A former Buckhaven High School pupil has been presented with a prestigious fellowship award for her work in the peace field.
Katie Rougvie, originally from Largo, is currently living in Bangui, in the Central African Republic.
After leaving school, she studied for an MA Hons in Languages - Interpreting and Translating at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh before undertaking an internship at the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations in New York.
Since then, she has worked in Jordan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia and South Sudan.
Explaining her current role as a Women’s Rights and Gender-based Violence Programme Manager for Mercy Corps, Katie said: “I manage several projects which aim to improve medical, psychosocial, legal and police response to gender-based violence while raising awareness on the issue, in order to prevent it.”
Now, in recognition of her hard work in the peace field, she has just been awarded the Rotary Peace Fellowship Award after applying for it in June.
The fellowship will allow her to study for an MA in Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies at the University of Queensland, in Brisbane, something which Katie has been keen to do for years.
“Having spent the past few years wondering if I would ever be able to do the MA I had dreamt of for so long, I was absolutely over the moon to find out I had won!” said Katie. “I had spent a good couple of years working on a voluntary basis in some difficult places to gain experience, and suddenly it felt like all the work and the blood and sweat and tears had paid off somehow.”
Looking to the future, Katie has big plans: “My goal is to deepen my understanding of war, and conflict-related sexual violence and women’s rights in times of conflict, and ultimately to work with the UN Dept of Peacekeeping Operations. Watch this space, Ban-Ki Moon.”