Pamela Shifman

Director, Initiatives for Girls and Women,
NoVo Foundation

Pamela Shifman serves as the director of Initiatives for Girls and Women at the NoVo Foundation, directing its work on empowering adolescent girls and ending violence against girls and women. She spent six years spearheading UNICEF’s efforts to end gender-based violence in conflict-affected settings, including Darfur, Eastern Congo, Uganda, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Shifman has also served as the co-executive director of Equality Now, where she focused extensively on trafficking of girls and women and convened a coalition of organizations for passage of the first US legislation on trafficking in persons and the UN Transnational Crime Protocol on Trafficking in Persons. From 1996-1998, Shifman served as legal advisor for the African National Congress Parliamentary Women’s Caucus in South Africa, where she supported development of South Africa’s first post-apartheid legislation addressing domestic violence and led a National Campaign on Ending Violence against Women.

Shifman is the recipient of the 2011 Women’s Way Lucretia Mott Award and was named one of the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century by Women’s e-News. She has taught Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan and at Hunter College, and holds a BA from the University of Michigan and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School.