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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

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Creators of Peace Circle in BIrguni, Nepal
05-Jan-2018

Jini Agrawal tells us about a deep, shared experience of the Creators of Peace Circle by women in BIrguni, Nepal and how they were able to support one another through storysharing.

Rose Njeri Kamau
04-Jan-2018

Rose Njeri Kamau is part of the Creators of Peace team of women who are courageously working for peace in Kenya. Rose offered her personal journey to be shared so that others can learn from it and be healed. As told to Talia Smith in advance of Creators of Peace Kenya’s 10th year anniversary where the leadership of women like Rose will be honoured and many more trained to empower peace in their communities.

15-Nov-2017

‘The first time ever that I feel free’. These words, of a participant in Afghanistan, capture the joy and anguish of women trapped by years of war, poverty and social constraint. Shabnam Hamrah in Afghanistan and Iman Al Ghafari in Syria filed these reports. November 2017.

06-Jul-2017

Following on from our 25th anniversary conference in 2016, we now want to be able to tell a much fuller story of what we do as Creators of Peace to help with fundraising and partnership building. We want to share a more detailed picture of what happens before, during and after we get together in Creators of Peace Circles, gatherings and conferences. As a whole network of women, let’s be generous and be confident that what we have done – and what we will do into the future – is, and will continue to be, amazing.

Creators of Peace logo 2016
30-May-2017

Creators of Peace will be undertaking a data collection & impact evaluation project to help us review some specific aspects of our work to date and assemble the information we need to support our fundraising, communication and training. We are looking for someone(s) for a short-term period of 12-20 days of work starting immediately to support outreach, interviews and the development of a new system.

Creators of Peace in Nepal, March 2017
25-Apr-2017

In March this year, Australian Creators of Peace Circle facilitator trainer, Shoshana Faire, was invited back to Nepal to train more facilitators following requests for the use of Peace Circles across various organisations in the country. This report was prepared by hosts Neichu Mayer and Meena Sharma.