Salwa Sahloul, International Expert in Agenda of Women, Peace, and Security
Salwa Sahloul, born in Tunisia on November 07, 1978, is a Head of Mission in the Head of the Government. She worked in the Ministry of National Defence and Ministry of Women’s Affairs. She is an International Coach and an expert on women, peace, and security.
The Women, Peace, and Security (“WPS”) agenda was formally initiated by the landmark UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000), which was adopted on 31 October 2000.4UNSCR 1325 affirmed the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and in peace-building initiatives. Salwa Sahloul is the International Expert on the Agenda of Women, Peace, and Security.
[00:37] About Salwa Sahloul, International Expert in Agenda of Women, Peace, and Security
Salwa Sahloul, born in Tunisia on November 07, 1978, is a Head of Mission in the Head of the Government. She worked in the Ministry of National Defence and Ministry of Women’s Affairs. She is an International Coach and an expert on women, peace, and security. In September 2019 during the 47th General Assembly of the United Nations in New York, she was selected among the 20 first Women Mediators of« The Global Alliance of Regional Networks of Women Mediators”.
[01:26] Journey as a Woman Leader in Tunisia
My journey started with a big struggle with my son and my daughter. There are challenges as a woman in high-level positions and with the mission. We have to organize our day before because we have to give solutions.
[03:27] Childhood of Salwa Sahloul
My first source of dreams was my father. When I was a kid, I saw the discipline, weapons, and uniforms, and they fascinated me. I love the military. As a woman, the military academy was not easy. Every day is a hard day because you have to prove your competence, but at the end of the day is a success.
[06:17] Work as a Mediator
I never thought that I will be a mediator because I was trained in the military as an official. During the Tunisian Revolution, 2011 refugees come to Tunisia. The majority in these camps are women and children. I decided to protect these people and for that, I went for training. I fall in love with the agenda to stop war, and conflict, and to be a mediator.
[14:37] Military Official to being a Peace-loving Mediator
Being in the military does not mean making war. It also means to protect from war. When I saw women in the camp, I realized they did not need only weapons to be protected, they also need support and economic empowerment. We require mediation, not war.
[17:28] Gender balance and gender diversity in developing countries
There is more gender equality not only because of the law but also because the mindset has changed. Men have a big role in this.
[19:40] Three key milestones
- To love people
- To be a Changemaker
[22:43] Advice to young girls
- Believe in yourself
- Learn, learn, learn
- Improve yourself
You can connect with Salwa Sahloul- LinkedIn
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Salwa Sahloul born in Tunisia on November 07, 1978, is a Head of Mission in the Head of the Government.
After graduating from the Military Academy where she studied administration and obtained a master’s degree, she worked in the Ministry of National Defence as an administrative officer for 15 years and had accomplished many missions in the fieldwork.She Also published an article on “electronic commerce” in the Revue de la défense nationale.
In 2014 she was transferred to the Ministry of Women’s Affairs as an adviser to the Minister of women and childhood (head of protocols and public relations).