Lysanne Rivard

Lysanne is a PhD Candidate at McGill University; for her dissertation, Lysanne is studying Rwandan girls’ perspectives on their lived experiences of physical education with the visual participatory method Photovoice. Lysanne is also a research assistant for femSTEP, a multidisciplinary research program studying Rwandan girls’ and women’s perspectives on development with visual participatory methodologies, and a consultant for Right to Play, the leading international organization on Sports for Development and Peace. She completed her MA degree in Child Study at Concordia, which focused on early childhood education and children’s rights in developing countries. She did an extended internship in Sri Lanka, working with the Canadian International Development Agency and the Early Childhood Development Unit of the Sri Lankan NGO Sarvodaya. After her MA, Lysanne worked for UNICEF Canada for two years.

Lysanne has published with The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research’s journal Disarmament Forum, and their edition on Children and Conflict. To access her article:
Universalism versus cultural relativism: improving DDR programming (on p. 47), click here.

Awards: SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, FQRSC Bourse de doctorat en recherche, Jackie Kirk Fellowship.


Rivard, L. (2010). Child Soldiers and Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Programs: The Universalism of Children’s Rights vs Cultural Relativism Debate. Journal of Humanitarian Assistance. Online publication:

femSTEP. (Producer), & Rivard, L. (Director). (2010). Photovoix Kigali 2009 [DVD].


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