"Women rely considerably on the guidance and assistance that the United Nations, in its many forms, provides. SCR 1325 can only be successful if the Security Council is proactive in the use of the resolution in their work. As such, the onus is on you here in New York, to cast your light on the path we follow. Our failure is your failure. Our successes, your successes."
Biography of Barbara Bangura, National Coordinator, Grassroots Empowerment for Self Reliance, Sierra Leone
Barbara Bangura, one of the founding members and the Regional Advisor of the Women in Peacebuilding Network (WIPNET) in Sierra Leone, is currently the National Coordinator of a women’s organization called Grassroots Empowerment for Self Reliance (GEMS) which formed in Sierra Leone in 1998. GEMS mission is to transform the dignity and respect of marginalized women in society to ensure self reliance through development, by working with grassroots rural women towards achieving a well developed society where men and women work together constructively as partners in development.
Ms. Bangura has advocated tirelessly for the inclusion of women in the processes of peacebuilding. In 2001, she was the Secretary-General for the Network on Collaborative Peacebuilding in Sierra Leone (NCP-SL), in 2003 she was the Country Coordinator for the Women in Peacebuilding Network in Sierra Leone (WIPNET-SL) and from 2004 - 2006 she served as a Regional Adviser for Women in Peacebuilding Network in Accra, Ghana.
Ms. Bangura is actively involved in peacebuilding and non-violence sensitization and training workshops for women. She is a member of various peacebuilding networks including the Women’s Committee on the Truth & Reconciliation Commission (WACOTREC). Ms. Bangura has taken part in many trainings and workshops focusing around women and peacebuilding and has earned a Masters Degree in Peacebuilding & Conflict Transformation at Eastern Mennonite University.
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Grassroots Empowerment for Self Reliance
The Role of Women in the Consolidation of Our Peace
Presented by Barbara Bangura, National Coordinator, Grassroots Empowerment for Self Reliance, Sierra Leone
Women Peacebuilders Speak at Press Conference on SCR 1325
Barbara Bangura, National Coordinator, Grassroots Empowerment for Self Reliance, Sierra Leone.
This is a video (RealMedia format) of a Press Conference that lists Leymah Gbowee and Barbara Bangura as speakers. Barbara Bangura speaks at 13 minutes and 12 seconds.