamson is the Managing Director of Protect the People (PTP) Consulting. Ms. Williamson has over 20 years of experience in the humanitarian sector, leading teams in complex emergencies and advising United Nations agencies, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). She has managed programs for refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) along the borders of Afghanistan-Pakistan, Kenya-Somalia, and Thailand-Burma and responded to major disasters such as the Ebola response, Southeast Asian tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, and the Haiti earthquake. She holds a Master of Studies in Forced Migration from Oxford University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, African Studies, and French from Gordon College.

Ms. Williamson's recent work includes supporting NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT) Protection of Civilians (PoC) concept development, serving as a Senior Civilian Advisor to NATO’s PoC experiment in Bulgaria, and advising the Military Contributions to Peace Support Operations (MC2PS) working group. She has also supported revisions to the US Inter-Service Peace Operations Manual, NATO’s Stability Policing concept development, planning scenarios for a United Nations Peacekeeping in the Americas exercise, and reviewed the PKSOI Military Guide on the Protection of Civilians (PoC) and Mass Atrocity Response Operations (MARO) Policy Handbook. 


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Women in Peacekeeping: Frequently Asked Questions

December 04, 2018
What are the barriers facing women peacekeepers, and why does it matter to have more women involved in peacekeeping? OSF Fellow Sarah Williamson answers these frequently asked questions.
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Canada’s Groundbreaking Initiative to Increase Women in Peacekeeping

December 03, 2018
Our Secure Future fellow Sarah Williamson reflects on Canada's Elsie Initiative and barriers to women in armed forces.