Omar Diop

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"Omar Diop has worked as a high school teacher for 30 years and served as a board member of a teacher trade union for 12 years. He created or participated in the founding of many civil society organisations and is currently leading three of them: The Senegalese Civic League, The Senegalese Coalition of Human Rights Defenders, and the network “Citizenship, Democracy, Human Rights and Peace.” Omar is also a founding member and board member of Civil Society Organisations Coalition which works on the electoral process in Senegal. He is a former board member of NP Member Organisation West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP). He led the development of a peace curriculum for primary and secondary schools and has served as the main trainer on nonviolence and peace education in Ivory Coast, Togo, Guinea, and Ghana. He is also an Executive Committee member of the West Africa Human Rights Defenders Network. He received his high school teacher certificate at École Normale Supérieure of Dakar and a master of art in geography at the University of Dakar. Omar currently lives in Dakar, Senegal and has three grown daughters."[1]

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  1. Omar Diop, Nonviolent Peaceforce, accessed March 13, 2011.