The Women PeaceMakers Program
OVERVIEW OF 2018 PROGRAM
The Women PeaceMakers Program (WPM) offers a unique opportunity for women building peace to engage in a cycle of learning, practice and reflection through participation in a 10-month fellowship. The internationally-renowned Women PeaceMakers program is honoring 16 years of documenting the diverse roles women play in peacebuilding. Knowing the power of women’s full participation in peace and security decision-making to building more durable peace, the Women PeaceMakers fellowship aims to build stronger, more effective collaborations between women peacebuilders from conflict-affected communities and their international partners. The Women PeaceMakers program is based at the Institute for Peace and Justice (IPJ) at the University of San Diego’s Kroc School of Peace Studies.
Eligibility: Women PeaceMakers fellows who have participated in formal mediation and peace negotiation processes as members of conflict parties in the negotiations, or as formal mediators to national or subnational peace processes. International partners will likewise be selected based on their work in and support of more inclusive peace processes.
Four Women PeaceMakers and four individual international partners will be selected as a cohort to build mutual learning and stronger modes of engagement between women building peace (“insiders”) and international actors (“outsiders”) working to end cycles of violence. During the 10-month fellowship, the program will focus on women’s formal participation in national and subnational peace negotiations to answer the question:
How can Women PeaceMakers and international partners build more effective local/global collaborations that support women’s meaningful participation in peace negotiations?
Four Women PeaceMakers will participate in the following activities from September 2018 to June 2019:
- Women PeaceMakers Residency (September 29 - November 17, 2018) Location: Institute for Peace and Justice
Selected Women PeaceMakers participate in a 7-week residency at the University of San Diego. To complement the work PeaceMakers are doing with their international partners, they will: work together with a peace researcher to map the methods used and challenges faced when engaging in national and subnational peace negotiations; share peacebuilding experiences with faculty, students and community members at the University of San Diego; live with three fellow Women PeaceMakers, while sharing with and learning from one another’s peacemaking journeys; and, cultivate a reflective peacebuilding practice in a safe and nurturing environment that promotes new learning and an authentic exchange of ideas.
- Learning Lab (1 week in October 2018 ) Location: Institute for Peace and Justice
During the Residency, Women PeaceMakers and International partners meet together at the IPJ for 3.5 days to discuss the obstacles both groups face in their work. Through a shared understanding and a deep analysis of the issues, the team will contribute to the IPJ Partnership Compact, which presents gender-sensitive jointly agreed principles and policy recommendations that international organizations, UN agencies and women peacebuilders can adopt. The IPJ Partnership Compact focuses on the identification and adoption of strategies to build more effective local-global collaborations. The creation and refinement of a section on peace negotiations will be an ongoing focus of the Women PeaceMakers and partner cohort throughout the 10-month fellowship.
- Virtual Learning Exchange (September 2018 - June 2019) Location: Virtual/ Home-based (Email, Skype, Phone)
Over the course of the fellowship, participants engage in ongoing discussion and refinement of their contribution to the Partnership Compact – about successes or continued challenges they face in the field, and strategies for more meaningful cooperation
- Localization Initiative (June - July 2019) Location: Woman PeaceMaker local context
Women PeaceMakers have the opportunity to apply for funding (up to $7,500 US) to engage in community-based consultations in their home country focused on gathering input on the Partnership Compact from local stakeholders.
- Women PeaceMakers Alumnae and Women Waging Peace Network
Upon completion of the 10-month fellowship, alumnae will be invited to join the network of 60 Women PeaceMakers from 38 countries, and become part of the 1,000 woman Women Waging Peace network. The two Kroc IPJ-based networks will provide a range of benefits to members that will be discussed during the interview process.
There is no cost to participate in the Women PeaceMakers Program. Selected peacemakers will receive a per diem to cover basic living costs during the residency. This funding is to be used for meals and incidentals, and any local transportation needs apart from residency activities.
The program provides all funding related to securing a visa, travel and airfare to and from San Diego at the beginning and end of the residency, and lodging throughout the seven weeks. The program encourages applicants to seek supplemental funding from other sources if needed, although the funding provided by the IPJ for those selected will be sufficient for the full seven weeks.
Housing will be provided at La Casa de la Paz, "The House of Peace," on the campus of the University of San Diego in California. The “Casa” is a private residence adjacent to the IPJ, on the grounds of a beautiful garden that overlooks Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Each woman will have a private bedroom in a two-room apartment that she will share with one other international Woman PeaceMaker. The apartments are spacious, featuring a kitchen, living room, television, computers and 1 1/2 bathrooms. Selected peacemakers will have the opportunity to rest and reflect in this beautiful, peaceful and supportive setting.
Applicants for the Women PeaceMakers fellowship must:
- Have worked for 5-10+ years as a peacebuilder and have worked directly in formal mediation and peace negotiation processes as members of conflict parties in the negotiations, or as formal mediators to national or subnational peace processes;
- Held a significant leadership role in the mediation process, and/or of a peacebuilding organization, network, or movement;
- Demonstrates peacebuilding/peacemaking skills and attitudes;
- Be in a position to participate in all activities during the 10-month fellowship and apply what is learned at the conclusion of the residency program;
- Demonstrate local credibility and a strong social network within her country/community of practice;
- Speak sufficient English to relate personal experiences. Written English is not necessary.
Applications must include :
-The completed and signed 2018 Application Form. (See below)
-A written statement describing:
- Why you are interested in participating in the 2018 Women PeaceMakers Program. (No more than 2 pages)
- Your journey of becoming a peacemaker including:
- Through your work, explain how you have acted in formal mediation and peace negotiation processes in your country of origin. Please provide concrete details of your role. (No more than 2 pages)
- Do you work with international partners (INGOs, international donors, UN agencies, or others)?
-A resume or curriculum vitae of your professional peacemaking activities and educational background. (No more than 3 pages)
-Two letters of reference
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