Katherine Watson (better known as ‘Kat’) is a freelance consultant working in the areas of sexual and reproductive health, rights and law. She has a passion for advancing the sexual rights of young people and believes the only way to do so is to put their lived experiences and realities at the center of her work.
Before going freelance in 2014, Kat worked at the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s (IPPF) Central Office in London for six years. In her capacity as Youth Officer, she pioneered research into the effects of sexual and medical consent laws on young people’s access to SRH services. For three years, she managed an eighteen-country programme focused on scaling up access to services and sexuality education that contributed to the doubling of services provided to young people across IPPF. As a consultant, Kat has worked for UNAIDS, WHO, Ipas, Rutgers and IPPF on developing strategies and disseminating research related to young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health services, information and education; for Amplify Change on reviewing project concept notes related to young people and legal advocacy; and for the Sexual Rights Initiative and IPPF on large-scale legal research projects. Kat’s expertise cuts across topic areas such as youth engagement, abortion access, sexual rights law and policy, and youth-friendly services, whilst her skill set includes qualitative and legal research, writing and editing, workshop facilitation, evaluation, policy analysis and grant management.
Kat attended Boston University, from which she graduated with a degree in Spanish after spending part of her college career at la Universidad Autonoma in Madrid, Spain. She also completed a Master’s degree in Global Politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science and a law degree at BPP Law School (London, UK). Kat is a qualified barrister (lawyer) and a member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, where she was called to the Bar in 2012. She speaks, reads and writes Spanish to an advanced level and lives in Cairo, Egypt with her family.