Sweet Hope Mapatano

Research Intern, Program on Gender, Rights and Resilience

Sweet Hope has been working with the Program on Gender, Rights and Resilence (GR2) since June 2020 and will continue to assit for the 2020-2021 academic year. She will be providing programmatic and administrative support for GR2's ongoing projects, particularly USAID’s RISE grant supporting local women’s groups in mining towns in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


She is an upcoming second-year medical school student at Tufts University. She graduated in 2017 from Duke University where she majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry and Global Health. While at Duke, she was able to participate in several experiences that continued to develop her interest in addressing the health and economic disparities women face around the world. One such experience was working with the organization Women and Development Against Distress in Africa (WADADIA) that helped identify women with obstetric fistulas and facilitate their surgical repair. Additionally, during her time in college, she collaborated with three other students to teach a course called Women in International Development where we discussed key issues facing women both in the United States and abroad. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a master's degree in public health.