Unmute Yourself: International Women's Day

This International Women’s Day, Ploughshares Fund’s Equity Rises turns our full attention towards women who are challenging the prevailing view that threats, force, and war are necessary to resolve global conflicts. We’ll feature women who are broadening our understanding of what is possible, by locating people—not weapons—at the center of our security and foreign policy. We promise you an engaging and inspiring conversation, and we’ll raise a glass for the women around the globe who are building a more equitable and secure world for us all.

Wednesday, March 8, 2023
2pm PT / 4pm CT / 5pm ET


Speaker Line-up:

  • Mari Faines, Partner for Mobilization at Global Zero
  • Erika Gregory, Managing Director of N Square
  • Sanam Naraghi Anderlini, MBE, Founder and CEO of the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN)

About the Speakers:

Mari Faines is the Partner for Mobilization at Global Zero and social justice, diversity & equity activist, and former podcast host. Her work specializes in nuclear intersectionality, conflict resolution, transitional justice, and racial and systemic disparities. Faines was previously Director of Communications and Outreach at Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR). She served on the Board of WCAPS-UK and was founder and host of the WCAPS-UK Podcast ‘Got Melanin.’ Faines has worked with Democrats Abroad, African Development Forum, the London Conversations, and as a UNITE 2030 Youth Delegate Lead for the 2021 program with a primary focus on UN Sustainable Development Goals. She has a Master of Science (MSc) in the Politics of Conflict, Rights, and Justice from SOAS University of London, and Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Colgate University.

Erika Gregory is Managing Director of N Square, whose mission is to achieve a world without nuclear weapons before the end of this century. The brainchild of five of the largest peace and security funders, N Square is part design lab, part venture fund, a model that reflects her experience over the last two decades designing strategic innovation programs in government, the private sector, the NGO community and philanthropy. She co-founded boutique consulting firms Collective Invention and The Idea Factory. Erika has developed visions and strategic plans for the futures of public education, sustainable production and consumption, and global security, among other topics, and led cross-sector initiatives across North America, Europe, the UK, and Southeast Asia.

Sanam Naraghi Anderlini, MBE is Founder and CEO of the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) and an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).  She was formerly the Director of LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security. Anderlini has 25 years of experience as a peace strategist working globally on conflicts, crises, violent extremism and peacebuilding. At ICAN, she spearheads the Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL), comprising 90+ women-led peacebuilding organizations in 40 countries.