Nikou is a Research Consultant for GNWP. She is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Conflict Studies and Human Rights at the University of Ottawa.
Nikou has extensive research experience focused on the intersections of gender, conflict and development. She has recently completed a research project on girls’ access to education in Ziguinchor, Senegal and has worked on applying a gender lens to a project on the micro-dynamics of political protest in Sub-Saharan Africa. She has also participated in an undergraduate research project on state fragility and conflict early warning systems that was recognized by The Venture Initiative at the University of Ottawa for excellence in 2019.
Through various volunteer positions, she has co-organized local initiatives to raise awareness of human rights abuses and the work of human rights defenders in Canada and in Latin America. As an intersectional feminist with experience in program support and policy research, she is passionate about advocating for gender equality and the rights of women and girls, in all their diversity.
Nikou is fluent in Farsi, English and French, and is learning Spanish.