Gema is a Spanish human rights lawyer who specialises in human trafficking, violence against women and sexual and reproductive rights. She is a senior staff attorney at the NGO Women’s Link Worldwide, where she has been working for the past seven years in Madrid, Spain. She litigates women’s rights cases before the Spanish courts, the European Court of Human Rights and the CEDAW Committee, including the case of Ángela González Carreño v. Spain.
Before joining Women’s Link, she worked for two governmental agencies on gender equality and fight against gender-based violence. She is a fellow of the International Women’s Human Rights Protection Program of the Women’s Human Rights Training Institute (Bulgaria), 2011-2013 and guest lecturer in the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Valencia.
She has published widely on women's rights and migration in Spanish. Some of her publications in English include Gender Stereotypes in Gender-Based Violence Court Proceedings: The CEDAW Committee's Role on the Elimination of Discrimination and Stereotyping, the Research Paper Implementation of Directive 2011/36/EU from a gender perspective in Spain for the European Parliament and the blog post CEDAW Issues a Historic Ruling in a Gender Violence Case.
During her time at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security, she will be focusing on research aimed at rethinking trafficking to include the women, peace and security agenda. Specifically looking at the current debates around the gender implications of trafficking beyond sexual exploitation.