Sandra Pepera on Building Systems to Sustain Inclusive Democracy


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Career diplomat and NDI Director for Women, Gender and Democracy Sandra Pepera joined host Alyse Nelson on the podcast to discuss her career building inclusive, resilient democracy. Sandra reflected on the need to focus on creating systems that push for culture change to really secure lasting impact when it comes to greater gender equity and representation in politics around the world. She and Alyse discussed the ways that we need to support not only women leaders as individuals, but also ensure we’re valuing the elements that elevated them to leadership so that others can follow in their footsteps.

Sandra shared her perspective on the increasing, targeted violence against women in politics around the world, and what she sees as the priorities for Biden’s Administration with regard to gender equity around the world. Listen in!

To learn more about Vital Voices, visit This series is inspired by our book, Vital Voices: 100 Women using their Power to Empower, edited by Alyse Nelson with art by Gayle Kabaker, published by Assouline.

Host: Alyse Nelson.

Executive Producer: Lizzie Kubo Kirschenbaum.

Producer and Editor: Sofiyat Ibrahim

Music: Deliberate Thought by Kevin MacLeod.

Deliberate Thought by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license.(



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