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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).
The CoP logo and the poem The Wheel of energy, that belongs to the logo, were both created in 1994 at the "Creators of Peace - from Vision to Action" conference in Caux, Switzerland, by Dutch artist Hester Mila-Groeneweg:
FROM VISION TO ACTION - Creators of Peace logo. People standing hand in hand firmly and steadfast around a circle of light, silence and inspiration. Out of the circle flames spark into their hearts and beams of light go through their hands, sending them out into the world with a vision.
The Eternal Light longs to be incorporated in us,
longs to become a glowing candle into hearts
which are humble,
hearts which are open,
listening and obeying.
Hearts which are lovingly given to that Light.
When such hearts unite
the wheel of energy starts rotating
throwing them out into unknown distances
as a group and as an individual to unknown shores.
They may create order and peace then.
Grant us that we may become Peace-builders,
Until now Creators of Peace has attracted funds largely from individual donations. As its programme expands, CoP is seeking to broaden its funding to include foundations, governments, international organizations and corporations. Activities are conducted primarily by volunteers. Funding is principally required for:
Creators of Peace (CoP) is an international women’s initiative started in 1991. It challenges women everywhere to:
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