Profiles in Peace: Oral Histories Project

The Institute’s goal in undertaking Profiles in Peace: Oral Histories Project is to collect unique, first-hand interviews from women and men who are leaders in optimizing the agency of women, peace, security and post-conflict reconstruction. These filmed narratives are an example of the Institute’s primary data collection. The final videos, featuring the interviewee as well as relevant inserted multimedia content such as accompanying news clips or photographs, will be made publicly accessible via the online repository.

The Profiles in Peace project is an opportunity to formally capture best practices and lessons learned, in an easily distributable and interactive format, and thereby share stories that often go untold or unrecorded.  Videos are meant to serve as a tool for research, training, bridge-building and recording. To date, the following individuals have been interviewed:

Atifete Jahjaga - President of the Republic of Kosovo

Avila Kilmurray - Director of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland 

Baronness May Blood - Member of the House of Lords of the U.K. Parliament

Bronagh Hinds - Founder of DemocraSHE and Northern Irish peace and democracy activist

Caleopie Ntoumba - President of Cri de Femmes of Gabon

Constancia Silva -CEO of KixiCredito, a microfinance, non-banking, financial institution in Angola

Dalia Grybauskaite - President of the Republic of Lithuania

Ela Bhatt - Founder of the Self Employed Women's Association of India

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf - President of Liberia and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Fouzia Saeed - Social scientist and founder of Mehergarh in Pakistan

Hawa Abdi - Somali human rights activist, physician and founder of the Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation

Jane Gordon Sworo - Treasurer of the South Sudan Women Entrepreneurs Association

Khawar Mumtaz - Founder and Executive Director of the Sirkat Gah Women's Resource Center in Pakistan

Lorna Nanjia Merekaje - Secretary General of the Sudan Democratic Election monitoring and Observation Program (SUDEMOP)

Mari Skare - NATO Special Representative of the Secretary General for Women, Peace and Security

Maria Aleksejenko - Director of the Women's Consortium of Ukraine and social media expert

Marianne Ibrahim - Founder of the Al-Gisr Center for Dialogue and Development in Egypt

Marie Gaetching Francois Aricin - Lawyer and Judge in the ministry of Justice in Haiti 

Mary Boyoi Gola Nyerded - Director of Voice of Peace in South Sudan

Monica McWilliams - Norther Irish peace activist, Scholar and negotiator of the Good Friday Agreements

Muhammad Yunus - Founder of the Grameen Bank and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Nodjihoroum Veronique Dande - Police Commander of the Chadian National Police

Paula Gaviria - Director of the Victims Reparations Bureau of Colombia

Razan Shalab Al-Sham - Antakya Office Manager in the Syrian Emergency Task Force

Rosanna Schaack - Founder of THINKLiberia

Roya Mahboob - Afghan entrepreneur and businesswoman

Safak Pavey - Turkish parliamentarian, diplomat and disability rights activist

Sally Dura - National Coordinator for the Assembly of Women, Movement for Democratic Change party in Zimbabwe

Salwa Bugaighis - Libyan human rights lawyer and leader in the anti-Qaddafi revolution

Selima Ahmad - Businesswoman and founder of the Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce

Valerie Rolande Ouedraogo-Campaore - National Network Coordinator, West African Network for Peacebuilding in Burkina Faso

As videos are completed, the will be uploaded onto this site. To access transcripts of interviews or for more information about Profiles in Peace please contact the Institute by emailing giwps[at]