ESR Project Title: Voices in Reproductive Rights: Gender and Disability
Megan Smith is a disability rights activist who has a background in leading exchange, human rights and development programs within Central and South Asia, the Middle East, Northern Africa and South America. With over 12 years’ professional experience working with grassroot organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) globally, her work has focused on the rights of landmine survivors and women with disabilities in the United States, Australia, Afghanistan, and Cambodia. Most recently she has worked advocating for persons with disabilities within the United Nations system through her position at UNICEF Cambodia and as the Gender and Development Officer with the International Disability Alliance (IDA) in New York. She holds a M.A in Peace and Conflict Resolution from the University of Queensland, and she currently is a PhD candidate at the University of Iceland funded through the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under a Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant. Her research is focused on the bioethical implications of pre-natal testing and fetal impairment in Iceland and Ireland.