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Bineta Diop

Founder and President, Femmes Africa Solidarité

Founder and Chair of the Board of Femmes Africa Solidarité an NGO created in 1996. Currently Special Envoy of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission on Women, Peace and Security (WPS). More than 35 years of experiences on women human rights issues, led peace building initiatives, conducted teams to observe elections and facilitated women peace dialogue in Africa. Has played key role in the adoption of many instruments and programs for women in Africa. Co-chaired the civil society advisory group to the UN on Security Council Resolution 1325 (WPS) 2010. Member of the AU Commission of Enquiry on South Sudan in 2014. Served in many international executive and advisory boards, such as ICRC and Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue. Co-chaired the WEF on Africa in 2014. Knighted by French Legion d'Honneur in 2013. Received numerous awards such as the Jacques Chirac Foundation in 2013. Recognized as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2011. Doctor Honoris Causa from the UN University for Peace, Costa Rica and Middlesex University in UK. Studied International Relations and Diplomacy.