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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

Monday, 16 June, 2014

‘The workshop was simply transformative! My home has totally changed for good after my husband and I took part in it. If more people are taken through this programme, Kenya will become a safe place’ said Jane, one of the 21 participants who participated in a Creators of Peace Circle in Kuresoi North constituency, Nakuru County from 22 to 24 May, 2014.

Tuesday, 10 June, 2014
Creators of Peace Circle in Romania (Photo by Diana Topan & Andrei Cîmpan)

The fourth Creators of Peace Circle took place in Romania (Baia Mare) from 25-27 April, 2014. Ten women, aged 16 to 43, engaged in a peace conversation facilitated by Willemijn Lambert from the Netherlands and Simona Toroţcoi from Romania.

Friday, 04 April, 2014

In the month of February 2014, two Peace Circles took place in two areas within Nakuru County, Kenya. The issue of searching for inner peace, forgiveness and inner healing remain a highlight in the programme.

Wednesday, 02 April, 2014

Calgary, March 2014—Months of preparation under the guidance of Janyce Konkin, IofC’s Regional Projects Coordinator in Alberta culminated in a women’s Peace Circle organized and led by student interns from the University of Calgary’s Community Service Learning Project. This program finds community partners willing to provide practical experience for these students to complement their course on “Critical Perspectives on Development Practice and Research".

Monday, 24 March, 2014
Trained and ready to go: Egypt's new Creators of Peace Circle facilitators. Maha Ashour is in yellow. - for CoP use only

What does peace mean in a country where a people’s revolution has ended in disillusionment, bloodshed and polarisation? The 20 women who took part in Egypt’s first Creators of Peace circles in February came heavily burdened by the events of the last three years, and their effect on their families, friends and relationships.

Monday, 17 February, 2014
Peace Circle group in Burundi

Creators of Peace activities across the world - wrapping up Creators of Peace Circles for 2013, with news from Brazil, New Zealand, Cameroon and Burundi.

Wednesday, 12 February, 2014
Iman Al Ghafari

Iman Al Ghafari, English teacher and Creators of Peace Coordinator in Syria, has persistently and consistently worked to keep peace alive in the hearts and lives of those she lives and works with in Damascus. She uses Peace Circles, teaching assignments, informal interactions and courageous initiatives such as taking seven Syrian women on a day trip into Lebanon to expose them to something new.

Tuesday, 04 February, 2014
Group discussions during the workshop

‘Peace Begins with us’ said Mrs Goretti Bukombi, the Chairperson of Creators of Peace (CoP), Uganda in her opening remarks at the workshop in Kampala in November 2013.

Monday, 25 November, 2013
Peace Circle Brazil

Two new Peace Cirles were formed in Brazil, made up of women from a wide variety of beliefs and walks of life, ranging from women from disadvantaged communities, housewives, and women in jobs including professionals in mental and physical health.

Monday, 28 October, 2013
Creators of Peace facilitation training in Burundi

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.

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