On 16 September, on the margins of the 75th UN General Assembly, we held a webinar to focus attention on the vital role of community leadership in the global fight against COVID-19.
Featured Panelist: Bineta Diop; Special Envoy of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission on Women, Peace and Security
Mme Bineta Diop is the founder and president of Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS), an international NGO created in 1996, that seeks to foster, strengthen and promote the leadership role of women in conflict prevention, management and resolution in Africa.
Ms. Diop has led numerous peace-building programs to enhance women’s participation in peace processes. She played an instrumental role in achieving gender parity within the African Union Commission in 2003, the adoption of the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa (2004) and the adoption of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (2003) by the African Union. She led the setting up of the Gender is My Agenda Campaign Network (GIMAC).
Ms. Diop received numerous honors and awards. In 2011, Time Magazine declared her one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Ms.Diop studied Management in Paris, France and Public Relations and Communication in Lausanne, Switzerland. She received an Honorary Doctorate from the United Nations-mandated University for Peace in 2012 and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Middlesex in London, UK, in 2014.
Featured Panelist: Ghulam Rasoul Rasouli; Former Director General Citizen’s Charter for The Islamic Republic of Afganistan
Rasoul has more than 25 years of development experience, including 11 years in senior managerial and leadership capacities for Afghanistan’s flagship National Solidarity Program (NSP) and the Citizens’ Charter National Priority Program (CCNPP), having served at different times as Director General, Executive Director and Director of Operations. Rasoul focuses on operations management and design of large programs in fragile contexts, in and out of Afghanistan. He works at the intersection of governments, multilateral institutions, and NGOs to build self-reliance of rural communities through community-driven development (CDD) approaches.
Featured Panelist: Maribel Gallardo Escobedo; Oaxaca Regional Coordinator for The Hunger Project
Maribel Gallardo Escobedo is a Mazateca indigenous woman from San José Tenango, Oaxaca. She has been working with The Hunger Project Mexico for 10 years as the regional coordinator in Oaxaca where she has strengthened and put in practice her knowledge about community development. She is also in charge of the local advocacy efforts accompanying communities to look for development stakeholders that will contribute to creating different relationships that enable GFCLD processes. She believes in the power of the vision as a tool to break resignation caused by hunger and poverty situations.
Moderator: Gunjan Veda; Senior Advisor, Advocacy & Global Collaborative Research for The Movement for Community-led Development
Gunjan Veda is Senior Advisor, Advocacy and Global Collaborative Research for The Movement for Community-Led Development and is currently leading a collaborative research on the effectiveness of community-led development across 60+ countries.
Gunjan has worked extensively on a range of developmental issues with the non-profit and government sectors, including the Indian Government’s Planning Commission, where her portfolio included Gender, Health, Nutrition, Marginalized Communities and Child Rights. She founded IndiaReads (an online library) and helped establish WISH, a non-profit that works to scale up high-impact healthcare innovations in India.
Gunjan has authored many publications, including two books – Beautiful Country: Stories from Another India (with Syeda Hameed, Harper Collins; 2012) and The Museum of Broken Tea Cups (Sage; 2020). She holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a MA in International Relations from Warwick University, UK.