Georgette Mulheir has dedicated her working life to protecting children. She was born in England and studied at Sheffield University. She started on her path in 1993 when she moved to Romania to set up a mother and baby unit in Bucharest. She pioneered a model to deinstitutionalize children that resulted in the reduction of children in Romanian orphanages. Georgette Mulheir has gone from there to advocate for children in 33 countries over the past three decades. She advanced global recognition of the harm to children in orphanages and compelled governments to end childhood institutionalization. She took her fight for the children to Sudan, where she worked with UNICEF to develop a care system for abandoned babies.
Georgette Mulheir was instrumental in Sudan’s reinterpretation of Sharia law to decriminalize single motherhood. The reinterpretation reduced abandonment and is estimated to have saved the lives of 10,000 children. She is the successful author of four books on children’s and women’s rights. Georgette Mulheir’s work is recognized internationally. She received the Charity of the Year Award in the UK and was listed as one of the 30 most influential social workers in the world by the US Social Work Degree Guide. Georgette Mulheir’s most recent cause is bringing stabilization and democracy to Haiti.
She has founded Defend Haiti’s Democracy (DHD). DHD is an international organization devoted to ending the violence in Haiti and restoring democracy through the rule of law. The children of Haiti are suffering from the violence and destabilization that has taken over the country. Gangs are kidnapping children and forcing them into criminal activity. According to Georgette Mulheir, one of the goals of DHD is to put into place protections to prevent young children from being recruited into gangs. The organization seeks the immediate release of children and to assist them with their return to normal life. Through the work of DHD, Georgette Mulheir continues her fight to improve the lives of children around the world.