Women PeaceMakers Fellowship Program 2017-2018, California, USA
The Women PeaceMakers Program at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (IPJ) offers a unique fellowship program for women building peace in their communities to participate in an active learning community. The aim of the Women PeaceMakers program is to build stronger, more effective collaborations between peacebuilders from conflict-affected communities and international peace partners. This will be a 10-month fellowship to explore successes and challenges to their work ending cycles of violence.
Each year, four Women PeaceMakers are selected and paired with four international partners to establish a community of practice that continues beyond the program itself. The Women PeaceMakers program uses reflective practice to build mutual learning and stronger collaboration between “insiders” and “outsiders” (local peacebuilders from conflict-affected communities, and peacebuilders from elsewhere who are trying to support efforts to end the conflict).
Additionally, during each PeaceMaker’s time in San Diego, she will work closely with a Peace Researcher, who will document her peacebuilding journey, and specifically, how she engages the security sector.
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. To learn more about the history of the Women PeaceMakers program
Applicants for the Women PeaceMakers fellowship must:
- Have worked for 10+ years as a peacebuilder, human rights defender, or peacemaker, leading peace efforts designing and working directly with the security sector in her country of origin;
- Be a founder or leader of an 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 the country/community of practice;
- Speak sufficient English to relate personal experiences. Written English is not necessary.
There is no cost to participate in the Women PeaceMakers Program. Selected peacemakers will receive a per diemto cover their 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.
During the 10-month fellowship, the program will focus on the question:
How can Women PeaceMakers and international partners build more effective local-global collaborations in their peacebuilding efforts to engage the security sector?
Participants will be selected based on their work with the security sector (police, military and other security forces) to advance peacebuilding, human security and women’s rights in local contexts.
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