Creators of Peace

Creators of Peace transforms, empowers and engages women in peace creation.


The Creators of Peace (CoP) women's 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' 2016 Conference

Creators of Peace USA

Who could have imagined, that 69 years after the partition of India, two women, whose parents were on opposite sides within the Punjab region, would come together in the United States to facilitate a Creators of Peace (CoP) Circle. Anjum Ali and Kavita Kapur first met through a Creators of Peace Circle in 2015.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.