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TitleUSD Welcomes Women PeaceMakers
ContactMelissa Wagoner
Contact E-mailmwagoner, at
Contact Phone(619) 260-4659

Women from Pakistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, South Sudan and India tell their stories of building peace amid war and violence

The 11th group of Women PeaceMakers at the University of San Diego have arrived on campus for a two-month residency at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice.

The Women PeaceMakers Program documents the stories and peacebuilding practices of international women leaders. Each year, four women are paired with four professional writers to record their unique stories of living in conflict and building peace.

The 2013 peacemakers come from areas in the midst of or recovering from violent conflict, and work in a variety of fields:

  • Rehana Hashmi of Pakistan is the founder of the Women Political School Project and Sisters Trust Pakistan, which helps survivors of domestic violence and those breaking free of religious fundamentalism and forced marriages.
  • Sabiha Husic of Bosnia-Herzegovina, a psychotherapist and an Islamic theologian, is the director of Medica Zenica which provides psychosocial and medical support to women and children victims of war and sexual violence.
  • Rutuparna Mohanty of India is a human right lawyer and the founder of Maa Ghara (Mothers Home) which provides shelter and rehabilitation for trafficked and sexually exploited women and girls. She also publishes a weekly newspaper written by and for women in India.
  • Philister Baya Lawiri of South Sudan, who was displaced from her home for decades because of civil war, is the chairperson of South Sudan’s Civil Service Commission. Lawiri is one of the founders of Southern Women Solidarity for Peace and Development, which helps women displaced by war.

In addition to several public speaking engagements throughout September and October, the four women will appear at numerous events in the San Diego community, including at the FRED Forum at Scripps Institute for Oceanography from September 17 to 19.

For more information on the women and USD’s Women PeaceMakers Program, please visit us at

For full bios of this year’s Women PeaceMakers, please see:

The women are available for media interviews by calling (619) 260-4659 x4.

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