Podcast Series: She Stands for Peace

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"She Stands for Peace" is a podcast series that explores the state of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Africa, through a series of dialogues with key actors. From policymakers, to donors, and grassroots peacebuilders, the host, Dr. Yemisi Akinbobola, takes a deep dive to unpack the various insights and lived experiences of guests to explore the central question; "20 years after the 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.

Download the UNSCR 1325 Commemorative Book "She Stands for Peace: 20 Years, 20 Journeys": ENGLISH VERSION or FRENCH VERSION

Episode 20 |Trauma, Reconciliation and Forgiveness | Candice Mama

Candice Mama is an author and activist from South Africa whose work has centred on trauma, reconciliation, and forgiveness. In this episode, she talks 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, how to support survivors of trauma, and the importance of accurate historical education for peacebuilding.  Listen to this episode on your favourite podcast platform: https://linktr.ee/SheStandsForPeace


Episode 19 | Digital Inclusion of Women| Marwa Azelmat
Marwa Azelmat is Technology and Women's Rights Policy Consultant. In this episode, she explores the gaps and opportunities for the digital inclusion of women in Africa’s Women, Peace and Security Agenda. Listen to this episode on your favourite podcast platform: https://linktr.ee/SheStandsForPeace


Episode 18| From Commitment to Action | Raheemat Omoro Momodu
Raheemat Omoro Momodu is Head of Human Security and Civil Society at ECOWAS- Economic Community of West African States. In this episode, Ms. Raheemat shares her insights and best practices on how RECs, the African Union and the Member States have translated commitments to Women, Peace and Security, to action. Listen to this episode on your favourite podcast platform: https://linktr.ee/SheStandsForPeace


Episode 17| Inclusion and Partnerships | H.E. 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, they discuss the importance of partnerships based on mutual respect and commitment for the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Africa. With a background in political affairs, these guests share how their work in this area has shaped their perspectives on their approaches to the WPS Agenda. Listen to this episode on iTunesStitcher,TuneIn DeezerSpotifyAudible and SoundCloud, Amazon Music


Episode 16 | Disarmament as a means for peacebuilding | Hon Betty Ogwaro
Hon. Betty Achan Ogwaro is an MP in the government of Southern Sudan. In this episode, she discusses 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. Listen to this episode on iTunesStitcher,TuneIn DeezerSpotifyAudible and SoundCloud, Amazon Music

Episode 15 | Implementation of the WPS Agenda | Dr. Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka
Dr. Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka is the Former Executive Director of UN Women. In this episode, she 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. Listen to this episode on iTunesStitcher,TuneIn DeezerSpotifyAudible and SoundCloud, Amazon Music

Episode 14 | Displacement and Humanitarian Assistance | AU Commissioner El Fadil
H.E. Amira El Fadil is the African Union Commission's Commissioner for Social Affairs. Ahead of the 2021 World Humanitarian Day on 19 August, we discuss issues relating to displacement and humanitarian assistance in Africa. Listen to this episode on iTunesStitcher,TuneIn DeezerSpotifyAudible and SoundCloud, Amazon Music

Episode 13 | Inspiring & Organising the next generation of peacebuilders| Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili
Dr Obiageli “Oby” Ezekwesili is co-convener of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. In this episode, Dr Oby  talks about inspiring and organising the next generation of peacebuilders. She shares insights on how we might approach governance and youth participation differently. Listen to this episode on iTunesStitcher,TuneIn DeezerSpotifyAudible and SoundCloud, Amazon Music

Episode 12: Pan-African Feminist Peacebuilding | Aya Chebbi
Aya Chebbi is a pan-African feminist activist and the former AU Special Envoy for Youth. In this episode, she talks about Pan-Africanism, and women’s participation in leadership and decision-making for peace and development in Africa. Aya also shares key insights on the importance of inter-generational dialogue towards the Women, Peace and Security Agenda. Listen to this episode on iTunesStitcher,TuneIn DeezerSpotifyAudible and SoundCloud, Amazon Music

Episode 11: Women's Participation in Peace Negotiations – A conversation with Betty Bigombe 
Betty Bigombe is the Special Envoy of Uganda to the South Sudan Peace Process. In this episode, she talks 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 touches on the mental health aspect of mediation. Listen to this episode on iTunesStitcher,TuneIn DeezerSpotifyAudible and SoundCloud, Amazon Music

Episode 10: Sexual Violence in Conflict with SRSG Pramila Patten  
Pramila Patten is the Special Representation of the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict. In this episode, SRSG Patten discusses sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) against women in conflict and post-conflict settings. She 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. Listen to this episode on iTunesStitcher,TuneIn , DeezerSpotify, Audible and SoundCloud, Amazon Music

Episode 9: “Conflict Prevention – A conversation with Ms. Teresa Whitfield” 
Ms. Whitfield is the Director of the Policy and Mediation Division, UNDPPA. In this episode, she talks 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.  Listen to this episode on iTunesStitcher,TuneIn , DeezerSpotify, Audible and SoundCloud, Amazon Music

Episode 8: 'Peacekeepers and the Protection of Women’s Rights' – A conversation with 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, he discusses 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. Listen to this episode on iTunesStitcher,TuneIn , DeezerSpotify, Audible and SoundCloud, Amazon Music

Episode 7: 'Operationalizing Peace' – A conversation with André Mundal
André Mundal is the Special Representative for Women, Peace and Security, Norway. In this episode, he discusses the commitment of Member States to the WPS Agenda. André 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 the success of NAPs. He also stresses the importance of working with an active civil society and creating opportunities for new learning. 
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Episode 6: 'Youth, Peace and Security' - Panel discussion 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, our host Dr Yemisi Akinbobola explores 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 agendaListen to this episode on iTunesStitcher,TuneIn , DeezerSpotify, Audible and YouTubeAmazon Music
 

Episode 5: 'Glocalizing Peace' with SRSG Bintou Keita, MONUSCO

In this episode, our host 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 about her work and reflections on local ownership of peacekeeping, which we've summarized as ‘Glocalizing Peace”.  Listen to this episode on iTunesStitcher,TuneInYouTube, DeezerSpotify, Audible and Amazon Music

Episode 4: 'Localizing Peace' with Madame Bineta Diop, AU Special Envoy on WPS
In this episode of She Stands for Peace, host Dr Yemisi Akinbobola is joined by Mme Bineta Diop, Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security to the African Union Commission. The focus of this episode is localizing peace. Listen to this episode on iTunesStitcher,TuneInYouTube, DeezerSpotify  Audible and Amazon Music

Episode 3: 'Mediation for Peace' – a panel discussion 
In this episode, our host Dr. Yemisi Akinbobola is joined by three women with a range of roles and experiences in peacebuilding. Ms. Hester Paneras is the Head of Institutional and Operational Partnership Service at the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU), Ms. Martha Tukahirwa is the regional advocacy and communications officer at the Strategic Initiative for women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA Network); and Ms. 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. Listen to this episode on 
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Episode 2: 'Financing Peace' with Per Olsson Fridh
Per Olsson Fridh is the State Secretary for the Swedish International Development Corporation. In this episode, we talk about financing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Africa, and how governments might apply a feminist approach to their foreign policy. Listen to this episode on 
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Episode 1: 'Partnerships for Peace' an interview with SRSG Hanna Tetteh

Hanna Tetteh is the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) to the African Union and Head of the United Nations Office to the African Union. In this episode, we talk about the various levels of partnerships involved in achieving the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Africa. Listen to this episode on iTunesStitcher,TuneInYouTube, DeezerSpotify, Audible and Amazon Music

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