When women participate in peace processes, the resulting agreement is 35% more likely to last at least 15 years; however, the majority of peace agreements signed from 1990 to today have zero female signatories. By sharing insights, learnings and strategies of women peacebuilders who have overcome barriers to participate within peace process, we amplify and strengthen the voices of women, which results in stronger, more sustainable peace accords. Additionally, by bringing these Women PeaceMakers together, so they can learn from and with one another, we grow and strengthen the community of Women PeaceMakers, which as of 2018 consists of 65 women and spans 30 countries.
Begin quote“Why are there no women at the peace table?” asked a Woman PeaceMaker from the Philippines to a group of male negotiators. “We could not find one.” They replied.
International peace efforts often fail.
We can do better.
At the Kroc IPJ, we believe in strengthening peacebuilding efforts wherever necessary to create sustainable, lasting peace. Fundamental to that effort is supporting and facilitating a comprehensive and thoughtful approach to the peacebuilding process—specifically supporting the inclusion of women peacemakers—we do this through the Women PeaceMakers Program. The unique 12-month fellowship, including a 6-week residency at the Kroc IPJ in San Diego, focuses on strengthening and improving peace efforts around the world by building an engaged community of peacemakers from conflict-affected communities and international peace partners looking to enhance their ability to end cycles of violence.
Over the course of the fellowship, the cohort of peacebuilders and accompanying peace researchers, who document their journey, methods and strategies, will engage in an active learning community with in-person residencies and a virtual learning exchange to explore successes and challenges to their work ending cycles of violence. Using critical reflection and co-created learning, the cohort will design shared commitments for stronger, more effective collaboration on key issues to guide women peacebuilders around the world.
Click here to learn more about and access the 2020/2021 Women PeaceMaker fellowship application. The application deadline is May 1, 2020 at 11.59pm (-7 GMT). Thank you for your interest in this Fellowship and we look forward to reviewing your application.
Watch the 2019 Women PeaceMakers Event Presentations
On November 5, 2019, the 2019 Women PeaceMakers Fellows took the stage to share their inspirational stories and meaningful insights.
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Peace is stronger with women. Women are stronger together.
The Women Waging Peace Network at the Kroc IPJ is a network of more than 1,000 women peacemakers from around the world. It identifies just a fraction of the women who could be called upon to serve as negotiators, experts, advocates, policymakers, and in so many other roles needed in peace processes.
The Women Waging Peace Network was founded by U.S. Ambassador Swanee Hunt, and developed into a preeminent global network of women leaders that it is today by Hunt Alternatives and the Institute for Inclusive Security. The Network now resides at the Kroc IPJ, as Inclusive Security continues to pursue strategies for global advocacy to ensure women inform and influence U.S. and international policy agendas on women, peace, and security.
The Kroc IPJ provides opportunities to foster learning and connect members meaningfully within the Network, and integrate their leadership models and strategies into Kroc IPJ’s learning and practice.
In April 2020, the Kroc IPJ published the fifth installment of its Kroc Insight series, entitled “Triple Threat: New Research Highlights Three Key Sources of Insecurity for Women Peacebuilders“. It brought together perspectives from the Network members who are working to end cycles of violence in their communities. The Kroc Insight focuses on the increased insecurity and threat women peacebuilders are facing from three main sources: state actors, non-state actors, and their domestic space.
To search for a peacemaker from a specific country, or discover and learn from a member of the Network — leaders in peacemaking and human rights who are government officials, representatives of nongovernmental organizations and civil society movements, scholars and educators, businesspeople, and journalists – view our database.
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