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Ms. Bineta Diop of Senegal is the Founder and President of Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS). She has led numerous peacebuilding programmes, including a women, peace and security initiative that resulted in the creation of a strong West African women’s movement, the Mano in Human Rights in 2003.
Ms. Diop has led teams to observe elections in post-conflict countries such as Liberia and solidarity missions to women in crisis situations, as in the case of Guinea. She has facilitated peace talks among women, particularly during the Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo peace negotiations. Ms. Diop played an instrumental role in achieving gender parity within the African Union Commission in 2003, which culminated in the election of five female Commissioners, and the adoption of the African Charter on Women and Peoples’ Rights(Maputo Protocol) and the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa.
Ms. Diop has been elected President of the African Union ECOSOCC Gender Cluster. She is involved in various NGO Working Groups that monitor United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. Ms. Diop is a member of the Global Agenda Council on Conflict Prevention of the World Economic Forum, and previously served in the 6th Advisory Group of the International Committee of the Red Cross, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue. In March 2010, she co-chaired the high level Civil Society Advisory Group on Resolution 1325 with H.E. Mary Robinson.
Ms. Diop has received numerous honours and awards. In 2011, Time Magazine has declared Bineta Diop as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2012, she was given the title of Doctor Honoris Causa by the University for Peace. She also received the French decoration, “La Légion d’Honneur” by the Ambassador of France in Geneva and the “Swiss Award” (category society) during a live TV gala in Zurich in January 2013. In March, she was given the 2013 Woman of Distinction Award by the NGO Committee on the Status of Women in New York.
Ms. Diop is currently completing her Ph.D in International Relations and Diplomacy.
Ms. Diop on the power of the Summit:
“No more fragmentation! Women united to save the world. IWECI - the driving force to connect the dots.”