Women PeaceMakers Conferences

When we join together bright minds and empowered doers, change happens. As a conduit for that change, the Institute for Peace and Justice regularly hosts an international conference in conjunction with the Women PeaceMakers program. The conference theme is chosen to align with the major issues Women PeaceMakers are facing, and explores successful strategies being used around the world to affect change regarding the issue.

Participants range from practitioners, policymakers, academics, students and personnel across security and justice sectors. Through the sharing of ideas, actionable insights, and solutions, these contributors often produce recommendations which are shared with our partners and at the United Nations.

2014 - Defying Extremism: Gendered Responses to Religious Violence

From November 19 to 21, the IPJ will convene its 10th international conference to examine the rise of violent religious extremism and explore gendered strategies to confront it. Find more information, including the application form, co-convening organizations, speakers, agenda and ways to support this timely and important gathering.

2012 - Breaking Barriers: What it will take to achieve security, justice and peace

As the public venue for the 10th anniversary of the Women PeaceMakers program, this singular working conference convened nearly 40 Women PeaceMakers from 34 countries with other peacebuilders and human rights defenders to strategize how to overcome both the age-old and newly systematized impediments to peace.

2011 - Women, Media, Revolution

This free public forum brought together frontline journalists, filmmakers and social media citizen activists engaged in the critical examination of women in conflict and how they are using their voices in a revolution against ongoing political and cultural violence.

Final Report includes links to videos of panel discussions
Forum Program

2010 - Precarious Progress: U.N. Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security

The 2010 Women PeaceMakers Conference coincided with a momentous year, marking both the 15th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the 10th anniversary of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325. In anticipation of these celebrations, the working conference was situated to develop, distill and disseminate expert opinion from practitioners and policymakers of all levels. Delegates reflected on the implementation and challenges of UNSCRs on women, peace and security (1325, 1820, 1888 and 1889) and analyzed their practical considerations.

2009 - Bearing Exquisite Witness Arts Festival

This international working conference brought together those on the forefront of informing, creating or facilitating the training and mandates that must be active to overcome rampant human rights abuses and the brutality of conflict-related sexual violence.

Watch the video.
View the photo gallery.
Final Report

2007 - Is Peace Possible? A Summit of Peacemakers on Today's Frontlines

The Women PeaceMakers Program at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice celebrated its fifth anniversary in 2007. Each fall, this unique program hosts four courageous women and documents their stories of working to end conflict and build just and sustainable peace. The Women PeaceMakers were joined by international policymakers and experts who highlighted gender concerns and inclusion in conflict resolution, peacekeeping operations and long-term peacebuilding efforts.

2006 - Who's Making Policy? What Difference Does It Make?

More than 150 policymakers, practitioners, researchers, experts and students participated in the three-day, international working conference to address the shaping of peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding policies when women are more equally engaged.

2005 - Global Women's Court of Accountability

This was an act of hearing the profound depth and cost of human rights abuses against women in conflict environments, as well as an examination of the global community's use of legal, moral and ethical resources to call for an accounting of abstention from these crimes against humanity.

2004 - Promoting Women's Participation in Peace and Security Processes: Operationalizing U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325

The conference brought together scholars, practitioners, political-influentials, nongovernmental organizations and grassroots leaders working with the United Nations, national governments and international humanitarian agencies. Delegates representing 32 countries demonstrated personal or organizational experience and research, and a commitment to return home to continue to contribute to a collective effort to engage women in peace processes throughout the world.

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