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Creators of Peace

Creators of Peace transforms, empowers and engages women in peace creation.

The Creators of Peace (CoP) women's initiative was launched in 1991 at the Initiatives of Change conference centre in Caux, Switzerland by the Hon Anna Abdallah Msekwa of Tanzania, a respected politician and leader of her country's women's organizations. In her inaugural speech, she urged everyone to 'create peace wherever we are, in our hearts, our homes, our workplace and our community. We all pretend that someone else is the stumbling block… Could that someone be myself?'

CoP is now a global network of people working on different continents through Creators of Peace Circles, workshops, personal encounters, community building activities and international conferences - Caux, Switzerland '91 and '94, India 2001, Uganda 2005 and Australia 2009. A delegation attended the UN Women's Conference in Beijing (1995). In 2016, the 25th anniversary of CoP was celebrated in Caux through the 'Living Peace' 2016 Conference

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Creators of Peace in Nepal, March 2017
25-Apr-2017

In March this year, Australian Creators of Peace Circle facilitator trainer, Shoshana Faire, was invited back to Nepal to train more facilitators following requests for the use of Peace Circles across various organisations in the country. This report was prepared by hosts Neichu Mayer and Meena Sharma.

Irène Laure
29-Mar-2017

In the Creators of Peace Circle, we spend time getting to know the stories of women who have taken leadership for peace. We learn about the qualities they found in themselves when faced with extraordinary circumstances. The story of one of these women seems pertinent at this time as those of us who live in Europe once again grapple with our identify and relationship with our neighbours. Danielle Norgren, who is interning with Creators of Peace & Caux-IofC Foundation in Geneva, watches the film 'For the Love of Tomorrow' and encounters the story of Irene Laure for the first time. Here are her reflections.

CoP workshop in Cameroon
20-Mar-2017

CoP Ambassador Daphrose Ntarataze, CoP's new President Amina Dikedi-Ajakaiye, Executive Officer Kate Monkhouse and women from Rwanda, Burundi, DRC, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Switzerland and host country Cameroon gathered in the capital city of Yaounde for a three-day gathering that focused on the renewal of spirit and resources of the African Francophone CoP teams.

Peace Circle in Zimbabwe
23-Feb-2017

This report on the work of Creators of Peace in Zimbabwe has been complied by Talia Smith, UK, who accompanied the CoP team on the ground in February this year. Photos by Adelaide Mhunduru.

Creators of Peace in Romania participants
12-Dec-2016

Eight women from Romania, Ukraine, Albania and Sweden took part in a Creators of Peace Circle held at a pottery in Baia Sprie, Romania.

Living Peace song rehearsal,Caux Aug 2016
08-Dec-2016

In song, in words and on film - some glimpses of the riches of the Living Peace conference at Caux in August, celebrating 25 years of Creators of Peace.