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APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE 2016 RESIDENCY FOR WOMEN PEACEMAKERS AND PEACE WRITERS!, University of San Diego

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    Women PeaceMakers

    APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE 2016 RESIDENCY FOR WOMEN PEACEMAKERS AND PEACE WRITERS!

    Click here for the Women PeaceMakers Application
    Deadline: April 25, 2016

    Click here for the Peace Writers Application
    Deadline: May 9, 2016

    Read more about the program and qualifications for applicants.

    As one of the Institute for Peace and Justice’s flagship programs, the Women PeaceMakers program documents the stories and best practices of international women leaders who are involved in human rights and peacemaking efforts in their home countries.

    About the Program

    APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN TO BE A 2016 WOMAN PEACEMAKER!

    Fall Residency: September 10 – November 19, 2016

    Deadline for applications: April 25, 2016

     

    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.

    Qualifications

    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.

    Documentation

    Women PeaceMakers collaborate with Peace Writers and a film team to document personal stories through writing, video, and audio recording.

    Public Forums

    Women PeaceMakers share their experiences of peacemaking and human rights advocacy with the local community through classroom presentations, visits to local governmental and non-governmental organizations, small group discussions and other public engagements. Each Woman PeaceMaker participates in a formal presentation in which her individual story is highlighted, as well as a group panel discussion. These talks are open to the general public.

    Rest and Reflection

    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.

    Program Cost

    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.

    Lodging

    Housing is provided at the Casa de la Paz, “The House of Peace,” on the USD campus. The Casa de la Paz is a private residence adjacent to the institute that overlooks Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Invited Women PeaceMakers have the opportunity to rest and reflect in this beautiful, peaceful, and supportive setting.

    Women on the frontlines of efforts to end violence and secure a just peace seldom record their experiences, activities and insights, as generally there is no time, or, perhaps, no formal education that would help them record their work.

    The Women PeaceMakers program offers an opportunity for women leaders who want to document, share and build upon their unique peacemaking stories.

    In addition to documenting their stories, women give presentations on their work at the institute and in the San Diego community. They have opportunities to exchange ideas and approaches to peacemaking and justice, which increases their capacity to participate in conflict resolution, peacebuilding efforts and post-conflict decision making.

    The Women PeaceMakers program works increasingly to project participants as experts and advocates in gendered peacebuilding processes locally, regionally and internationally.

    The institute gratefully acknowledges Cigna for supporting the 2015 Women PeaceMakers program.

    for more info see http://www.sandiego.edu/peacestudies/institutes/ipj/programs/women-peacemakers/about/

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