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She Stands for Peace

United Nations Office to the African Union

"She Stands for Peace" is a podcast by the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU), hosted by Dr Yemisi Akinbobola. She Stands for Peace explores the state of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Africa, through a series of conversations with key actors. From policymakers, to donors, and grassroots peacebuilders, each episode takes a deep dive to unpack the various insights and lived experiences of guests to explore the central question; "20 years after UNSCR 1325 was passed, how far have we come?". The interviews are insightful and inspiring, as they take stock and share forward looking strategies for the implementation of UNSCR 1325, post-2020. For enquiries, email UNOAU Communications Team: unoau-public-information@un.org

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Episode Twenty-Two: Reconstruction and Peacebuilding an interview with Ahunna Eziakonwa
23-12-2021
Episode Twenty-Two: Reconstruction and Peacebuilding an interview with Ahunna Eziakonwa
Ahunna Eziakonwa is the Regional Director and Assistant Secretary General for UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa. In this episode, we talk about the application of a gender perspective on reconstruction and peacebuilding.
Episode Twenty-Two: Reconstruction and Peacebuilding an interview with Ahunna Eziakonwa
23-12-2021
Episode Twenty-Two: Reconstruction and Peacebuilding an interview with Ahunna Eziakonwa
Ahunna Eziakonwa is the Regional Director and Assistant Secretary General for UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa. In this episode, we talk about the application of a gender perspective on reconstruction and peacebuilding.
Episode Twenty-One: Human Rights with Ilze Brands Kehris
19-11-2021
Episode Twenty-One: Human Rights with Ilze Brands Kehris
Ilze Brands Kehris is the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights. In this episode, we discuss the range of mechanisms to respect, protect, and promote women's rights before, during and post-conflict. She offers her insights on keeping rights defenders safe in their interactions with the UN for human rights.
Episode Twenty: Trauma, Reconciliation and Forgiveness an Interview with Candice Mama
19-11-2021
Episode Twenty: Trauma, Reconciliation and Forgiveness an Interview with Candice Mama
Candice Mama is an author and activist whose work has been centred on trauma, reconciliation, and forgiveness. In this episode, we talk about her experience meeting and forgiving the man who murdered her father during Apartheid. Candice shares her thoughts on how we might approach reconciliation differently, support survivors of trauma and the importance of accurate historical education for peacebuilding.
Episode Nineteen: Digital Inclusion of Women an Interview with Marwa Azelmat
19-11-2021
Episode Nineteen: Digital Inclusion of Women an Interview with Marwa Azelmat
Marwa Azelmat is a Technology and Women's Rights Policy Consultant. In this episode, we explore the gaps and opportunities for women's digital inclusion in Africa’s Women, Peace and Security Agenda.
Episode Eighteen: From Commitment to Action an Interview with Raheemat Omoro Momodu
18-10-2021
Episode Eighteen: From Commitment to Action an Interview with Raheemat Omoro Momodu
Raheemat Omoro Momodu is Head of Human Security and Civil Society at ECOWAS- Economic Community of West African States. She shares her insights and best practices on how RECs, the African Union, and the Member States have translated commitments to action towards Africa's Women, Peace and Security agenda. CORRECTION: The RECs Liaison Officers' mandate was expanded to cover all areas of cooperation beyond Peace and Security, between the RECs and the African Union, was January 2009 and not January 2018.
Episode Seventeen: Inclusion and partnerships with Commissioner Bankole Adeoye and SRSG Hanna Tetteh
18-10-2021
Episode Seventeen: Inclusion and partnerships with Commissioner Bankole Adeoye and SRSG Hanna Tetteh
H.E. Bankole Adeoye is the African Union's Commissioner for Political Affairs and Peace and Security. SRSG Hanna Tetteh is the Head of the United Nations Office to the African Union. In this episode, we discuss the importance of partnerships based on mutual respect and commitment to implement the Women, Peace and Security agenda in Africa. With a background in political affairs, the guests share how their work in this area has shaped their perspectives on their approaches to the WPS agenda.
Episode Sixteen: Disarmament as a means for peacebuilding with Hon Betty Achan Ogwaro
18-10-2021
Episode Sixteen: Disarmament as a means for peacebuilding with Hon Betty Achan Ogwaro
Hon. Betty Achan Ogwaro is an MP in the government of South Sudan. In this episode, we discuss arms as a root cause of conflict that impacts women and girls unequally. Hon. Ogwaro offers insights on important sociocultural contexts in understanding the challenges of disarmament and the successful implementation of the peace agreement.
Episode Fifteen: Implementation with Dr Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka
10-10-2021
Episode Fifteen: Implementation with Dr Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka
In this episode, Dr Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka, former UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women discusses how the UN system, Member States and other parties at all levels work to uphold their commitments to implementing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda. She shares her insights on the importance of political will in moving the needle on women's rights and the central role youth play in this.
Episode Fourteen: Displacement and Humanitarian Assistance with Commissioner Amira El Fadil
16-08-2021
Episode Fourteen: Displacement and Humanitarian Assistance with Commissioner Amira El Fadil
Commissioner Amira El Fadil is the African Union's Commissioner for Social Affairs. In this episode, we discuss displacement and humanitarian assistance, and she shares her reflections on the Saleema Initiative and wider efforts to eliminate gender-based violence.
Episode Thirteen: Inspiring and organising the next generation of peacebuilders an interview with Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili
03-08-2021
Episode Thirteen: Inspiring and organising the next generation of peacebuilders an interview with Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili
