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Her voice

“I think one of our most important roles is to provide positive role models for women’s involvement at all levels of decision making. My experience as one of three female Special Representatives of the Secretary-General leading peacekeeping missions is that the presence of a woman in high-level discussions can make a difference.”

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Ms. Ameerah Haq was Vice Chair of the High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations for the United Nations as well as UN Under-Secretary-General for Field Support from 2012 to 2014. She was the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) in the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste. Ms. Haq has also served as Deputy SRSG and UN Resident Coordinator in Sudan, Deputy SRSG and UN Resident Coordinator in Afghanistan, as well as UN Resident Coordinator in Malaysia and Laos. She has also held senior positions within the UN Development Programme. As of December 2019, Ms Haq is the Chair of the Global Board of BRAC, an NGO started in Bangladesh by the late Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, and currently the largest international NGO in terms of staff. She joined the Board of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in 2015. She is also a Board Member of the Peace Operations Training Institute (POTI), a member of the Advisory Council of the International Peace Institute and a Senior Fellow of the United Nations Foundation.