Conrad Grebel University College, MA Student

Fatim Maïga is currently pursuing an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies at Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo.

Her research interests are centered on governance, violent extremism, and gender issues in the Central Sahel region. Her primary goal is to delve into the complexities of conflicts in this area and explore the potential roles women can play in resolving them.

Beyond her academic pursuits, Fatim is a Research Officer at the Institute for Security Studies. In this role, she is dedicated to promoting gender equality and advancing the implementation of UNSC Resolution 1325 in Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso. These three societies are known for their patriarchal structures, which often hinder the recognition of women’s vital roles in conflict resolution. To address this challenge, Fatim collaborates closely with local communities, particularly women in conflict-affected areas within these three countries. Her efforts are aimed at empowering them to participate in peacebuilding discussions and fostering a culture of peace within their communities.

During her leisure time, Fatim enjoys watching the latest series on Netflix and exploring diverse cuisines.