Women PeaceMakers Program

Transforming Local-Global Collaboration

International peace efforts often fail. We need to learn how to do better.

Building on 15 years of the Women PeaceMakers program, we believe that strengthening collaborations between expert “insiders” to these conflicts — specifically women peacemakers — and “outsiders” supporting peace efforts, can transform how we do peacebuilding.

The new Women PeaceMakers program will offer a unique fellowship for peacebuilders, focused on strengthening and improving peace efforts around the world. The 10-month fellowship will do this through building an engaged community of four peacebuilders from conflict-affected communities and four international peace partners looking to transform their ability to end cycles of violence.

Over a 10-month fellowship, the cohort of eight 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 the program’s established methodologies of critical reflection and co-created learning, the cohort will design shared commitments for stronger, more effective collaboration on key issues.

The fellowship includes a seven-week residency in the fall, held at the Institute for Peace and Justice at the Kroc School at the University of San Diego. During this time each Woman PeaceMaker will work closely with a Peace Researcher, who will document her peacebuilding journey and the methods and strategies she uses in her work.

*For 2017-18, the program’s focus will be on peacebuilders who engage with the security sector.*

To read the stories and best practices of Women PeaceMakers from the first 14 years of the program, please see our Database of Narratives.

Women PeaceMakers from 2003-2017