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22 September 2020
UNA-NCA Coffee Chat: Women Building Peace


Join UNA-NCA for the kick-off of our Fall Coffee Chat series on September 22nd from 1:00-2:00pm EST with our Coffee Chat on Women Building Peace.

Senior leaders and local advocates will join us from around the world in an exploration of how women are driving peace and security agendas on the journey to forge lasting peace. 

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Moderator Kimberly Weichel, CEO of Weichel & Associates
Kim is a passionate advocate for women and a global gender, leadership, cross cultural and development specialist with over 25 years’ experience directing international projects and organizations.  Kim has a diverse background working with UN agencies,  as well as with Canadian and US Government agencies, international educational organizations, NGO’s and consulting firms.  Kim is on the Advisory Council of UNA-NCA, was President of UNA San Francisco, and participates in the annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the UN. She has taught several courses on the UN at American University alongside Ambassador Don Bliss.  Kim is a published author of several books, as well as an educator, facilitator and trainer, mentor to young women, and advisor to NGO's.

Victoria Nyanjura, Founder of Women in Action for Women 
Victoria Nyanjura was abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army when she was 14 years old. After 8 years in captivity, she returned with two children from her forced marriage to a rebel commander. Since returning, she has emerged as a prominent women’s activist in Uganda’s transitional justice deliberations, receiving numerous international awards (including the 2019 Ginetta Sagan Prize) for her work coordinating efforts of 500+ war-affected women to provide inputs into the Ugandan government’s post-conflict policy and program. Her work has resulted in the Parliament of Uganda unanimously passing a resolution to address the plight of women survivors of northern Uganda’s conflicts, and the adoption of a National Transitional Justice Policy that considers the unique gender justice needs of war-affected women and their children born out of conflict sexual violence. Victoria is the founder of Women in Action for Women, a Ugandan organization that improves the lives of women and youth through vocational skills training, business skills enhancement, and supports community governance structures. Victoria is a founding member of the Leadership Council for the Global Survivor Network, an international group of survivor leaders who desire and pursue safe communities through justice systems that protect the most vulnerable. Victoria holds a Masters in Global Affairs with a concentration in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame. She currently works as a Global Partnerships Consultant at International Justice Mission.

Ursala Knudsen-Latta, Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL)
Ursala is the Legislative Representative for Peacebuilding at the Friends Committee on National Legislation. Ursala lobbies Congress to change U.S. foreign policy from an overly militarized and security-driven approach to one that prevents, mitigates, and transforms violent conflict and builds sustainable peace. Ursala received her B.A. in religions and theology from the University of Manchester (U.K.), where her research focused on religion and conflict in South Asia. She worked with the Anchorage Interfaith Council, and the North American Interfaith Network before graduating with a M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University. Prior to joining FCNL, Ursala was the Policy and Advocacy Coordinator for Saferworld’s Washington, D.C. office, where she advocated for U.S. foreign policy driven by the needs and interests of conflict-affected communities. She has facilitated advocacy strategy development workshops in Nepal, Kyrgyzstan, and Somalia with Saferworld’s country teams and partners. Ursala chaired the U.S. Civil Society Working Group for Women, Peace and Security for two terms and has previously worked at the Alliance for Peacebuilding.

Fatema Ahmadi, USIP Afghanistan 
Fatema Ahmadi works at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) as the Peace Process Program Officer for a high-profile initiative with a wide range of beneficiaries from high-level Afghan women, journalists, and researchers, and stakeholders in the peace process in Afghanistan to the youth, communities’ influencers. Fatema leads different projects on peacebuilding including Synergizing Nonviolent Action and Peacebuilding (SNAP), which prepares young people from different backgrounds to initiate non-violent responses toward violent actions. Fatema also manages key partnerships focused on peace journalism and district-level social peace. Fatema's work brings women into the peacebuilding movement at a vital time in Afghanistan's negotiations with the Taliban. Fatema previously spearheaded the development of a national trafficking referral form and co-authored the first national TiP training manual for Afghanistan.  Prior to her work in anti-trafficking, Fatema earned a bachelor's degree in microbiology in Tehran. During that time, she worked with refugee children through the Child Labor Association and later with the UNHCR Afghan Refugee Health Insurance project.