Through our programmes, conferences and community-building activities we aim to:
Creators of Peace was launched in 1991 at the Initiatives of Change conference centre in Caux, Switzerland by the Honourable Anna Abdallah Msekwa of Tanzania, a respected politician and champion of women’s rights.
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?”
Creators of Peace is a women-led organisation and global network practising peace in 50+ countries on 6 continents through workshops, personal encounters, community building activities and conferences.
The main programme of Creators of Peace is the Peace Circle. A Creators of Peace Circle is guided by trained facilitators. With the help of facilitators, participants work together through a series of "gathering points" or conversation starters that are designed to elicit honest and open sharing of their personal experiences, beliefs and values.
Over 500 facilitators have been trained through the Creators of Peace network worldwide. All facilitators across the network follow the same manual — available in English, French, Arabic, Hindi, Portuguese and Spanish. The manual is designed to be contextualised so it can be adapted to the cultural and social needs of each community.
We develop peace-building programmes, exercises and events within our organisation and in partnership with others, and will continue to offer new programmes as the network expands worldwide.
Creators of Peace (CoP) is a programme of Initiatives of Change International (IofC) and an Associate Member of the Initiatives of Change International Association. As such, Creators of Peace operates under the auspices of IofC’s International Association. IofC is a long-standing global organisation dedicated to building trust across the world's divides.
Creators of Peace is governed by an International Committee, which consists of 6-10 members including the President. The International Committee works closely with international coordinators, international working groups, and regional and national coordinators. The Advisory Group, a team of Elders and former International Committee members, provide support, guidance and expertise across the organisation as younger generations take on leadership roles. Regional and national coordinators provide leadership and support to local teams in the Americas, Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Europe, New Zealand and Australia.
Creators of Peace is made possible by the work of valued, dedicated volunteers, and is funded by private foundations, philanthropists, partnerships with not-for-profits, other organisations and international donors.
Creators of Peace International
Route de Ferney 106
CH-1202 - Geneva