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Men as Mentors and Enablers of Women in Peace & Security


In this session on Women, Peace, and Security: Conversations with Thought Leaders, Professors Al Shimkus and Saira Yamin, PhD speak to Dr. Dave Smith, Professor at the Naval War College and author of Athena Rising: Why and How Men Should Mentor Women and a forthcoming book titled How Men can be Better Allies for Women in the Workplace about his research, particularly as it relates to the role of women in peace and security. Adding to the wealth of perspectives in this dialogue are Ms. Sharon Feist, Ms. Monica Herrera and Dr. Dee Sawyers, Gender Advisors and Analysts at the United States Indo-Pacific Command.

Ms. Myo Pa Pa Htun


Ms. Myo Pa Pa Htun, Minister Counsellor, representing Myanmar at the Myanmar Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva speaks to Dr. Miemie Byrd.  Ms. Myo Pa Pa Htun discussed her views and philosophy about women's leadership style and women's contributions to advance peace and security in Myanmar and throughout the globe.

Dr. Melissa Finley


Dr. Melissa Finley, Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff in the Global Chemical and Biological Security group at Sandia National Laboratories talks to Professors Al Shimkus and Saira Yamin, PhD about why building the capacities of women in livestock development could be key to Afghanistan's economic recovery.

Shanchita Haque Interview


Ms. Shanchita Haque, Minister, Permanent Mission of Bangladesh, U.N Headquarters in New York, talks to Dr. Saira Yamin about what women bring to the table in leadership positions and the role of governments in advancing gender equality.

Lailufar Yasmin Interview


Dr. Lailufar Yasmin, Professor of International Relations, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, talks to Dr. Saira Yamin about the misuse of culture, tradition, and religion by extremist and patriarchal forces to influence gender norms.

Ammara Khattak Interview


Additional Director, Pakistan Civil Services Academy, Ammara Khattak, talks to Dr. Saira Yamin about what it takes to break through the glass ceiling in a predominantly male organizational environment.

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