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Bineta Diop

Senegal
Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, African Union Commission

She is the Founder and President of Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS), an international NGO that seeks to foster, strengthen and promote the leadership role of women in conflict prevention, management and resolution in Africa. She played an instrumental role in achieving gender parity within the African Union (AU) Commission’s leadership and in the adoption of the Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa as well as the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa. Bineta Diop has led peace building programs as well as many women peace and security initiatives. She was recognized as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2011. She co-chaired the WEF on Africa in 2014. She studied International Relations and Diplomacy. She has a Honoris Causa from the United Nations affiliated University for Peace (UPEACE), Costa Rica and Middlesex University, in United Kingdom.