Happy International Women’s Day!
My name is Jelena Pia, and I am thrilled to serve as a new board member for the Global Justice Center, an organization that embodies my feminist principles and passion for gender justice.
Every day, but especially today, I am grateful to be a part of the GJC family. As a diplomat and activist, I have seen firsthand how GJC has fundamentally shifted the global conversation on issues relating to justice and accountability for sexual and gender-based violence in conflict.
As a representative of a small country, Andorra, at the United Nations, I was at the forefront of negotiations of international norms and treaties that set new standards for gender justice. The experience taught me the power of access and the injustice that comes with not allowing those who most need it to have a voice.
Joining GJC's board member allows me to continue my journey and stay true to my values. Throughout my career, I made sure to always remember what it means to be a woman from a small country. I know that strengthening women’s leadership and supporting the work of activists is critical to the women, peace and security agenda.
I also remain ever inspired by my favorite feminist, Christine de Pizan. In my view, GJC embodies the “Three Ladies” in Pizan’s The Book of the City of Ladies: Lady Reason, Lady Rectitude, and Lady Justice. GJC gives Reason – a reason to believe women must play a leadership role in preventing mass atrocity crimes; it also promotes Justice by raising awareness of sexual and gender-based violence in conflict and by giving a voice and a choice to women; and, finally, GJC stays true to Rectitude by fighting the patriarchy inscribed in so many international laws and policies.
I am honored to be part of this vibrant organization.
Join me today, on International Women’s Day, by supporting the work of the Global Justice Center. Together, we can build a more just and equal world for women and girls.
Jelena Pia-Comella has over 20 years of experience in international relations and a deep knowledge of the United Nations system. Appointed Deputy Permanent Representative of Andorra to the United Nations in 2002, Pia-Comella served as chargé d’affaires a.i./Chief of Mission to the United States and Canada from 2001 to 2007. Until July 2018, she was the Deputy Executive Director of the World Federalist Movement – Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP), setting the strategy and overseeing the secretariats of the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect and the Coalition for the International Criminal Court. Pia-Comella currently serves as a Senior Advisor for the Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes (GAAMAC).