Special Envoy on Women, Peace and security 

 Bineta DiopBineta Diop is the Founder and President of Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS), an international NGO) that seeks to foster, strengthen and promote the leadership role of women in conflict prevention, management and resolution in Africa. She played an instrumental role in achieving gender parity within the African Union Commission’s leadership and in the adoption of the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa as well as the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa. She has led peace building programs as well as many women’ peace and security initiatives.

In January 2014, she was appointed by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission as Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security. Mme Diop was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2011. She was co-chair of the World Economic Forum on Africa in 2014.

An Africa where women and men enjoy equal rights and equal participation in the building of a peaceful, secure and prosperous continent in line with Agenda 2063
  • To promote the protection and advancement of the rights of women and children, in particular those affected by violent conflicts in Africa.
  • To Ensure gender mainstreaming and equal participation of women in peace processes, including in conflict prevention, management, resolution and peacebuilding.
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) appointed in 2014, the Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security (WPS), with mandate to, “ensure that the voices of women and the vulnerable are heard much more clearly in peacebuilding and in conflict resolution”.
What we stand for
The Special Envoy’s work aims to close the gap between policy and implementation. The mandate is anchored on the priority pillars of the landmark United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, subsequent related UN resolutions and African Union instruments and policies. It is hence articulated around four main strands:
  • The prevention of violence against women and girls in conflict, situations of insecurity and in times of peace;
  • The protection of women and girls from sexual and gender-based violence, including in humanitarian situations;
  • The participation of women at all levels of decision-making in the prevention, management, resolution of conflict and peacebuilding processes;
  • The recognition and incorporation of gender perspectives in relief and recovery efforts.
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