Women PeaceMakers

About our Women PeaceMakers Fellowship: Each year, the Women PeaceMakers Fellowship brings together four women peacebuilders and leading international peacebuilding organizations. Together, this cohort conducts applied research that builds mutual learning, more effective partnerships, and strengthens peacebuilding practice and policy.

Additionally, through this 12-month opportunity, selected Fellows:

  • Learn from and with other leading Fellows and the Kroc School’s team
  • Gain new skills, perspectives and innovative approaches to peacebuilding
  • Expand their professional peacebuilding networks
  • Drive forward vital peacebuilding research that focuses on shifting practice and policy

Since 2002, 70+ women from 35+ countries have completed this Fellowship. 

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WPM 2020 Flyer

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Meet the 2019-2020 Women PeaceMakers

Mossarat Qadeem Pakistan, Middle East

Mossarat Qadeem is co-founder of PAIMAN Alumni Trust, a pioneer organization in Preventing/countering violent extremism (P/CVE) in Pakistan.

Ruth Buffalo United States, North America

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.

Lilian Riziq South Sudan

Lilian Riziq is one of the prominent leaders in South Sudan’s women’s movement and a Member of Leadership Team of South Sudan National Dialogue Steering Committee.

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.

The 2020 Women PeaceMakers Focus

Each year the Women PeaceMakers Fellowship has a research focus. To ensure this focus aligns closely with the real-time peacebuilding needs of the WPS field, the Kroc IPJ surveys its network of local women peacebuilders. Based on the outcomes of this survey, this year's research focus is:

How do funders and peacebuilders create equitable, sustainable and local women peacebuilder-responsive partnerships to end cycles of violence?

The Journey Doesn’t End There...