CREDIT Bekky Lonsdale/Oxfam. Panel members at Thought Leadership event 2020 - 'Breaking New Ground'. (Annie Kelly, with Hala Al Karib, Rasha Obaid, Preet Kaur Gill MP and Riya William Yuyada)

Podcast: Feminist leadership in the hardest places to be a woman

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Gender, Participation and Leadership

As part of Oxfam’s Breaking New Ground Series, we host a  panel of inspiring female leaders from the world of politics and civil society. The panel discuss their perspectives on what feminist leadership means to them and the importance of women’s participation in peace building and political life. The event took place in London on the 3rd of February 2020.

The event was introduced by Dr Fenella Porter Co-Director of Women’s Rights and Gender Justice at Oxfam GB. The Panel was chaired by Annie Kelly, a Human Rights Journalist for The Guardian.

About our panel:
Hala Al-Karib 
is the regional director of the Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa, a network of women’s rights organisation.
Rasha Obaid is the Director of the Gender Justice and Peace Programme at the Peace Track Initiative, an NGO founded and ran by Yemeni Women.
Preet Kaur Gill is the MP for Birmingham Edgbaston since 2017. She was the first female Sikh elected as an MP in the UK. She was appointed shadow Minister for International Development in 2018.
Riya William Yuyada is a 28-year-old South Sudanese Activist and peace builder.

Photo credit: Bekky Lonsdale/Oxfam
Panel members at Thought Leadership event 2020 – ‘Breaking New Ground’. (Annie Kelly, with Hala Al Karib, Rasha Obaid, Preet Kaur Gill MP and Riya William Yuyada)

Author
Fenella Porter

Fenella Porter

Co-Director of Women's Rights & Gender Justice, Oxfam GB. Her background is in Gender and International Development, Global Labour and Trade Union Studies. Her work has included academic research and teaching, and extensive work with NGOs, women’s organisations and trade unions, both in the UK and internationally. She is a member of several professional and activist networks and associations, and is currently a trustee of Womankind Worldwide.

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Annie Kelly

Annie Kelly

Annie Kelly is a journalist and editor for The Guardian and Observer newspapers.

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Hala Al-Karib

Hala Al-Karib

Hala Al-Karib is the Regional Director of the Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) Network.

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Rasha Obaid

Rasha Obaid

Rasha Obaid directs the Gender, Justice and Peace Programme at the Peace Track Initiative.

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Preet Kaur Gill

Preet Kaur Gill

Preet Kaur Gill was elected MP for Birmingham Edgbaston in 2017 as the UK’s first female Sikh MP and was appointed Shadow Minister for International Development in January 2018.

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Riya William Yuyada

Riya William Yuyada

RIYA William Yuyada is a 28-year-old South Sudanese woman who is passionate about peace and women’s human rights. She is best known for her role in peace building in schools and communities and also for being part of the South Sudan HLRF (High Level Revitalisation Forum) peace process.