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

About the Program

Fall Residency: September 10 - November 19, 2016

Applications to be a 2017 Woman PeaceMaker will open in Spring 2017.

Four Women PeaceMakers are selected each year to participate in a 10-week residency at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, located on the University of San Diego (USD) campus in San Diego, California. 

The program pairs each woman with a Peace Writer and a documentary film team to document her story and best practices. Selected candidates give presentations on their work both at the institute and in the San Diego community. They have opportunities to exchange ideas and approaches to peacemaking and justice, which helps increase their capacity to participate in conflict resolution and peacebuilding efforts and in post-conflict decision-making.


This is a program open to women who have been involved in either official or unofficial peace processes and who may be working at the grassroots, national or international level. We select women who have been active in efforts to secure a just peace, namely, through conflict resolution and civil society participation that is inclusive and honors human rights. Women PeaceMakers must:

  • Have extensive experience (usually 10+ years) working directly in peacemaking and/or human rights efforts at a grassroots, national or international level.
  • Speak sufficient English to relate personal experiences. Written English is not necessary.
  • Be in a position to apply what is learned and/or to share with others at the conclusion of the residency program.


Women PeaceMakers collaborate with Peace Writers and a film team to document personal stories through writing, video and audio recording.

Public Forums

Women PeaceMakers share their experiences of peacemaking and human rights advocacy with the local community through classroom presentations, visits to local governmental and nongovernmental organizations, small group discussions and other public engagements. Each Woman PeaceMaker participates in a formal presentation in which her individual story is highlighted, as well as a group panel discussion. These talks are open to the general public.

Rest and Reflection

The program seeks to create a space for PeaceMakers to renew personal commitments to their work and to take time to reflect in a safe and nurturing environment that promotes new learning and an authentic exchange of ideas.

Program Cost

There is no cost for participation in the Women PeaceMakers program. Airfare, visa expenses, lodging and health insurance are covered by the program. PeaceMakers receive a stipend during their residency to cover living expenses and incidentals.


Housing is provided at the Casa de la Paz, "The House of Peace," on the USD campus. The Casa de la Paz is a private residence adjacent to the institute that overlooks Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Invited Women PeaceMakers have the opportunity to rest and reflect in this beautiful, peaceful, and supportive setting.


Read about a day in the lives of the Women PeaceMakers while at the Institute for Peace and Justice.

Questions about the program? Email Program Officer Katie Zanoni.


"The process of telling my story was a very significant experience in my life. It made me to systematize my own struggles aimed at changing the lives of women and the whole society in my country and other places in the world toward gender justice and social justice."

- Luz Mendez, 2004 Woman PeaceMaker, 1 of 2 Women Signatories to the Guatemalan Peace Accords