Living Peace Conference Closing Day 2016
Creators of Peace
Engaging women in their role as creators of peace at every level of society

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).

Creators of Peace celebrated its 25th anniversary with the international conference 'Living Peace' in the Caux Conference Centre in Switzerland. For more information see below.

Living Peace Participants

Artwork for Living Peace Conference

       'Gathering marks 25 years of Creators of Peace' 

The 25th anniversary of Creators of Peace was celebrated by 200 plus participants from 43 countries at the 'Living Peace' conference held in Caux, Switzerland, from August 4-10 2016. From the start all were invited to search for clues to living peace. It was suggested that the new story for the world can result from individuals and communities applying those clues to their own lives in the practice of peace.

Speakers included Gill Hicks, London bombing survivor and founder of 'MAD for Peace'; Maryam Bibi, founder of Pakistan's 'Khwendo Kor'; Amy Peake founder of 'Loving Humanity'; Jin In of '4GGL'; Rosina Wiltshire from Barbados coming from a distinguished career in International Development, Leadership Development and Gender Equality, Justice and Peace;  Dr Omnia Marzouk, recent President of Initiatives of Change; Marina Cantacuzino of 'The Forgiveness Project', Jo Berry of 'Building Bridges for Peace' and South African 'national icon', founder of the health train, Lillian Cingo.  Sadly Nobel Peace laureate Leymah Gbowee was unable to attend at the last minute due to family sickness.

Participants of Living Peace Conference, Caux 2016

Ahunna Eziakonwa-Onochi, UN Resident Coordinator, UNDP Resident Representative and UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Ethiopia, spoke for the Founding Mothers of Creators of Peace, tracing its beginnings from the inspiration of Tanzanian politician and human rights activist, Anna Abdallah Msekwa, through the introduction of the Creators of Peace Circle tool to the global movement it has become across 43 countries and growing.

The conference days were captured by graphic recorder Willemijn Lambert from the Netherlands. Click here to see them.

Living Peace Participants

The delegates from different cultures, faiths and backgrounds explored how living peace; across the world's divides; in situations of communal conflict; in meeting the health and education needs of women and girls; in leadership and through forgiveness; can inform and transform personal and community  narratives from the current inevitability of violence and despair to one of compassion and hope. Working through plenaries, workshops and in small community circles, participants also valued a shared silence in the search for that deeper wisdom.

Case studies from Burundi, Kenya and Lebanon described initiatives addressing communal divides through dealing with prejudice, the taking of personal responsibility and the power of apology. Daily there were inspiring stories of personal transformation from people who had chosen to embrace a new story in their lives of honesty and reconciliation.  Some of these will be shared through this page, find a new one each month on the left column of this page.

Lillian Cingo'The conference was one of the best I've ever attended. The speakers and the programme were stimulating, moving, inspirational and painful, and everything gave  hope and love with the end product of peace. Such depth.' 
Lillian Cingo,  named a 'South African icon', Founder of the Health Train.


Participants of Living Peace Conference, Caux 2016

Living Peace conference photos by Shoshana Faire, Mike Brown and Initiatives of Change Caux Foundation.

Current News

Friday, 23 September, 2016
‘One for all and all for one’. Women power showing the way.

Following the two days Tools for Change training session in Timor Leste, the participants attended two separate programmes - Creators of Peace for 13 women and Initiators of Peace for 11 men. Here is a report of the Creators of Peace workshop.

Friday, 23 September, 2016
Patrick Santa Maria

Following the two days Tools for Change training session in Timor Leste, the participants attended two separate programmes. Dr Robert Chen, Haridas and Patrick Santa Maria took on the challenging task of conducting the Creators of Peace session for men - one of the first times that such a programme was conducted for men!

Sunday, 18 September, 2016
Peace One Day

Some suggestions to inspire us to take action in support of the International Day of Peace, a day dedicated each year by the United Nations to the cessation of violence.

Wednesday, 14 September, 2016

The call to CoP was to facilitate a Peace Circle (PC) for 15 men, between the ages of 17 and 44 years from 6th - 8th June. They came from different Coloured (mixed race) communities in and around Soweto. The hope was that the PC could support their recovery and healing journey also equip them with methods and tools to grow spiritually and to walk the talk.

Tuesday, 13 September, 2016
CoP International Coordination Team 2016

At our Annual General Meeting held at Caux on Sunday 7 August 2016, the following women were elected to share leadership and responsibility for the strategic direction, governance and administration of Creators of Peace.

Thursday, 01 September, 2016

'In the middle of wars, pain and sadness there is a place, a programme and a woman who are providing hope, love and enthusiasm for life'.

Monday, 29 August, 2016
Eighth Peace Circle in Brazil,15-17 July, 2016

With great diversity of ages, jobs and life experiences, 11 women got together for a new Peace Circle in Sitio Sao Luiz, base of Initiatives of Change in Brazil. All with a common interest: building personal peace to take it to their surroundings afterwards.

Thursday, 04 August, 2016
Alisi Waqainabete

"I believe that young women who are going through dark days of neglect and depression can overcome their problems if they see past the pain and understand that how you feel about yourself is what you allow yourself to feel." Reflections on Living Peace by Alisi Waqainabete from Fiji

Thursday, 04 August, 2016
Iman AlGhafari and Kate Monkhouse

"To be a peacemaker means to be challenged and confronted with my own weakness, and to be tested by God and the universe in order to carry out the task properly." Reflections on Living Peace by Iman AlGhafari from Syria.

Wednesday, 03 August, 2016
Ragnhild H. Østmo

"If real peace was to become alive and active in my life, I needed peace to somehow become part of my daily routine. That meant discipline and being truthful to my decision – even through uninspired periods and periods of no visible results." Reflections on Living Peace by Ragnhild H. Østmo from Norway