United Network of Young Peace Builders, with headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands, announced last week the appointment of Ms. Gwendolyn S. Myers of Liberia as Regional Coordinator for West and Central Africa.
Myers is Founder & Executive Director of a non-profit organization, Messengers of Peace (MOP) Liberia Inc., and was named a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum.
She is expected to serve alongside two other Regional Focal Point Coordinators for East and Southern Africa on a Regional Advocacy Team (RAT) to monitor advocacy activities related to the implementation of the Amman Youth Declaration as well as the work of youths in peace building in general. That includes mapping key stakeholders in the region and assisting in the coordination of advocacy activities by linking-up individuals or organizations that plan to execute similar activities, like outreach in schools, workshops, among others.
The focal points will also be responsible for reporting those activities to the UNOY International Secretariat in the Netherlands, which will feed into an online strategy.
Ms. Myers would advocate for regional integration as a strategic prerequisite for sustainable peace and accelerated growth and development.
Gwendolyn has extensive experience in managing programs for young people through a well-established coaching and mentoring program for adolescent girls and the establishment of peace clubs in schools and poor communities in and around Monrovia.
As Liberia’s Ambassador to the World Peace is Possible Foundation in the Netherlands, a 2015/2016 Center for Women Faith & Leadership Fellow at the Institute for Global Engagement, USA, Ms. Myers comes to the network with a wealth of knowledge and experience in peace advocacy.
Ms. Myers holds a B.Sc degree in Biology & Chemistry from the Mother Patern College of Health Sciences, Liberia, and a Graduate Certificate in Peace Building & Leadership from the Women’s Peace Building Leadership Cohort Program at the Center for Justice and Peace Building, Eastern Mennonite University, VA, USA.
Gwendolyn S. Myers has over seven years of experience working in peace and non-violence education among in and out of school youth as well using various media such as radio, print and community outreach to implement and evaluate peace programs.