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Linda Eckerbom Cole is the co-founder and executive director of African Women Rising, a non-profit organization working to empower women affected by war in Africa. Linda is committed to gender-based analyses and programming of humanitarian and development initiatives in the African context. She has extensive fieldwork experience in community needs assessments, preventive health interventions, and small-scale farming in Guinea-Bissau, Angola, Mozambique, and Uganda. Linda has a master’s degree in Humanitarian Assistance from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. She is the co-author of “Women, Girls, Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR)” with Dyan Mazurana, published in “Women and Wars,” edited by Carol Cohn. Linda is the recipient of the 2014 Leah Horowitz Humanitarian Award.