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Kroc IPJ Announces 2019-2020 Women PeaceMakers Focused on Shaping Peaceful Societies in the United States and Abroad

Thursday, July 11, 2019TOPICS: ChangemakerResearchWomen Peacemakers

Each day leading women peacebuilders are shaping societies for the better. They are entrenched in meetings, involved in high stakes negotiations, working behind enemy lines — doing powerful and impactful work that we rarely see, but can all learn from.

About Women PeaceMakers

The Kroc IPJ’s Women PeaceMakers (WPM) program brings that learning to the forefront. From this year’s pool of over 120 applications, the team selected four incredible women peacebuilders for a 12-month fellowship, which includes a 6-week residency at the University of San Diego’s Kroc School.

Focus of the Fellowship

During their residency, they will learn from and with each other, applying their knowledge and experience to tackle critical questions related to peacebuilding. In particular, they will be working with a researcher to gather key learnings and insights on:

   How to build more equitable funding partnerships between local women peacebuilders and peacebuilding funders

These insights are needed to ensure policymakers and practitioners are funding projects that align with the local and real-time peacebuilding needs these women are navigating.

Exciting New Addition to this Year’s Women PeaceMakers Fellowship

For the first time ever, this year’s cohort of WPMs will include a peacebuilder from the United States. As we look to build bridges, end cycles of violence and address issues of polarization within this country, we must learn from and with other international peacebuilders who have been navigating these challenges for decades.

“It’s exciting to see this year’s cohort of WPMs coming from the USA, South Sudan, Pakistan and Israel. The time to build stronger bridges, knowledge exchanges and partnerships between women peacebuilders from ALL countries is now.” — Jennifer Bradshaw, Women Peace and Security Program Officer.

Here are the four remarkable 2019-2020 WPMs:

Ruth Buffalo (United States)

Ruth Buffalo is a political healer, community organizer, public health professional and educator, citizen of the Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nation, and descendant of the Chiricahua Apache. She was elected into office in 2018 to serve North Dakota as a Representative for District 27 in south Fargo. Read more about this PeaceMaker.

Ruth Buffalo

Mossarat Qadeem (Pakistan)

Mossarat Qadeem is co-founder of PAIMAN Alumni Trust, a pioneer organization in Preventing/countering violent extremism (P/CVE) in Pakistan. She is an internationally known expert on P/CVE, de-radicalization, women peace and security and has spoken in the UN General Assembly and the Security Council on the subject. Read more about this PeaceMaker

Lilian Riziq

Lilian Riziq (South Sudan)

Lilian Riziq is one of the prominent leaders in South Sudan’s women’s movement, a Member of Leadership Team of South Sudan National Dialogue Steering Committee, and served as State Minister of Finance and State Minister of Agriculture in the Former Western Bahr El Gazal State in South Sudan. Read more about this PeaceMaker.


Rina Kedem (Israel)

Rina Kedem is an environmental peacebuilder, and entrepreneur who develops and directs cooperation projects with Palestinians, Israelis, and Jordanians for the past 16 years. Her work is guided by a wholesome perspective including social-economic and environmental well-being of communities, and tangible, hands-on and long term peacebuilding opportunities. Read more about this PeaceMaker


Women PeaceMakers Panel

This year’s cohort of Women PeaceMakers arrive at the Kroc School on October 5 and stay until November 16, 2019. During their residency, they will guest lecture in the Kroc School’s peace and justice classes, and share their peacebuilding story at the Women PeaceMakers Panel on November 5, 2019. Seating is limited, so RSVP now

Advance women’s inclusion in peacebuilding around the world by supporting a WPM fellow. This 12-month Fellowship costs $30,000 per WPM — to learn more about this Fellowship, click here.

To make a contribution to this Fellowship (every little bit counts), please donate at the button below. 


Jennifer Bradshaw
(619) 260-4189

Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies


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