Charlotte McClain Nhlapo

Disability Advisor- East Asia & Pacific Region World Bank

Charlotte McClain NhlapoCharlotte McClain-Nhlapo is currently on a leave of absence from the South African Human Rights Commission. For the last year she has been at the World Bank where she is the disability advisor to the East Asia and the Pacific region.

She joined the Commission in August 1999, focusing on socio-economic rights, disability rights and child rights. In addition to the thematic areas she is responsible for two provinces Mpumalanga and Limpopo.

Charlotte McClain-Nhalpo obtained a Master of International Law at the University of Warsaw in Poland in 1998, and thereafter studied for an LLM at Cornell Law School in New York.

She has always been involved with human rights issues, particularly working in the area of marginalized groups, children, women and people with disabilities. Before joining the Commission she was a Project Officer on Child Protection for UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund). She helped draft provincial policy for street children and convened a task team to establish a national register for sexual offenders against children. She is a member of the S.A. Law Commission Project Committee on sexual offences by and against children, and was Legal Advisor to the Disability Desk in the Office of the Deputy President during 1996.

She has worked in various capacities with the UN agencies on child rights, the right to food and the rights of people with disabilities. She also serves on a number of community boards and is chair of the board of RAPCAN (Resources Aimed at the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect).

She is the deputy Chairperson of the University of South Africa (UNISA) Council and also a member of UNISA council. Ms McClain-Nhlapo has written widely on human rights issues and is committed to social justice.