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Kate Monkhouse, Treasurer of Creators of Peace (CoP) International and member of CoP UK’s Advisory Group, recently spent 12 days in Burundi, helping to train peace circle facilitators, on the invitation of CoP International President Daphrose Ntarataze.
Creators of Peace was introduced for the first time in Nigeria in mid September. Two Peace Circles were facilitated in Lagos State by Portia Mosia, an international co-ordinator of Creators of Peace, and Jackie Euvrard. They were invited by the board of MRA/Initiatives of Change Nigeria, co-ordinated by Benedicta Ngozi Opara.
Creators of Peace have continued to spread and transform women and their families and friends in Kenya. In the months of June and July three workshops were facilitated and 50 women and seven men had the opportunity to go the through the ‘simple but transformative’ Creators of Peace Circles process. Every workshop runs for three full days.
The first ever Creators of Peace Circle in Brazil took place in Rio de Janeiro, 12-14 July with eight women from different parts of the city participating. Joelina Cândida Alves reports:
Under the Creators of Peace new governance model, nine new International Coordinators were elected at its General Assembly (AGM) on 9 July 2013 in Caux, Switzerland.
Willemijn Lambert, programme coordinator Creators of Peace Netherland, reports on an inspiring Creators of Peace Circle for some of the South Sudanese diaspora in the Netherlands.
Creators of Peace International’s New Governance Model, Calling for Nominations for International Coordinators, and Expressions of Interest in the Portfolio Working Teams to support International Coordinator’s service to world network
The first Creators of Peace Circle in South Sudan ran in Juba over three days in March. The very interactive, wide ranging conversation and the very deep and painful sharing gave lie to those who said the women of South Sudan would find it hard to open up, too traumatised to share.
The beautiful paradise island of Barbados with its Sun, Sea and Sand - but even in 'paradise’ women and girls need to find their own peace potential. Monica Ellis lives part of the year in Barbados and London, and is a member of the UK Creators of Peace team.
A remarkable young teacher, Iman, who had met Creators of Peace and Initiatives of Change when living in Canada, is now back at home in Syria. She is determined to gather groups of women together to share the Peace Circle experience. Jean Brown reports.
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