Women PeaceMakers
Institute for Peace and Justice

Contact: Jennifer Freeman
Phone: (619) 260-7569
Fax: (619) 260-7570

Location: KIPJ Room 121
Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

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Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice

Women PeaceMakers


As one of the Institute for Peace and Justice's flagship programs, the Women PeaceMakers program documents the stories and best practices of international women leaders who are involved in human rights and peacemaking efforts in their home countries. 

Women on the frontlines of efforts to end violence and secure a just peace seldom record their experiences, activities and insights, as generally there is no time, or, perhaps, no formal education that would help them record their work. 

The Women PeaceMakers program offers an opportunity for women leaders who want to document, share and build upon their unique peacemaking stories.

In addition to documenting their stories, women give presentations on their work at the institute and in the San Diego community. They have opportunities to exchange ideas and approaches to peacemaking and justice, which increases their capacity to participate in conflict resolution, peacebuilding efforts and post-conflict decision making. 

The Women PeaceMakers program works increasingly to project participants as experts and advocates in gendered peacebuilding processes locally, regionally and internationally.

The institute gratefully acknowledges Cigna for supporting the 2015 Women PeaceMakers program.

"[I] especially appreciate IPJ’s Women PeaceMakers Program as a powerful tool to make the knowledge and experience of women engaged in peace processes accessible to a broader audience and, at the same time, provide these women with the opportunity to further enhance their skills."

- Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile, Former Executive Director of UN Women


Read about the 2015 PeaceMakers on ATAVIST

Hear their stories on iVOW podcasts

Read all PeaceMakers' stories online

Educators: Contact Program Officer Katie Zanoni for ways to incorporate WPM stories in your curriculum