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).
The Creators of Peace General Assembly (AGM) will take place on Tuesday 9 July 2013 at 2pm at the Initiatives of Change Centre, Mountain House in Caux, Switzerland. This will be during the Dialogue on Land and Security conference.
Read January 2013 Newsletter
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The first Creators of Peace Circle in South Sudan ran in Juba over three days in March. The very interactive, wide ranging conversation and the very deep and painful sharing gave lie to those who said the women of South Sudan would find it hard to open up, too traumatised to share.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The beautiful paradise island of Barbados with its Sun, Sea and Sand - but even in 'paradise’ women and girls need to find their own peace potential. Monica Ellis lives part of the year in Barbados and London, and is a member of the UK Creators of Peace team.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
A remarkable young teacher, Iman, who had met Creators of Peace and Initiatives of Change when living in Canada, is now back at home in Syria. She is determined to gather groups of women together to share the Peace Circle experience. Jean Brown reports.
Monday, July 9, 2012
‘Even your voice has changed’: Women finding their voices for peace in Lebanon. Kate Monkhouse and Jean Brown report from Creators of Peace Circles in Lebanon.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Following the training given to women from across the Solomon Islands earlier this year (see story here), 16 women attended the first Creators of Peace Circle 22-23 April 2012, in Niukoloula village, East Guadalcanal, in the Solomon Islands, home of the late Peace Creator, Susan Kukiti. Rachel Abi, one of those newly trained as a facilitator, reports:
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Anne Esswein reports on the first Creators of Peace Circle in Germany held in February 2012
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
In Guatemala, a country that suffered 36 years of civil war, there are many institutions that work for peace, but the need for peace is still very large, and today more than ever. For this reason, with the conviction that peace must first start in the heart of each person, Helena von Arnim (Colombia) and Killy Sánchez (Guatemala) decided to work together to start Creators of Peace Circles in Guatemala, in the hope that they can be multiplied in all Latin American countries in the near future. In April 2012 the first two Peace Circles took place in the cities of Chimaltenango and Panajachel.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Creators of Peace Circles being trialed by community services
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Five Creators of Peace Circles have taken place since mid January 2012 and a total of 68 women from diverse backgrounds within the Rift Valley region, have benefited from the three days programme. Many have described the training as simple, unique and transformative.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Baragoi District in Kenya’s Rift Valley is known for all the wrong reasons: it is a conflict zone where cattle rustling and raids are carried out on almost a weekly basis. However, the conflict and concerns not withstanding, a dedicated team of women are traversing the vast dry and rough terrain, talking about peace.