USD Welcomes Women Peacemakers from Around the World

Women from Iraq, Haiti, Kenya and India in residence in San Diego through October

The Women PeaceMakers of the University of San Diego have arrived on campus for a two-month residency at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice. 

Now in its ninth year, the Women PeaceMakers Program documents the stories and practices of international women leaders who are involved in human rights and peacemaking efforts in their home countries. Each year four women have the opportunity to share and build upon their unique peacemaking stories. 

The 2011Women PeaceMakers (WPMs) cover a wide breadth of experience: 

  • Wahu Kaara, a democracy and anti-debt activist and educator from Kenya
  • Dr. Rashad Zaydan, a pharmacist that healed the wounded and now supports widows and orphans in Iraq
  • Claudette Werleigh, the first female Prime Minister of Haiti and recent Secretary General of Pax Christi International
  • Manjula Pradeep, a Dalit lawyer and human rights leader combating gender and caste discrimination in India

During their stay in San Diego, the women tell their stories to writers who capture their struggles, successes, dreams and disappointments. They interact with and address high school, college and other public audiences, and become a resource for the San Diego community. 

For complete bios of the WPMs, please visit: 

For more information on the WPM Program, please visit us at:

Schedule of Events

  • WPM Panel Discussion: Sept. 29, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre 
  • A Conversation with Wahu Kaara: Oct. 4, 1 – 2 p.m. Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre
  • WPM Fall Forum: Women, Media, Revolution: Oct. 5-7 Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre and conference rooms
  • A Conversation with Manjula Pradeep: Oct. 11, 1 – 2 p.m. Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre
  • A Conversation with Dr. Rashad Zaydan: Oct. 13, 1 – 2 p.m. Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre
  • A Conversation with Claudette Werleigh: Oct. 20, 1 – 2 p.m. Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre

The Women PeaceMakers Program is made possible by a grant from the Fred J. Hansen Foundation. 

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.