Perdita Sonntag's research explores youth, gender and refugee status in economic empowerment programming in Lebanon. Her thesis looks at whether current international development programmes in Lebanon effectively address barriers to economic participation caused by the intersection of youth, refugee status and gender. Perdita is an international development practitioner who has worked in the NGO sector and the UN for the past ten years. From 2016 – 17, she was part of the Asia Pacific UN Inter-Agency Working Group on Gender based at UNESCAP in Bangkok and a member of the Technical Advisory Group for the Regional Joint Programme (UNV, UNDP, UNFPA, UN Women and DFAT) ‘Partners for Prevention to Stop Violence against Women and Girls’ (P4P). As a regional programme specialist and gender focal point, her portfolio covered projects across Asia Pacific. Prior to her time in Asia, Perdita spent five years in the Middle East. As part of the Syrian Regional Refugee Response, she worked in programming for refugees and IDP children affected by conflict in Syria and Jordan. She also worked in Lebanon, focusing on domestic human rights issues such as arbitrary detention, anti-torture, right to a fair trial, electoral law reform and parliamentary monitoring. Perdita is a long-standing member and advocate for Amnesty International.