Jessie Freeman has worked in international health with a particular focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) including HIV for 15 years.
She started working for Plan International UK in 2011 on adolescent girl-centred programming; she took on the role of Adolescent SRHR Advisor in 2013. She co-leads Plan International’s SRHR global reference group. In this role Ms Freeman develops SRHR policy and programmatic guidance for Plan International; identifies priorities for knowledge management, research and learning; determines global advocacy priorities; profiles and positions Plan International in key SRHR networks, conferences and forums; and supports linkages with others areas of Plan International’s work.
Prior to this, Ms Freeman has worked for a variety of NGOs and agencies including the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and UNFPA. She has a Master’s degree in Health and Community Development from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, and is experienced in a variety of qualitative and quantitative social research approaches.
Ms Freeman’s professional experience has focused on supporting community mobilisation with marginalised groups including most-at-risk young people, building social accountability, health systems strengthening, and tackling harmful gender and social norms and practices. She has expertise on comprehensive sexuality education, adolescent-friendly health services and sexual rights.
Her work experience covers Latin America, Asia and the Pacific and sub-Saharan Africa and she has lived in South Africa, China, Cambodia and Thailand.
Recently, Ms Freeman has also served on the Board of Trustees for a local HIV organisation in the UK.
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