Women, Peace & Security

“They should be climbing the ladder”

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A conversation with Bintou Keita, U.N. Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, and Africa Defense Forum about the benefits and challenges of bringing more women into peacekeeping.

Originally from Guinea, Bintou Keita joined the United Nations in 1989 and is now assistant secretary-general for Africa. She has served in various roles, including deputy special representative for the African Union-U.N. Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), and chief of staff and director of operations for the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response. This interview has been edited to fit this format.

Find the conversation here.