Rachel Banfield is a PhD Candidate at the Gender, Peace and Security Centre at Monash University. Her doctoral thesis will examine where in armed conflict sexual violence does not occur and why, with the view of using this knowledge to strengthen the efficacy of prevention mechanisms.
A humanitarian by profession, she previously coordinated the International Committee of the Red Cross' (ICRC) response to conflict related sexual violence in South Sudan. Prior to this she worked as a policy advisor for the ICRC at the HQ in Geneva and as the advocacy, policy and research manager for New Zealand Red Cross in Wellington.
She holds a Master of Laws in International Law from the University of Edinburgh, and a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Health Science from the University of Auckland.