Women, Peace, and Security

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Begin quote "Why are there no women at the peace table?” asked a Woman PeaceMaker from the Philippines to a group of male negotiators. "We could not find one.” They replied.

When women participate in peace processes, the resulting agreement is 35% more likely to last at least 15 years; however, the majority of peace agreements signed from 1990 to today have zero female signatories. By sharing insights, learnings and strategies of women peacebuilders who have overcome barriers to participate within peace process, we amplify and strengthen the voices of women, which results in stronger, more sustainable peace accords. Additionally, by bringing these Women PeaceMakers together, so they can learn from and with one another, we grow and strengthen the community of Women PeaceMakers, which as of 2018 consists of 65 women and spans 30 countries.

Women PeaceMakers Program | Women Waging Peace

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Women PeaceMakers Program

International peace efforts often fail.
We can do better.

At the Kroc IPJ, we believe in strengthening peacebuilding efforts wherever necessary to create sustainable, lasting peace. Fundamental to that effort is supporting and facilitating a comprehensive and thoughtful approach to the peacebuilding process—specifically supporting the inclusion of women peacemakers—we do this through the Women PeaceMakers Program. The unique 12-month fellowship, including a 6-week residency at the Kroc IPJ in San Diego, focuses on strengthening and improving peace efforts around the world by building an engaged community of peacemakers from conflict-affected communities and international peace partners looking to enhance their ability to end cycles of violence.

Over the course of the fellowship, the cohort of peacebuilders and accompanying peace researchers, who document their journey, methods and strategies, will engage in an active learning community with in-person residencies and a virtual learning exchange to explore successes and challenges to their work ending cycles of violence. Using critical reflection and co-created learning, the cohort will design shared commitments for stronger, more effective collaboration on key issues to guide women peacebuilders around the world.

Meet the 2019 Women PeaceMakers 

Watch the 2019 Women PeaceMakers Event Presentations

On November 5, 2019, the 2019 Women PeaceMakers Fellows took the stage to share their inspirational stories and meaningful insights.

Read An Event Recap    View Event Photos



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For more information, please contact:

Jennifer Bradshaw
(619) 260-4189

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Women Waging Peace

Peace is stronger with women. Women are stronger together.

The Women Waging Peace Network at the Kroc IPJ is a network of more than 1,000 women peacemakers from around the world. It identifies just a fraction of the women who could be called upon to serve as negotiators, experts, advocates, policymakers, and in so many other roles needed in peace processes.

The Women Waging Peace Network was founded by U.S. Ambassador Swanee Hunt, and developed into a preeminent global network of women leaders that it is today by Hunt Alternatives and the Institute for Inclusive Security.

The Network now resides at the Kroc IPJ, as Inclusive Security continues to pursue strategies for global advocacy to ensure women inform and influence U.S. and international policy agendas on women, peace, and security.

The Kroc IPJ provides opportunities to foster learning and connect members meaningfully within the Network, and integrate their leadership models and strategies into Kroc IPJ’s learning and practice.

To search for a peacemaker from a specific country, or discover and learn from a member of the Network — leaders in peacemaking and human rights who are government officials, representatives of nongovernmental organizations and civil society movements, scholars and educators, businesspeople, and journalists - view our database.


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2019-2020 Women PeaceMakers Fellowship Application

The Women PeaceMakers Program (WPM) offers a unique opportunity for women building peace to engage in a cycle of learning, practice and strengthening of peacebuilding partnerships through participation in a 12-month Fellowship. Knowing the power of women’s participation in peace and security decision-making to building more durable peace, the WPM Fellowship aims to drive forward stronger, more effective collaborations between women peacebuilders from conflict-affected communities and their international partners. 

Applications for 2019-2020 Women PeaceMakers Programs are now closed, thank you all that applied. For those who missed this year's opportunity, please keep your eyes open for the application to open again in Spring 2020.

For more information, please contact:

Jennifer Bradshaw
(619) 260-4189