Victoria Kahla (she/her) joined World YWCA in 2023. She respectuflly acknowledges she lives and works on the traditional lands of the Bunurong people of the Kulin nation (Victoria, Australia). She grew up in a multi-culutral family with a Scottish mother and Lebanese father, both migrants to Australia. She lived in the UK for 10 years working in book publishing, film and TV before joining the international development community.
She is an experienced development professional, with expertise in program management and youth leadership across Africa, Asia, Australia and Pacific Island countries. She is passionate about girls’ and women’s engagement, and specialises in adolescent development, safeguarding, and feminsit participatory practice in program design, implementation, and MEARL (monitoring, evalution, accountability, research and learning). She is deeply committed to making inclusive, safe space and place for girls and women both online and in person. She works in solidarity to decolonise and dismantle attitudes and practices that hold back progress towards justice for all.
She has 20 years experience in co-creating face to face and digital programs and advocacy campaigns with young women and adolescent girls’ addressing access to education, economic empowerment, sexual and reproductive health, mental health and wellbeing, digital access and safety, living free from violence, safer public spaces, leadership, political engagement, and climate change.