Sarah finished her undergraduate studies in Political Science and Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture / “Hispanic Studies” in 2015. She received her Master of Arts in International Relations (International Law and International Politics with a focus on human rights, women’s rights, and transitional justice) in 2018. Her M.A. thesis focused on the “Contributions of Women’s (Rights) Organzations to Truth Commissions” and included case studies on South Africa, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Peru, and Guatemala. A revised version of this thesis has recently been published in the Georgetown Journal of International Law (see below).
Sarah furthermore has a complementary diploma in Regional Studies Latin America with a focus on Brazil. She studied at Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg (Germany), California State University East Bay (USA), Technical University Dresden (Germany), and Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal). Sarah has been a Carlo Schmid Fellow at the Regional Office for Europe of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Brussels, Belgium, in 2018. Her focus there was on migration and particularly on vulnerable groups of migrants (undocumented persons/persons with an irregular status, women, children, LGBTI+, persons with disabilities, older migrants, and minorities).
She currently is the European Institute for Gender Equality’s (EIGE) Gender Mainstreaming Trainee, a position which she will hold until January 2020. Her thematic tasks there include supportive and research-focused work on a study on gender-sensitive integration of migrants through education across the European Union (EU), assessments of the gender-sensitivity of Parliaments in the EU, a study on EU Member States’ institutional mechanisms for the advancement of women (Area H of the Beijing Platform for Action, BPfA), and work on gender budgeting in the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIFs).
Sarah helped in building up a support network providing guidance for refugees who want to start or continue to get a higher education degree in Germany in 2015/2016. During her studies, she also engaged in empowerment projects for migrants and students from non-academic backgrounds/first generation students at university. Her Humanity in Action Action Project Sistas’Collective focused on mapping local initiatives for Black women and women of color in Germany to facilitate access and increase cooperation. Sarah was also involved in organizing a lecture series on women’s rights that was awarded a prize on gender-sensitive teaching at Technical University Dresden, Germany, in 2018.
Publication: Understanding the Extent to which Truth Commissions Are Gender Sensitive and Promote Women’s Issues: Comparing and Contrasting these Truth Commission Roles in South Africa, Guatemala, Peru, Sierra Leone and Liberia by Jeremy Sarkin and Sarah Ackermann (now Sarah Robinson), Georgetown Journal of International Law (GJIL), Vol. 50 Issue 2)
Updated August 2019
More from Sarah Robinson
Sistas'Collective is a website aiming at connecting and sharing information on local inititives by and for Black women* & Women of Color (WoC) in Germany.
John Lewis Fellows Reflective Essays 2016
In the essays, the Fellows write about their experiences in the John Lewis program, delving into personal aspects of their own identities – such as national, ethnic, gender, racial or religious – and reveal ways in which participation in the program has shaped their personal outlooks.
Black Feminism in the Context of German Society – Reflections on Active Engagement for Change