Women PeaceMaker Profile

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At the Kroc IPJ, we believe in strengthening peacebuilding efforts wherever necessary to create sustainable, lasting peace.

Since 2005, the Kroc School’s Institute for Peace and Justice has annually selected four incredible women peacebuilders for a 12-month fellowship, which includes a multi-week residency at the University of San Diego’s Kroc School. 

During their residency, they learn from and with each other, apply their knowledge and experience to tackle critical questions related to peacebuilding, and connect with local communities. In particular, they work with a researcher to gather key learnings and insights on the research topic of that year.


Through partnering with local women peacebuilders and leading peace funders, we are driving forward research that is focusing on: “How do funders and local women peacebuilders create equitable, sustainable, and gender-responsive partnerships to end cycles of conflict?”


Fellowship Journey 

Feb-April: Women PeaceMakers Application Opens

May: Finalists are selected & Interviews are conducted

June: New Women PeaceMakers are announced

July-September: Begin fellowship & co-develop residency 

October-November: Multi-week Residency in San Diego

December-April: Continue research and localization projects 


The Power of the Women PeaceMakers Program…

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Meet the 2019-2020 Women PeaceMakers

Ruth Buffalo 

United States, North America

Ruth Buffalo (United States) 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. She is the former chair of the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition, and introduced legislation to protect our most vulnerable and curb human trafficking. She is an advocate for community-led initiatives through research and advocacy, capacity-building and continued reconciliation efforts through education. Ruth hopes her efforts will contribute to policy changes in all levels of government for future generations.

Lilian Riziq 

South Sudan

Lilian Riziq (South Sudan) 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. As a member of the National Constitution Review Commission, Lilian was involved in different initiatives in an attempt to engender the permanent constitution of South Sudan. She founded the South Sudan Women’s Empowerment Network and served as CEO for six years, working in partnership with several developmental organizations to raise awareness on key international and regional instruments on women’s rights, including the ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). In 2016, Lilian returned to SSWEN  as a Country Director, where she is deeply involved in the strengthening of financial management protocols and operations.

Mossarat Qadeem

Pakistan, Middle East 

Mossarat Qadeem (Pakistan) 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. She partners with many international organizations and is a member of the International Review Panel of GCERF, WASL, Women Waging Peace and founding member of ‘Commonwealth Women Mediators Network’. She was a minister of information and currently is a member of the National Commission on the Status of Women.

Rina Kedem

Israel, Middle East 

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 that includes social-economic and environmental well-being of communities, as well as hands-on, long term peacebuilding opportunities that impact policy.

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The journey doesn’t stop here.

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Apply to be one of our next Women PeaceMakers

The Women PeaceMakers Program 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 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.

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For more information, please contact:

Jennifer Bradshaw, Women, Peace and Security Program Officer 

Email: jenniferbradshaw@sandiego.edu

Phone: (619) 260-4189