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Creators of Peace
Engaging women in their role as creators of peace at every level of society

Creators of Peace

Living Peace, Creators of Peace, logoThe 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). In 2016, the 25th anniversary of CoP was celebrated in Caux through the 'Living Peace' conference.

 

Current News

Wednesday, 15 November, 2017
Peace Circle in Kabul

‘The first time ever that I feel free’. These words, of a participant in Afghanistan, capture the joy and anguish of women trapped by years of war, poverty and social constraint. Shabnam Hamrah in Afghanistan and Iman Al Ghafari in Syria filed these reports. November 2017.

Friday, 20 October, 2017

Creators of Peace Kenya will be celebrating 10 years this November and we are fundraising to support the next stage of their programme outreach for fostering peace. Mediatrix Masava, National Co-ordinator Kenya, shares more about how Creators of Peace Circles provide powerful spaces for healing and reconciliation and explains how your support through our Global Giving crowdfunding campaign will make a difference in providing further training to 200 women leaders.

Thursday, 21 September, 2017

Celebrate with us The International Day of Peace 2017 and support the special November event of 200 Creators of Peace women who are at the heart of resolving tensions and transforming community conflicts in Kenya.

Monday, 24 July, 2017
AminaDikedi-Ajakaye  and Kate Monhouse

Ways to connect with the CoP programme. From Tuesday 8 August to Friday 11 August, look out for updates from Caux via our facebook page and on Twitter @creatorsofpeace.

Thursday, 06 July, 2017

Following on from our 25th anniversary conference in 2016, we now want to be able to tell a much fuller story of what we do as Creators of Peace to help with fundraising and partnership building. We want to share a more detailed picture of what happens before, during and after we get together in Creators of Peace Circles, gatherings and conferences. As a whole network of women, let’s be generous and be confident that what we have done – and what we will do into the future – is, and will continue to be, amazing.

Tuesday, 30 May, 2017
Creators of Peace logo 2016

Creators of Peace will be undertaking a data collection & impact evaluation project to help us review some specific aspects of our work to date and assemble the information we need to support our fundraising, communication and training. We are looking for someone(s) for a short-term period of 12-20 days of work starting immediately to support outreach, interviews and the development of a new system.

Tuesday, 25 April, 2017
Creators of Peace in Nepal, March 2017

In March this year, Australian Creators of Peace Circle facilitator trainer, Shoshana Faire, was invited back to Nepal to train more facilitators following requests for the use of Peace Circles across various organisations in the country. This report was prepared by hosts Neichu Mayer and Meena Sharma.

Wednesday, 29 March, 2017
Irène Laure

In the Creators of Peace Circle, we spend time getting to know the stories of women who have taken leadership for peace. We learn about the qualities they found in themselves when faced with extraordinary circumstances. The story of one of these women seems pertinent at this time as those of us who live in Europe once again grapple with our identify and relationship with our neighbours. Danielle Norgren, who is interning with Creators of Peace & Caux-IofC Foundation in Geneva, watches the film 'For the Love of Tomorrow' and encounters the story of Irene Laure for the first time. Here are her reflections.

Monday, 20 March, 2017
CoP workshop in Cameroon

CoP Ambassador Daphrose Ntarataze, CoP's new President Amina Dikedi-Ajakaiye, Executive Officer Kate Monkhouse and women from Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Switzerland and host country Cameroon gathered in the capital city of Yaounde for a three-day gathering that focused on the renewal of spirit and resources of the African Francophone CoP teams.

Thursday, 23 February, 2017
Peace Circle in Zimbabwe

This report on the work of Creators of Peace in Zimbabwe has been complied by Talia Smith, UK, who accompanied the CoP team on the ground in February this year. Photos by Adelaide Mhunduru.

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