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


This endorsement comes from Dr Stella Cornelius, Co-director of the Conflict Resolution Network, specialist mediator and conflict analyst, and life-time activist for Peace.

News of Creators of Peace Circles Around the World

Bridges of trust are being built between women of different faiths and ethnic backgrounds in a nation undergoing political upheaval.

‘Peace Circles is one of the wonderful things I want to take home with me from Australia…’

Dr Riek Machar, Vice-President of the South Sudan Regional Assembly, with participants of Creators of Peace Circle in Juba.
The Vice-President of the South Sudan Regional Assembly, Dr Riek Machar, opened a five-day workshop in Juba led by a team from IofC's Creators of Peace programme. The workshop, in October, was for members of the Regional Assembly, the National Assembly in Khartoum and for peace and social activists. Angelina Teny, Deputy Minister for Petroleum and Energy, hosted the team from eight countries who were visiting South Africa, Kenya and Sudan during September and October to conduct a series of women's 'Creators of Peace Circles'.

Part one - South Africa - a personal reflection by Tehmina Siganporia, International Coordinator of CoP

A personal reflection by Tehmina Siganporia, International Coordinator of CoP

Tehmina Siganporia and Jean Brown write about their Creators of Peace experiences in Sudan.

The first of the two Creators of Peace workshops ended yesterday, the 13th May 2008. Eleven women from around Kenya, from various professions (Ngo sector, women’s organizations…) attended the three day session.

Peace Circle participants in Oxford

At our Peace Circle in Oxford (31 October to 5 December 2007) we were a group who had come together through a chain of links and friendships. We were all interested in peace, on many different levels. Between us we covered a wide range of backgrounds, ages and experience.