Funding, Training and Mentoring: Opportunities and Obstacles for Women in Disarmament

Webinar 5: ‘Funding, Training and Mentoring: Opportunities and Obstacles for Women in Disarmament’

Our webinar, “Funding, Training and Mentoring: Opportunities and Obstacles for women in disarmament”, will explore practical and structural obstacles for women to both enter and progress in the disarmament and security fields. The focus will centre on the experiences of women from the global south. Questions that will be explored include: What education and training opportunities are available for women striving to enter the field? Considering that worldwide under 10-percent of grants are given to women-led organisations, what steps can be taken to overcome funding restrictions?

The webinar aims to place these themes within the broader socio-political context drawing in particular on the experiences and advice of established institutions which provide education and training in peacebuilding and disarmament. As part of this, the webinar will also provide insight into current campaigns and movements which are drawing attention to these obstacles and are striving to enhance the representation and participation of women in security discourse, policy and practice.

28th April 2021 @14:00 GMT / 15:00 BST (London Time)

Panelists

Suhair Mahdi Muhi Eldin

Executive Director, Human Security Initiative

Suhair Mahdi Muhi Eldin is a Sudanese woman who believes in the role of women in change. Since 2004 she is working with Human Security Initiative organization as program manager. Six years ago she became an Executive Director. The organization is a member of the Middle East & North Africa Partnership for Prevention of Armed Conflict (MENAPPAC) and a member of GPPAC, as well as a member of IANSA. Her activities mainly deal with human security perspectives specifically SALW, DDR program & peacebuilding. Women and feminist issues are cross-cutting in all programs, she has Coordinated and supervised many training programs and projects targeting different segments of Sudanese society. She presented many papers and articles dealing with human security perspectives for different partners abroad. One distinguished project she was supervised titled “Enhancing the Role of ‘Hakamat’ on Peace Building” which targeting influential women in Darfur to change their concepts on peacebuilding and provide them with new terms for peace. She wrote an article on the role of women in the Sudanese revolution 2019 published by GPPAC titled ‘Marching towards Inclusion in Sudan.’

Armelle Ndongo

Disarmament Coordinator, WILPF Cameroon

Armelle Ndongo is a Gender Specialist. She holds a Master in Strategic Communication and wrote a thesis in 2016 on the UNSCR 1325 NAP in Cameroon. She joined WILPF Cameroon in 2014 with the aim of contributing to breaking gender stereotypes and building a world free of armed conflict. As Disarmament Coordinator, she encourages girls to engage in the field of disarmament, which has long been a male preserve. She firmly believes that no lasting peace can be achieved without women.

Dr.Meenakshi Gopinath

Founder-Director of Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace (WISCOMP)

Dr.Meenakshi Gopinath is an educationist and Founder-Director of Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace (WISCOMP) promotes the leadership of South Asian women in the areas of peace, international affairs and regional cooperation. She is also Chair, Board of Governors, Center for Policy Research, New Delhi, and Principal Emerita of Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi. A member of multi-track peace initiatives in the South Asian region she is the first woman to have served on the National Security Advisory Board of India. Meenakshi’s work and publications focus on Gender, Security, Conflict Transformation and Education. She has received national and international awards for her work in the fields of education and peacebuilding. She serves on the Boards of several Think Tanks, Educational institutes and Civil Society Organisations. She currently lives and works in New Delhi, India.

Kayla McGill

Program Manager and Fellow at Women In International Security (WIIS)

Kayla McGill is the Program Manager and a Fellow at Women In International Security (WIIS) where she oversees projects and programming, conduct research and analysis and contributes to strategic initiatives across the organization. Kayla is a trained Analytical Researcher focusing on gender and international security, culture and narrative studies, and Eastern European tribalism. She has consulted with various branches of the US Government and has presented her research to The US Department of State, The US Institute of Peace, and at numerous conferences. Kayla previously worked for the WomanStats Project contributing to publications and US Congressional testimonials, working with qualitative and quantitative data, and representing the Project at events such as Beijing+20/CSW59 at the United Nations. Kayla strongly believes in the importance of public service and cultural understanding. She speaks French, has lived in China, Germany, the UK, and France and has travelled abroad extensively. She graduated with her Masters of International Affairs from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M where she focused on Women, Peace & Security, Diplomacy, and Intelligence. She received her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Civic Engagement from Brigham Young University.