2021 Women PeaceMakers Event

2021 Women PeaceMakers Event

Date and Time

  • Thursday, April 22, 2021 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.



5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




The Kroc School's signature Women PeaceMakers (WPM) event returns on April 22, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. – and this time, we're going virtual! Tune in from your corner of the world to learn from and with this year's four extraordinary women leaders about the powerful role women play in negotiating peace.

Each year, the WPMs are selected from a competitive set of applicants based on their accomplishments and expertise related to a given research focus. For 2020-2021, the WPMs are focused on a critical topic: how international peacebuilding organizations can better partner with local women peacebuilders to address the closing spaces and increased insecurity women are currently facing when working to end cycles of violence.

During this Kroc School signature event, you'll hear more about these efforts, plus:

  • Real stories about what it's like being a woman peacebuilder in the Covid era
  • Insights about the challenges and opportunities of being on the front lines and in the back rooms of shaping more peaceful societies
  • Ideas for how we can bring more equity, justice, and compassion to our communities

This interactive event will include a mixture of engaging discussion featuring the WPMs, videos that give a closer look at the WPMs in action, and a Q&A with our changemaking audience.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to the Women PeaceMakers team:

We look forward to seeing you on April 22. In the meantime, learn more about this year's extraordinary Women PeaceMakers fellows below and watch video updates from the Women PeaceMakers here

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Meet the Women PeaceMakers

Muna Luqman (Yemen)

Muna is an activist for women, peace, and security issues in Yemen and globally. With 15 years of peacebuilding experience, she is diligent in advocating for sustainable peace processes with women at the table. In her efforts to advocate for ending the war in Yemen, Muna has briefed the U.N. Security Council and members of US Congress. Additionally, as the co-founder of Women Solidarity Network, the largest women’s network in Yemen, she has participated in high level meetings at the U.N. Human Rights Council, U.N. Women, and U.N. Environment Programme, among others, to advocate for women’s leadership and participation in the peace process in Yemen. She is a member of the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL). Muna was also the recipient of The Eighth International Young Women’s Peace Award. She has previously worked with international nonprofit organizations including Save the Children, Adventist Development and Relief Agency-Canada, and Handicap International. As Chair of the Food4Humanity Foundation, Muna facilitates emergency response and humanitarian relief efforts for hard-to-reach communities in Yemen. During COVID-19, Muna has helped thousands of Yemeni families through her humanitarian response efforts and the Water4Peace Initiative. 

Liberata Mulamula (Tanzania)

Liberata is currently a Visiting Scholar and Associate Director of the Institute for African Studies at the George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs. She is a Member of the Independent Eminent Persons of the 2020 Review of the UN Peacebuilding Architecture and is on the Sixth Advisory Group of the UN Secretary-General’s Peacebuilding Fund. She has also served as the Permanent Secretary of Tanzania’s Foreign Ministry, and as the first Executive Secretary of the Regional Intergovernmental Organization for Peace, Stability and Development in the Great Lakes Region covering 12 post-conflict countries of Africa and others. Liberata grew up hosting refugees from neighboring countries experiencing civil war; the injustice of their suffering motivated her to pursue conflict resolution, foreign affairs and peacebuilding. Today, Liberata is a recognized local, regional and international leader with over 25 years of experience. She is a founding member of FemWise-Africa (The Network of African Women in Conflict Resolution and Mediators), the African Union-United Nations African Women Leaders Network and the Advisory Board of Women's Platform for Peace, Security and Cooperation in the Great Lakes Region. Liberata is also a distinguished career diplomat, previously serving as Tanzania’s Ambassador to the U.S. and as Senior Diplomatic Advisor to the former President of Tanzania.

Nesreen Barwari (Iraq/Kurdistan)

Nesreen brings nearly 30 years of experience in humanitarian relief and peacebuilding across Kurdistan and Iraq. With the United Nations, the Kurdistan Regional Government, and the federal Government of Iraq, Nesreen has distinguished herself in public policy leadership. Her focus on achieving conflict resolution and building peace through good governance practices, relief programs and education has impacted the private, public, nonprofit, and academic sector in Iraq. Nesreen also serves as an Associate Professor of good governance and urban planning at the University of Duhok. Nesreen’s career began in an emergency relief program with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) assisting refugees and internally displaced persons to return to their homes following the 1991 war. In addition to being honored by the United Nations in 2003 for her work with displaced and vulnerable population in Iraq in 2003, she was also selected as one of the ten distinguished women in Arab World by Arab League in 2004 and as a Young Global Leader in 2005 by the World Economic Forum.

Slava Shikh Hasan (Syria)

Slava is an emerging leader and women’s rights activist who has worked in a variety of roles throughout her budding career as a peacebuilder. Slava previously worked with the Syrian National Coalition and Syrian Interim Government office before moving into the humanitarian sector. Most recently, Slava worked with refugee relief in Turkey, where she now lives having fled from Syria. In this capacity, Slava focuses on direct services, public relations, grant management, workshop facilitation and research. As a humanitarian field officer at a regional organization in Turkey, she directly supported refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), facilitated humanitarian services and engaged international actors including UN agencies. Slava has also served as an advocate for cases of detainees in Syria. Slava is a member of the Syrian Women’s Network and is committed to women’s empowerment across contexts, having coordinated International Women’s Day events with international organizations and women’s groups in Gaziantep, Turkey. Slava is also a certified dialogue facilitator and brings expertise on human rights, governance, transitional justice and peacebuilding. 

This event is open to the public

Post Contact

Jennifer Bradshaw