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Living Peace Conference Closing Day 2016
Creators of Peace
Engaging women in their role as creators of peace at every level of society

Creators of Peace

Living Peace, Creators of Peace, logoThe 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). In 2016, the 25th anniversary of CoP was celebrated in Caux through the 'Living Peace' conference.

Upcoming training

Creators of Peace at Caux – Peace in Practice

Monday 7 August 2017 (evening ) to Saturday 12 August 2017 (morning)

What does it mean to be an effective peace creator? What skills can we develop to help us listen and understand each other more fully? What resources do we need as individuals and as teams to build sustainable Creators of Peace programmes? What ways might we share stories that help create peace?

A follow-up to 'Living Peace' (conference 2016)

For more information, please visit http://www.caux.ch/training-offers o e-mail: creatorsofpeace@iofc.org

Current News

Tuesday, 08 March, 2016
Creators of Peace facilitators being trained in New Zealand

Facilitators of Creators of Peace Circles are trained for the role. In recent weeks trainings have taken place in three countries. Jean Brown gathers the stories

Thursday, 03 December, 2015
Peace Circle in Oxford

Sceptical of its actual impact, Ashley Muller unpacks her first exposure to a Creators of Peace Circle. From judgment to advocacy, she writes about her change of heart towards Peace Circles, engaging with her identity as a woman seeking to create peace, and embracing the responsibility of doing this in partnership with many other women around the world.

Monday, 30 November, 2015
Creators of Peace in Fiji

Ratu (Chief) Meli Vesikula invites Creators of Peace to help meet the ‘need for Fiji to find a path towards peace.’ Fifteen women from Suva participated in two Circles over the week of 19–23 October.

Monday, 23 November, 2015
Creators of Peace in Delhi

Creators of Peace Circles held in Mumbai in October gave ‘professional listeners’ an opportunity to be listened to. Most of the women who participated worked in situations where they themselves could conduct these Circles, in women’s prisons, gender and anthropological research and with sex workers.

Friday, 06 November, 2015
Peace Circles activity with women participants in Kabul

The first Creators of Peace Circle was recently held in a refugee camp with ladies who have never experienced the real meaning of peace in their lives, nor their parents, their husbands, their children or their communities. They live in this camp with family members, having escaped from war in various provinces of the country.

Thursday, 29 October, 2015
United Nations Flags

Rainer Gude, Chargé de Mission of IofC for International Geneva recently spoke (remotely) at a Yale University Graduate level class entitled, 'Sustainable Development Goals & Implementation'.

Wednesday, 30 September, 2015
Creators of Peace Circles in Mali

Invited by 'Women in Law and Development in Africa-Mali' (WILDAF-Mali), Creators of Peace President, Daphrose Ntarataze and Burundian colleague Marthe Mukerabirori, made two visits to Mali in recent months to facilitate Creators of Peace Circles for 52 women from the north and south of the country. The theme under which the Circles were held was, 'Space for dialogue and inclusive exchanges between women from Mali'.

Tuesday, 22 September, 2015
The ladies were excited to receive their certificates

On 18 August Creators of Peace Circle facilitators, Angie Katito and Adelaide Mhunduru, conducted follow up sessions for two Peace Circles held in Mkoba suburbs.

Thursday, 10 September, 2015
Creators of Peace in Delhi

Two Indian Airline companies – Spice Jet and Jet Airways – flew five Kashmiri women activists from Srinagar to Delhi and back free of charge for the Creators of Peace Circle being held in India in August. This, they said, was their contribution to ‘an initiative serving women’s empowerment’. From Afghanistan to villages in India – Creators of Peace Circles are getting underway.

Monday, 07 September, 2015
Walk for Peace rally

The Creators of Peace team in Kenya had the honour to be among the invited guests for the official closing event of the 'Champions walk for peace', which brought together 25 top athletes who walked for 22 days and covered 823kms across seven counties in the troubled North Rift Kenya.

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