Clara Franco Yáñez

Doctoral Researcher

  • Short CV

    • Since 2016: Doctoral Student at the University of Hamburg and at the GIGA Doctoral Programme

    • 09/2015 to date: Collaboration as an International Affairs consultant, with Dr. José Antonio Hernández Pacheco, medical specialist at Mexico’s National Institute of Perinatology "Isidro Espinosa de los Reyes" (INPER-IER). Research for publications on INPER’s scientific journal: "Perinatología y Reproducción Humana"

    • 11/2015 - 08/2016: Parliamentary Advisor in International Affairs, to the Human Rights Commission at National Congress in Mexico (Lower Chamber – Cámara de Diputados), LXIII Legislature

    • 08/2014 - 12/2014: Research Collaborator/Intern at the Network for International Policies and Cooperation in Education and Training (NORRAG) in Geneva, Switzerland. Responsible for research project on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and their impact in developing regions

    • 10/2013 - 03/2014: Database Intern at the Human Rights Treaties Division; United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva, Switzerland

    • 03/2013: Collaborator for research and analysis project: "Health in the Post-2015 Development Agenda", with Prof. Ilona Kickbusch, consultant to the World Health Organization. Geneva, Switzerland

    • 03/2013 - 08/2013: Fundraising Intern at the Development and Outreach Department; at Human Rights Watch (HRW) office in Geneva, Switzerland

    • 01/2009 - 07/2009: Intern, Permanent Mission of Mexico to the World Trade Organization (WTO); Geneva, Switzerland

    • 05/2008 - 07/2008: Summer Intern, Regional Office of the Ministry of Economy (Secretaría de Economía); San Luis Potosí, Mexico

    • 01/2007 - 12/2008: Volunteer work as a tutor and course coordinator for Tecnológico de Monterrey’s “PREPANET” online education programme. San Luis Potosí, Mexico

    • Education: M.A. in International Affairs (2014); Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, Switzerland; B.A. in International Business, Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Campus San Luis Potosí Mexico

    • Monthly collaborator to local magazine “Revista Mujeres” based in Oaxaca, Mexico, since 2012


    • Pathways to Dialogue: Mapping Norm Contestation in the Debate about Legal Abortion in Mexico from 2007 to 2021

    Clara Franco Yáñez

    Doctoral Researcher

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    GIGA Focus Latin America | 3/2021

    Abortion Rights in Latin America: An Unsettled Battle

    Despite feminist movements’ many steps forward in Latin America, abortion rights remain an issue where political clashes continue, and American countries still exhibit some of the world’s most prohibitive abortion laws. Clara Franco Yáñez analyses the situation in this GIGA Focus.

    Clara Franco Yáñez

    Doctoral Researcher


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