We are excited to welcome our Delegation in honour of the 15th Anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325! WILPF has helped to bring six women from various nations to participate in an integral discussion throughout the week on the implementation of UNSCR 1325. From Nigeria to Cameroon, and from Colombia to Lebanon, these extraordinary women have made significant strides toward helping to implement the Women, Peace and Security Agenda.
Introducing the October 2015 WILPF delegation!
Joy Ada Onyesoh is the President of WILPF Nigeria. She holds a variety of degrees and is currently pursuing a Doctoral in Transformative Studies and Bachelor of Laws Degree. Joy’s ten years of working experience with women from diverse cultural and philosophical backgrounds makes her a crucial asset to the Women, Peace and Security discourse.
Annie Matundu Mbambi is a Gender and Development Consultant and holds a double Masters degree in Public Financial and Economic Planning from the State University of Antwerp, Belgium. Her 20 years of experience as an activist for women’s rights make her the perfect choice for her current role as the Chair of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF DRC).
Rasha Mahmoud is the legal consultant for WILPF Lebanon, a PhD student in Paris. Rasha Mahmoud currently works as a legal consultant who provides expert, and professional legal advice on a contractual basis (ITEC-CDR directly accountable to the Council of Ministers) with a focus on Human Rights.
Katherine Ronderos is the director of WILPF Colombia and works in project development for the implementation of UNSCR 1325 and 1820 at local level with women victims of the armed conflict in three regions of Colombia. Previously, Katherine worked for the UN Special Rapporteur on VAW, Ms Rashida Manjoo and London-based women’s organisations, and has experience in advocacy and lobby to multilateral organisations such as the EU and UN.
Sylvie Jacqueline Ndongmo is a teacher, human rights defender, and a gender expert who has been active in civil society for the past 19 years. Her expertise is in the area of human rights, gender and peacebuilding. She holds multiple degrees from international institutions and has been the President of WILPF Cameroon since 2014.
Manuela Mesa is the Vice President of WILPF Spain. She has worked for more than two decades within a development NGOs and on peace and conflict institutes linked to the pacifist Spanish movement. Her professional experiences include activities related to development education and research for peace and conflicts.
WILPF is honoured to welcome these extraordinary women to New York for a week of workshops, forums and dialogue focused on mobilising commitments into action to leverage local change and unite a global network of international peacemakers!
Be sure to check back later for a wrap-up of our delegation!