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Creators of Peace

The Creators of Peace (CoP) initiative was launched in 1991 at the Initiatives of Change conference centre in Caux, Switzerland by the Hon Anna Abdallah Msekwa of Tanzania, a respected politician and leader of her country’s women’s organizations. In her inaugural speech, she urged everyone to 'create peace wherever we are, in our hearts, our homes, our workplace and our community. We all pretend that someone else is the stumbling block…Could that someone be myself?'

CoP is now a global network of people working on different continents through Creators of Peace Circles, workshops, personal encounters, community building activities and international conferences - Caux, Switzerland ’91 and ’94, India 2001, Uganda 2005 and Australia 2009. A delegation attended the UN Women’s Conference in Beijing (1995).

Current News

The first International Peace-Builders’ Forum, a joint initiative led by CAUX-Initiatives of Change and the Institute for Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding (ICP), brought professional peace makers from all over the world together for workshops and discussions.

Anna Bondarenko, CoP coordinator and trainer for Foundations for Freedom, has sent this report of the first ever Creators of Peace Circle in Crimea - and the first to be held in Russian. Questions were raised such as ‘How to live now?’ ‘How to have inner peace and peaceful relationships in the peninsula with neighbours and even families in many cases divided into different sides, having pro Russian or pro Ukrainian positions?’ ‘What role can they, the women, have in the current situation?’

The Caux Conferences, a unique experience.

The latest Circle of Peace in Brazil was held over three consecutive days (June 20, 21 and 22), which helped build a 'circle of trust' among all women involved, both the facilitators and participants.

Why hold a Peace Circle in a predominantly peaceful and harmonious society? News of a recent Peace Circle in Canberra from Kaveri Chakrabarty and Rosemary Thwaites.

‘The workshop was simply transformative! My home has totally changed for good after my husband and I took part in it. If more people are taken through this programme, Kenya will become a safe place’ said Jane, one of the 21 participants who participated in a Creators of Peace Circle in Kuresoi North constituency, Nakuru County from 22 to 24 May, 2014.

The fourth Creators of Peace Circle took place in Romania (Baia Mare) from 25-27 April, 2014. Ten women, aged 16 to 43, engaged in a peace conversation facilitated by Willemijn Lambert from the Netherlands and Simona Toroţcoi from Romania.

In the month of February 2014, two Peace Circles took place in two areas within Nakuru County, Kenya. The issue of searching for inner peace, forgiveness and inner healing remain a highlight in the programme.

Calgary, March 2014—Months of preparation under the guidance of Janyce Konkin, IofC’s Regional Projects Coordinator in Alberta culminated in a women’s Peace Circle organized and led by student interns from the University of Calgary’s Community Service Learning Project. This program finds community partners willing to provide practical experience for these students to complement their course on “Critical Perspectives on Development Practice and Research".

What does peace mean in a country where a people’s revolution has ended in disillusionment, bloodshed and polarisation? The 20 women who took part in Egypt’s first Creators of Peace circles in February came heavily burdened by the events of the last three years, and their effect on their families, friends and relationships.