Inside USD--Four international women peace makers, representing Kenya, Liberia, the Philippines and Zimbabwe, arrived at the University of San Diego this week to begin a two-month residency where they’ll to share their personal stories, have it documented by a peace writer and learn about their female counterparts’ peacekeeping efforts.
Now in its eighth year, and funded by the Fred J. Hansen Foundation, the 2010 Women PeaceMakers Program participants (pictured, left to right with IPJ Program Officer Jen Freeman, center) are Sarah Akoru Lochodo (Kenya), Merlie B. Mendoza (the Philippines), Vaiba Kebeh Flomo (Liberia) and Nora Chengeto Tapiwa (Zimbabwe).
In the weeks ahead, the women tell their stories to writers who capture their struggles, successes, dreams and disappointments. They interact with and address high school and other public audiences, and become a central part of the USD community for eight weeks.
“Their valor and steadfast work for peace in their communities always inspires our students and USD community. They, too, are transformed by this exchange,” says Dee Aker, IPJ deputy director. (Full Story Inside USD)