What do you see as the biggest barrier to young women connecting to feminism today?
The word itself comes with such bad baggage. You’ll have women who if you listed out major ideas of gender equality, they would agree with them, but then if you said, “are you a feminist?,” they’d say “no.” That’s one of the reasons I wanted to use the word feminism. [I wanted to] talk to young people, and say, “forget the history of the word and the baggage it carries, and think about the idea of it.”
Bineta Diop: My African Union mandate is to echo women’s voices
Less than 48 hours into Diop’s appointment as the African Union’s special envoy for women, peace and security, she is in big demand.
“This morning I met the women of South Sudan. They came in number here in Addis to be heard, to put pressure, to say, ‘Hey! No one is listening to us’,” she says.
“Right now, in the mediation of South Sudan, who is at the table? You enter into that room and you find a mediator, you find parties that are in conflict – but you don’t find women.
“My mandate will be to listen to women like the women of South Sudan, echo their voice, help them to bring their agenda on peace and security.”
The key point of reference for the newly created special envoy post is UN security council resolution 1325, which affirms the special needs of women and girls in conflict situations and the unique role they can play in peacemaking and post-conflict reconstruction.
Diop explains that in this context there will be three pillars to her work: the protection of women and children in conflict situations; facilitating the participation of women in peace processes; and the prevention of armed confrontations. Her remit extends to the entire continent.
On the ground, Diop says, she will consult with women, bring them together and provide them with support and training – including developing mediation and constitutional drafting skills – as well as assisting with the creation and adoption of common agendas.
At the political level, she will work with UN- and AU-appointed mediators to highlight the need for women to sit at the negotiating table and to ensure that female viewpoints are heard and heeded.
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