Advocate | Researcher | Arctic Enthusiast
Rachel Peterson is a child advocate and researcher focusing on youth voice and youth empowerment. While living and working in Norway as a Regional Director for one of the world’s largest children’s rights organizations (Save the Children), Rachel developed a deep interest in and passion for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) – a document that guides her both vocationally and personally.
Rachel believes that, while there is a lot of great work being done in the area of youth voice and empowerment, we still tend to focus on children and youth as having future value. How would the world be different if we, on a much larger scale, really listened to young people and acknowledged their present value? What are we losing out on by not initiating conversations with young people about their perspectives and opinions?
Rachel has a B.A. in Anthropology from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and a Master of Philosophy in Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies from the Centre for Peace Studies at the Arctic University of Norway in Tromsø. She has worked as Program Manager for the Nobel Peace Prize Forum and as Director of Programs for Norway House in Minneapolis.