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Bineta Diop

Founder and President, Femmes Africa Solidarité

PhD candidate in International Relations and Diplomacy. Formerly: led peace building programmes, women peace and security initiatives that resulted in the creation of the Mano River Women's Peace Network (awarded the 2003 UN General Assembly Human Rights Prize); conducted teams to observe elections in post-conflict areas (Liberia), and facilitated women peace talks, within Burundi and Congolese negotiations; had an instrumental role in achieving gender parity within African Union Commission. Special Envoy for Women, Peace and Security of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission. Listed as one of Time's 100 most influential people (2011).