Received Sylff Fellowship in 2004.
Current affiliation: UNDP Namibia
Dr Divona is a gender expert and public policy analyst. She holds a Ph.D in Sociology with a major in gender topics from University of Palermo, Italy (2008). She received her first Sylff fellowship in 2004 while attending the International Master in Public Policies at Institute of Political Education "Pedro Arrupe" in Palermo. In 2005 she took part at the Sylff Africa-Europe Regional Forum held at University of Coimbra, Portugal. In 2006 she was awarded a Sylff Mobility Program fellowship and went as visiting scholar to University of California, San Diego, and joined also the Sylff JIP "Community Energy Initiatives" as a team member. She was one of the 20 fellows selected for the Sylff Workshop 2018-2019.
Dr Divona brings more than 10 years of experience working mainly as advisor, consultant and researcher for the civilian and the military environment. Her focus is on topics such as women and conflict, gender responsive budgeting, and social analysis. She gained military experience serving as Reserve Officer of the Italian Army inside a NATO HQ, working as knowledge development social analyst and gender advisor for the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda. After leaving her last military assignment in 2018, she is currently serving at UNDP Namibia as Gender Technical Advisor, working at the Ministry of Gender Equality and supporting the Namibian Government on the implementation of the Country’s gender responsive budgeting.