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

 

Wednesday, 27 May, 2015
In Haruma with Creators of Peace

From 15 - 17 April Creators of Peace went to Huruma Estate in Nairobi - this is the fourth workshop to be held in the informal settlements of Nairobi. Like most informal settlements, the basic services like water, sewage, road access, and toilets are inadequate and sometimes non-existent.

Thursday, 07 May, 2015

Creators of Peace is inviting expressions of interest from anyone who would like to take on the role of conference co-ordinator for the Creators of Peace 25th anniversary conference to be held in Caux, Switzerland in August 2016.

Tuesday, 05 May, 2015
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom’s (WILPF) 100th Anniversary Conference in The Hague

On the last day of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom’s (WILPF) 100th Anniversary Conference, Willemijn Lambert and Kate Monkhouse conclude their reflections on three days of learning and engagement with other women working for peace.

Tuesday, 05 May, 2015
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom’s 100th Anniversary Conference

Willemijn Lambert and Kate Monkhouse continue their reflections about women and peace at the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom’s 100th Anniversary Conference.

Tuesday, 05 May, 2015
Willemijn Lambert at the Women’s International  League for Peace and Freedom’s (WILPF) 100th Anniversary Conference in The Hague

Willemijn Lambert and Kate Monkhouse from Creators of Peace are participating in the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom’s (WILPF) 100th Anniversary Conference in The Hague, 27-29 April 2015. Each day they have written a blog, here is their blog' reflections from Day One.

Wednesday, 22 April, 2015
Peace Circle participants in Gweru

The first Creators of Peace Circle held in Zimbabwe, facilitated by Angie Katito and Adelaide Mhunduru, took place over a period of three days in February 2015 in a high density suburb of Mkoba in Gweru, the third largest city in Zimbabwe.

Tuesday, 21 April, 2015
Peace Circle participants in Barbados

When Monica Ellis moved to Barbados from Britain, she knew she would like to bring her experience and work with Creators of Peace Circles to the beautiful Caribbean island. In March 2015 it finally happened. Monica Ellis, Barbados/UK and Kathy Aquilina, USA, report:

Sunday, 08 March, 2015
Creators of Peace participant

Women around the world mark today, 8 March, as a special celebration and joint effort for women’s rights, peace and equity in our world. Individual Creators of Peace women will be taking part in celebrations and justice events all over the globe as part of their local communities. This year’s theme is 'Make It Happen'. Creators of Peace helps empower women to make 'peace' happen through community gatherings called Creators of Peace Circles. Today we are launching our Give Ten$ fundraising campaign as a tribute to the last 10 years of Creators of Peace Circles and to raise money to support our facilitators and offer more trainings.

Friday, 27 February, 2015
Creators of Peace in Oxford

Last time Mary Lean co-facilitated a weekend peace circle in Britain in January, snow and flu saw to it that only five people turned up – three of them facilitators! So it was with considerable relief that 13 women gathered in Oxford over the weekend of 19 January, with the sun shining and only two health-related cancellations.

Tuesday, 11 November, 2014

Recently Baringo county, Kenya, has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Fresh violence has hit the area, killing dozens of people and forcing many to flee their homes. Twenty-one police officers were ambushed and killed by bandits in Pokot. In a difficult context of violence and castle-rustling, three Peace Circles- in Kabarnet, Sandai (Bogoria) and Marigat reaching 48 women from the Tugens, Endorois and Ilchamus communities - addressed some of the root causes and equipped women to become peace-makers.

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