2014 Women Peace Makers Program (WPM) in California

2014 Women Peace Makers Program (WPM) in California

 Deadline: PeaceMakers (May 15, 2014) and Peace Writer (May 30, 2014)

The Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (IPJ) at the University of San Diego in California, is currently accepting applications from Women Peace Makers and Peace Writers for its 2014 Women Peace Makers Program (WPM). The WPM program is designed for leaders from conflict-affected countries around the world who are transforming conflict and assuring gender-inclusion in post conflict recovery through the defense of human rights and peace building efforts they lead.

Four Women PeaceMakers are selected each year to participate in an eight-week residency at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, located on the University of San Diego (USD) campus in San Diego, California.

The program pairs each woman with a Peace Writer and a documentary film team to document her story and best practices. Selected candidates give presentations on their work both at the institute and in the San Diego community. They have opportunities to exchange ideas and approaches to peacemaking and justice, which helps increase their capacity to participate in conflict resolution and peacebuilding efforts and in post-conflict decision-making.


There is no cost for participation in the Women PeaceMakers program.

  • Airfare, visa expenses, lodging and health insurance are covered by the program.
  • PeaceMakers receive a stipend during their residency to cover living expenses and incidentals.


  • This is a program open to women who have been involved in either official or unofficial peace processes and who may be working at the grassroots, national, or international level.
  • We select women who have been active in efforts to secure a just peace, namely, through conflict resolution and civil society participation that is inclusive and honors human rights. Women PeaceMakers must:
    • Have extensive experience (usually 10+ years) working directly in peacemaking and/or human rights efforts at a grassroots, national or international level.
    • Speak sufficient English to relate personal experiences. Written English is not necessary.
    • Be in a position to apply what is learned and/or to share with others at the conclusion of the residency program.

Note: The program seeks to create a space for PeaceMakers to renew personal commitments to their work and to take time to reflect in a safe and nurturing environment that promotes new learning and an authentic exchange of ideas.

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