Aisha Bain is a Senior Program Advisor for the Women’s Protection and Empowerment Unit at the International Rescue Committee (IRC.) In this capacity, Aisha is leading a five-year initiative to amplify the voices of women and girls as leaders within their own communities, driving forward solutions to end the violence perpetrated against them in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and amongst refugees in the United States. Aisha is also an IRC Emergency Team Roster member, recently returned from the crisis in Philippines and led IRC’s emergency responses in the DRC in early 2013, 2012, 2009, and 2008.
Aisha has previously served IRC in a number of leadership roles, including as Deputy Director in Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake and as Rapid Response Field Coordinator in eastern DRC. In these capacities, she supervised operations for the implementation of multi-million dollar relief and development programs and managed a comprehensive 48-hour emergency response program, rapidly assessing needs and coordinating the delivery of services in water and sanitation, emergency education, child protection and human rights. Additionally, Aisha has worked on drought response with Oxfam International in Ethiopia, women's rights in India and the Maghreb, anti-discrimination in the Balkans, and environmental rights in Mongolia for Global Rights: Partners for Justice. She also co-founded a project where she documented human rights abuses in eastern Chad and Darfur. Her work resulted in a documentary she produced entitled Darfur Diaries: Message from Home, as well as a book she co-authored, Darfur Diaries: Stories of Survival. The proceeds from the documentary and book went toward building schools in North Darfur in partnership with the Darfur Peace and Development Organization. Furthermore, Aisha served as Peace Corps volunteer in Madagascar.
Aisha holds an M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University, where she concentrated in human rights and was bestowed with the university’s Peacemaker Award. She speaks French and Malagasy, and has a working knowledge of Spanish, Haitian Creole and Arabic.