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Maria Bray

Child Protection & Psychosocial Support Senior Advisor

ORGANISATION: Terre des hommes

Maria Bray is a cross-cultural psychologist. Since 2010, she has served as the Global Child Protection and Psychosocial Advisor for Terre des hommes, a Swiss child protection organisation. In this role, she provides remote and on-site technical support to child protection projects developed in emergency and in-development contexts. She is also in charge of developing further expertise for the organisation in relation to protecting children through promising practices, one of which is sport.

At the beginning of her career, Bray spent eight years as a child protection and psychosocial project coordinator in several humanitarian settings, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Georgia. Sport has been a systematic component of the projects she designed and implemented to support children and their families in times of distress, which resulted in impressive outcomes for the affected population at both individual and group level.

Sport is a means and an end when we look at it through the lens of human rights and child rights, and it is a strong tool in protecting children. Today, Terre des hommes is looking at strengthening the links between sport and protection: protection in sport, through sport and around sport. In the past 18 months, Bray has coordinated a joint project with UNHCR and the International Olympic Committee to develop an operational guide and toolkit on how to use sport for youth protection in forced displacement settings.


The speakers

Using the unique power of sport to bring people together, the Olympism in Action Forum sees a range of global players, including Olympic Movement stakeholders, athletes, private and public sector leaders, NGO representatives, academics, artists and the media come together to talk on topical contemporary issues. Chosen because of their ability to effect change and their wide range of sometimes differing opinions, the speakers will lead lively debates and seek to challenge received wisdom to inspire new ways of thinking.

Meet the speakers.
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