Liv Hernæs Kvanvig

Email: [email protected]Phone: +47 99 70 87 65Twitter: @LKvanvig

Liv is the coordinator for the International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief (IPPFoRB) and heads the Norwegian secretariat which is located in the NHC.

“After several years working closely with grassroots human rights defenders who are actively engaged in advocacy towards local governments and politicians in their respective countries, it is very exciting to be given the opportunity to work directly with parliamentarians on a topic that means so much to so many”.

Liv joined the NHC in 2018 after having worked for the Norwegian Human Rights Fund since 2013. There, she was responsible for support to local human rights organisations in countries such as India, Indonesia, Thailand and Liberia. She has previously been employed by the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights and the Norwegian Immigration Appeals Board.

“For me, human rights work is a large part of my life. Through many years of work in this field, I have met so many people for whom I have great respect.  They get up every morning and fight for a brighter future for existing and future generations. Many of them place themselves at great risk because they engage in topics that are politically sensitive or challenge economic interests. I feel a responsibility to support their work and do what I can to promote human rights here in Norway and abroad”.

Liv has studied development studies, social anthropology, international relations and Asian politics. She has several years of experience working at a nursing home and as language teacher for the Norwegian Foreign Service, and she has also worked for the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a consultant. She speaks English, French, Indonesian and some Spanish.

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