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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

A Creators of Peace facilitation training took place in Oslo, Norway over three days in August. The 19 participants, now living in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands, included representatives from Greenland, Russia, China, Djibouti, UK, USA, and West Papua.

Creators of Peace is calling for entries for the design of the invitation to be used for their conference marking the 25th anniversary of Creators of Peace, to be held in Caux, Switzerland in August 2016.

Creators of Peace has an active presence in 13 African countries. Coordinators and facilitators from nine of them came together in Johannesburg from 16-23 September 2014 for a retreat/refresher gathering, initiated by the South African Creators of Peace facilitation team. 

The Australian Daily Telegraph recently reported on the Creators of Peace annual celebration held at Baulkham Hills.

On 21 September, 2014, a general meeting was held in Rio de Janeiro with women who had attended at least one of the four Creators of Peace Circles developed in Brazil. There were participants from all the Circles. They reflected on how they sometimes forget the little things that make them happy on a daily basis, mainly when they are immersed in difficulties, and went on to create their 'Wall of Happiness'. 

Last week we shared about the Peace Circles that took place in Nakuru county. This week we take you to the county of Nairobi and just in case you don’t know, Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya.  Our facilitators took the Peace Circles to a total of 50 women from the slums of Korogocho, Huruma and Dandora.

Since the month of June 2014, 13 Creators of Peace Circles have taken place reaching and sparking personal transformation in over 200 women from different parts of Kenya - and they are still going on! We must mention that we have taken the Peace Circles to areas that are hard to reach due to poor road network and to people who are mostly forgotten but who matter a lot - the women on the low side of economic life. We will take you on a journey of the different Peace Circles that have taken place, sharing what it has meant for the women and for our country Kenya. We start off our journey with the County of Nakuru. Here, two Peace Circles took place in two slum areas - Bondeni and Kivumbini. 

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.