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Breaking Barriers Podcast

U.S. Southern Command

A short format interview podcast featuring guests sharing powerful stories and valuable insights about the gains being made to recognize women as equal partners in preventing conflict and building peace. The podcast, produced by SOUTHCOM's Women, Peace and Security team and hosted by Civilian Deputy to the Commander Amb. Jean Manes, includes insights from members of the defense and security forces from Latin America and the Caribbean. Learn more at https://www.southcom.mil/Lines-of- Effort/Strengthen-Partnerships/SOUTHCOMs-Women- Peace-and-Security-WPS-Program/

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Breaking Barriers Podcast - Episode 11 (Paraguay)
May 23 2022
Breaking Barriers Podcast - Episode 11 (Paraguay)
In our latest Women Peace and Security podcast episode, we interview Col. Gladys Ruiz Pecci, Vice Minister of National Defense in Paraguay.
Breaking Barriers Podcast - Episode 11 (Paraguay)
May 23 2022
Breaking Barriers Podcast - Episode 11 (Paraguay)
In our latest Women Peace and Security podcast episode, we interview Col. Gladys Ruiz Pecci, Vice Minister of National Defense in Paraguay.
Breaking Barriers Podcast - Episode 10 (Peru)
Apr 4 2022
Breaking Barriers Podcast - Episode 10 (Peru)
In our latest Women Peace and Security podcast, we talk with Peruvian Col. Lourdes Barriga Abarca -- one of the Peruvian Army's first-ever females to attain the rank of colonel -- about her 25-year career of breaking barriers and the importance of integrating women in security roles.
Breaking Barriers Podcast - Episode 9, Part 2 (Colombia)
Jan 31 2022
Breaking Barriers Podcast - Episode 9, Part 2 (Colombia)
In this episode, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Turner, Chief of the SOUTHCOM Women, Peace and Security Program, talks with two senior enlisted leaders in the Colombia Army, Command Sgt. Maj. Consuelo Diaz and Command Sgt. Maj. Glidiam Olaya. (Part 2)
Breaking Barriers Podcast - Episode 9, Part 1 (Colombia)
Jan 31 2022
Breaking Barriers Podcast - Episode 9, Part 1 (Colombia)
In this episode, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Turner, Chief of the SOUTHCOM Women, Peace and Security Program, talks with two senior enlisted leaders in the Colombia Army, Command Sgt. Maj. Consuelo Diaz and Command Sgt. Maj. Glidiam Olaya. (Part 1)
Breaking Barriers Podcast - Episode 8 (Haiti)
Oct 14 2021
Breaking Barriers Podcast - Episode 8 (Haiti)
In this episode, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Turner, Chief of the SOUTHCOM Women, Peace and Security Program, talks with Div. Inspector Naissa Pierre of the Haitian National Police. Pierre was the first female Haitian graduate of the U.S Coast Guard Academy and the first international cadet at any U.S. service academy to achieve the highest cadet position, Regimental Commander. She currently serves as Liaison Officer, Cabinet of the Director General of the National Police of Haiti.
Breaking Barriers Podcast - Episode 7 (Argentina)
Sep 14 2021
Breaking Barriers Podcast - Episode 7 (Argentina)
In this episode, USAF Lt. Col. Turner, Chief of the SOUTHCOM Women, Peace and Security Program, interviews Major Auditor Natalia Vazquez, the first chief of the Gender Office for Argentina’s armed forces, about breaking barriers during her career and the integration of women in the military. Interview is in Spanish.
Breaking Barriers Podcast - Episode 6 (Bolivia)
Jul 30 2021
Breaking Barriers Podcast - Episode 6 (Bolivia)
In this episode, Lt Col Turner, Chief of the SOUTHCOM WPS Program, interviews Bolivian General Gina Reque Teran. General Reque Teran, the first female army general in Bolivia and first female general in South America to command combat troops, shares experiences from her 35-year career.
Breaking Barriers Podcast - Episode 5 (Suriname)
Jul 9 2021
Breaking Barriers Podcast - Episode 5 (Suriname)
In our latest Women Peace and Security podcast, we talk with Suriname Minister of Defense Krishna Mathoera about her 30-year career in security and her contributions to integrating women in security roles.
Breaking Barriers Podcast - Episode 4 (Belize)
May 25 2021
Breaking Barriers Podcast - Episode 4 (Belize)
Amb. Jean Manes interviews Lt. Cmdr. Alma Pinelo, the Acting Vice Commandant of the Belize Coast Guard, about her career and serving as a woman in a high-profile security position.
Breaking Barriers Podcast - Episode 3
May 3 2021
Breaking Barriers Podcast - Episode 3
Amb. Jean Manes interviews Brazilian Lt. Col. Ivana Mara about UN peacekeeping operations around the world and the importance of women in those missions.
Breaking Barriers Podcast - Episode 2
Mar 30 2021
Breaking Barriers Podcast - Episode 2
Amb. Jean Manes interviews Commodore Antonnette Wemyss-Gorman of the Jamaican Defence Force. Wemyss-Gorman, who serves as Force Executive Officer, is a pioneer service woman in the Jamaica Defence Force, being the first female officer to attain a Flag rank. In her role, Wemyss-Gorman provides force development guidance in support of the transformation vision of the Chief of Defence Staff.
Breaking Barriers Podcast - Episode 1
Feb 8 2021
Breaking Barriers Podcast - Episode 1
Amb. Jean Manes interviews Lt. Col. J. McLean, the most senior woman in the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force. She also serves as Director of Strategic Initiatives and Gender Advisor. She is an advocate for military women, gender equality and public procurement reform.