Phesheya Nxumalo

2021-2023 Tunisia Fellow

Phesheya Nxumalo is the new fellow with the Network 20/20 Tunisia Fellowship. Phesheya currently works as an Intern with the International Peace Institute‚Äôs Women Peace and Security team. Prior to this experience, Phesheya was the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Fellow at the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. She holds a master’s in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Brown University. At LSE, Phesheya focused on critical and feminist approaches to international relations with a regional focus on the Middle East and North Africa. Her dissertation analyzed how the Islamic Feminist Movement, in the MENA region challenges the gender conservative ideology of the Islamic juristic tradition and the state. Her other research interests include climate justice, security and peacebuilding, and development.
Professionally she hopes to play a key role in developing recommendations for cross-cutting security/development issues. In the immediate future, Phesheya is looking for meaningful experiences that combine her interest in critical approaches to security, peacebuilding, and development. Working with Network 20/20 is the ideal opportunity to combine these interests and apply them to the meaningful work being done through this fellowship.

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