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 will be celebrating its 25th anniversary with the international conference 'Living Peace' in the Caux Conference Centre in Switzerland. For more information see below.
Living Peace: International Caux Conference 2016
4 - 10 August 2016: Celebrating 25 years of Creators of Peace
Creators of Peace will be celebrating its 25th anniversary, having been launched from Caux in 1991. With delegates from over 40 countries where this women’s initiative now has a presence, we will explore the ever elusive challenge of actually ‘Living Peace’ and how this can change the global narrative from the current inevitability of violence and despair to one of compassion and hope.
Speakers so far include Kristen Engvig, Founder and President of WIN (Women's International Network) Gill Hicks, London bombing survivor; Rosina Wiltshire, first Caribbean Community Advocate for Gender Justice; Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Amy Peake, www.lovinghumanity Workshops, circles, silence, wisdom sharing will all serve the outcome of an invitation to all delegates to promote and advocate for ‘a new story’ for our time.
As individuals, as communities and as cultures we are shaped by the stories we tell ourselves and each other, and we pass them on to our children and grandchildren. These become the global narratives in which we all share, from which we all suffer or transform. Change the stories and you change the world.