Kieran joined the Cape Town office from August 2007 – March 2008, as a graduate student from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Kieran was one of Sonke’s first interns, and worked on a variety of activities. She attended and served as a rapporteur at the National Consultative Meeting on policy approaches to working with men to improve men’s health and achieve greater gender equality. She helped write grants and developed proposals for Sonke projects focused on working with men and boys to prevent gender-based violence (GBV) and promote healthy behaviors. She also edited, designed and drafted Sonke organizational reports for global distribution. As a part of her graduate internship, Kieran worked with key stakeholders to design a project focused on peer-led HIV/AIDS care and support in schools for students. She conducted key informant interviews and focus group discussions with youth, community members, and various stakeholders. She co-authored the Literature Review on Men, Gender, Health and HIV and AIDS in South Africa for USAID.
Kieran currently works in the International Health Group of Chemonics International in Washington, D.C., an international development firm. She volunteers her free time with the DC Rape Crisis Center as well as with the elderly. She continues to take interest in issues related to gender based violence, specifically the health and wellness of secondary survivors of abuse.