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International solidarity is the key to overcoming the deep rooted inequalities existing across the globe.
- Rachael Stockdale
Dr Rachael Stockdale is a passionate activist, researcher, trainer and youth worker. Whilst Rachael has an academic background in Modern Languages, Queerness and Language Rights, she is passionate about human rights and inclusion in all their forms.
Rachael completed her PhD at Queen’s University Belfast. She then completed a JSPS postdoctoral fellowship in Kyoto, Japan, and managed a pioneering European-wide research project on queerness and faith with The Protestant Theological University, Amsterdam. Rachael has also worked on research with the WHO on transforming masculinities and engaging men and boys in SRHR. Most recently, Rachael accepted a position at University College Cork as a Postdoctoral Researcher working on cross-border research looking at language rights on the island of Ireland titled “Enhancing Social Participation Across Ireland for People with Communication Disabilities and Differences”.
Coming from a post-conflict region, Rachael is passionate about peacebuilding and volunteers in international efforts of solidarity, including extensive experience as a trainer and facilitator across the EU and Eastern Partnership countries. Rachael is a strong ally to several groups including migrants and refugees, the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) community and the Deaf community. Rachael loves exploring cultures and speaks English, Spanish, French and signs British Sign Language.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
Societies that value all genders as equal are safer and healthier – gender equality is a human right.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
When marriage equality and legalized access to abortion finally became a reality across the island of Ireland after many years of campaigning.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
Learning languages and experiencing different cultures, most recently British Sign Language and Deaf culture. Campaigning and engaging in activism, especially showing solidarity to others as an ally. I also love gardening and volunteering.
- British Sign Language
- LGBTQ+ rights
- conflict and post-conflict societies
- language rights (including indigenous languages and sign languages)
Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:
- International Delegate of the Youth Peace Initiative's Middle Eastern Peace Process Conference (2020)
- International Delegate at Human Rights Conference at Copenhagen World Pride (2021)
- Emily Sarah Montgomery Scholarship (2019)
- Santander Mobility Award (2018)
- Bourse doctorale de l’ADEFFI (Association des études françaises et francophones d’Irlande) (2018)
- The William & Betty MacQuitty Scholarship (2016)
- BA, MA, and PhD at Queen's University Belfast
- Youth Worker Qualifications including YouthPass for various Erasmus+ Youth in Action and Council of Europe projects
- British Sign Language Communication NVQ Level 4
- Athena SWAN Charter Mentorship
- International Thorvald Stoltenberg Seminar
- Postdoctoral Researcher at University College Cork (2023)
- Postdoctoral Researcher at Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) (2022)
- Speaker at Salzburg Global Seminar (2022)