Karen Sherman

Karen Sherman, author of the book, Brick by Brick—Building Hope and Opportunity for Women Survivors Everywhere (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020), has spent her life advocating for women in war-torn and transitional countries around the world. Throughout her thirty-year career in global development, Sherman has met and interviewed thousands of women. Their remarkable stories of strength, courage, resilience, and resourcefulness fuel what she believes to be true: Championing women’s education and economic participation has the power to transform the lives of women and the future of families, communities, societies, and ultimately the world.

Sherman is President of Akilah, an East African institute for women’s leadership and career development. Prior to joining Akilah, Sherman was a senior executive at Women for Women International, an organization that enables women survivors of war to restart their lives. She holds a Master’s Degree in Russian and East European Studies from The George Washington University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Oregon.


The Resilience of Women in Sudan

An interview with Sudanese physician Sarah Khalifa


Dual Pandemics: Coronavirus and Gender-Based Violence

With violence doubling in some places, women bear the brunt of COVID-19—lessons from Rwanda for a post-pandemic world