From disparity to trust

Zainab Nankya and Salama Ibrahim

Event: Geneva Peace Talks 2019
Location: United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), Building E, Room XVIII
Date: 19/09/2019

The duo speakers Zainab Nankya and Salama Ibrahim, working for Generations for Peace in Uganda and Nigeria shared their stories. Zainab shared her story of being in a polygamous family, full of distrust and resentment. However, she emphasized the meaning of trust, “trust means the ability and willingness of an individual to believe in others, people with different identities, or a feeling of safety while working with others.” Salama introduced us to the religious crisis between Christians and Muslims in 2000 and how it drives her strong passion and courage to participate in building trust: “With openness to trust again, forgiveness and a strong support system, healing is possible.” The duo speakers finalized their talk by saying, “Two of us, we are different – we come from different cultures, religions and countries. However, we are here just because we trust each other.”

Geneva Peace Talks 2019. Recorded at the Palais des Nations on September 19, 2019.


Zainab Nankya and Salama Ibrahim

Zainab Nankya is an educator and an administrator at Agakhan High School in Kampala, Uganda. She is an experienced and dedicated Generations For Peace (GFP) Pioneer in Uganda. In recent years, she has been leading the Generations For Peace Uganda team in implementing the 2014-2015 and 2016 Programme Cycles, addressing inter-religious conflicts in Soroti. In 2018, she led the Uganda team in implementing a programme aimed at reducing school-related gender-based violence in two secondary schools in Wakiso and Soroti. Salama Ibrahim is a passionate and dedicated Generations For Peace (GFP) Delegate from Nigeria. Salama is currently part of the team of volunteers implementing the Advocacy For Peace Programme (ADPP) Community Initiatives. In addition to her role as a GFP Volunteer, Salama has been involved in community development and peacebuilding work for more than 5 years. She has served as a secretary of the Kaduna State Women Peace and Security Network and has also provided technical support to the Kaduna State Ministry of Women Affairs on social development.