Meet Dubravka Šimonović, Special Rapporteur on VAW
Ms. Dubravka Simonovic (Croatia) is appointed as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women in 2015. She has served in UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women for multiple responsibilities. She participated in drafting the Council of Europe Convention in fighting and preventing violence against women.
Ms. Simonovic holds a doctoral degree of law from University of Zagreb, Croatia. In 2002, she was a visiting scholar in Columbia Law School. She holds a visiting professor position at Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights, University of Cincinnati since 2011. She was head of the Human Rights Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Croatia since 2002, and ambassador in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Croatia since 2006.