Dr Obiageli “Oby” Ezekwesili is co-convener of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. In this episode, we speak with Dr Obiagelli Ezekwesili about inspiring and organising the next generation of peacebuilders. She shares insights on how we might approach governance and youth participation differently.
Episode Twelve: Pan-African Feminist Peacebuilding an interview with Aya Chebbi
30-06-2021
Episode Twelve: Pan-African Feminist Peacebuilding an interview with Aya Chebbi
Aya Chebbi is a pan-African feminist activist and former AU Special Envoy for Youth. In this episode, we talk about pan-Africanism and women’s participation in leadership and decision making for peace and development in Africa. Aya shares key insights on the importance of intergenerational dialogue towards the Women, Peace and Security agenda.
Episode Eleven: Women’s participation in peace negotiations an interview with Betty Bigombe
30-06-2021
Episode Eleven: Women’s participation in peace negotiations an interview with Betty Bigombe
Betty Bigombe is the Special Envoy of Uganda to the South Sudan Peace Process. In this episode, we talk about her experiences as a negotiator, which started with her encounters with LRA leader, Joseph Kony. Ms Bigombe talks further about the participation of women in formal peace negotiations and mediation, and the mental health toll of mediation.
Episode Ten: Sexual Violence in Conflict an interview with SRSG Pramila Patten
09-06-2021
Episode Ten: Sexual Violence in Conflict an interview with SRSG Pramila Patten
Pramila Patten is the Special Representation of the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict. In this episode, we discuss sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) against women in conflict and post-conflict settings. SRSG Patten also speaks to the plight of refugees in conflict areas and offers her insights and expertise on how the international community can better address sexual violence in conflict.
Episode Nine: Conflict Prevention an interview with Teresa Whitfield
04-06-2021
Episode Nine: Conflict Prevention an interview with Teresa Whitfield
Teresa Whitfield is Director of Policy and Mediation Division, at the UN Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA). In this episode we talk about conflict prevention, and the incorporation of a gender perspective and the participation of women in preventing the emergence, spread, and re-emergence of violent conflict.
Episode Eight: Peacekeepers and Protection of Women's Rights an interview with SRSG Nicholas Haysom
24-05-2021
Episode Eight: Peacekeepers and Protection of Women's Rights an interview with SRSG Nicholas Haysom
Nicholas Haysom is Special Representation of the Secretary General to South Sudan, and Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan. In this episode, we discuss the roles peacekeepers play in the protection of women's rights. From being Chief Legal and Constitutional Adviser to Late President Nelson Mandela, with whom he worked again during the Burundi Peace Talks, to his work in Sudan and more recently South Sudan. SRSG Haysom shares his reflections, insights, and expertise.
Episode Seven:  Operationalizing Peace an interview with Andre Mundal
17-05-2021
Episode Seven: Operationalizing Peace an interview with Andre Mundal
Mr. Andre Mundal is the Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security, at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affair. In this episode, we discuss the commitment of member states to the WPS agenda. Mr. Mundal has a background in both the military and diplomacy and brings insights on the effective operationalizing of National Action Plans of UNSCR 1325. Norway's current, and fourth National Action Plan offers an example of how member states might monitor and measure success of NAPs. Mr. Mundal stresses the importance of working with an active civil society and creating opportunities for new learning.
Episode Six: Youth, Peace and Security an interview with Hajer Sharief and Karabo Mokgonyana
12-05-2021
Episode Six: Youth, Peace and Security an interview with Hajer Sharief and Karabo Mokgonyana
Hajer Sharief is the cofounder and project manager of 'Together We Build It' organisation in Libya, and Karabo Mokgonyana is the African Youth Ambassador for Peace at the African Union. In this episode, we explore their journey as young women peacebuilders, and discuss youth participation, participation of young women in peacebuilding, and social media led activism as a natural habitat for youth participation. Hajer and Karabo also offer their insights on the extent to which UNSCRs1325 and 2250 have been integrated in Africa's Women, Peace and Security agenda.
Episode Five: Glocalizing Peace an interview with SRSG Bintou Keita
03-05-2021
Episode Five: Glocalizing Peace an interview with SRSG Bintou Keita
In episode one of season two of the She Stands for Peace podcast, Dr Yemisi Akinbobola interviews Bintou Keita, Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). SRSG Keita speaks on the importance of localising peace processes.
Episode Four: Localizing Peace an interview with Mme Bineta Diop
03-03-2021
Episode Four: Localizing Peace an interview with Mme Bineta Diop
Mme Bineta Diop is the Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, to the African Union Commission. In this episode, we talk about examples of WPS initiatives in Africa, highlighting the key attributes that make them successful. Mme Diop's insights also considers what the wider international peacebuilding community can learn from these localised approaches, and how that might impact donor funding allocation.
Episode Three: Mediation for Peace an interview with Hester Adriana Paneras, Martha Tukahirwa, and Lydia Hafyenanye
18-02-2021
Episode Three: Mediation for Peace an interview with Hester Adriana Paneras, Martha Tukahirwa, and Lydia Hafyenanye
In this episode of She Stands for Peace podcast series, host Dr Yemisi Akinbobola, is joined by three women who each have a range of roles and experiences in peacebuilding. Hester Adriana Paneras, is the Head of Institutional and Operational Partnership Service at the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU); Martha Tukahirwa is the regional advocacy and communications offer at the Strategic Initiative for women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA Network); and Lydia Hafyenanye, a Police officer with the Namibian police force, and a former peacekeeper with the UN Police working with the UN/AU Mission in Darfur. The focus of this episode is Mediation for Peace.