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2023-24 Woman PeaceMaker Sveto Muhammad Ishoq (Afghanistan)

Meet 2023-2024 Woman PeaceMaker Fellow Sveto Muhammad Ishoq from Afghanistan. Sveto Muhammad Ishoq is an award-winning Afghan activist and entrepreneur who empowers women economically and reshapes narratives about her country. Her work amplifies Afghan women's voices on both national and international platforms, particularly during the Taliban regime.

2023-24 Woman PeaceMaker Shadi Rouhshahbaz (Iran)

Meet 2023-2024 Woman PeaceMaker Fellow Shadi Rouhshahbaz from Iran. Shadi Rouhshahbaz is an Iranian peacebuilder, futurist and researcher with a focus on youth, gender, peace and security, with valuable contributions to organizations like Alfred Deakin Institute, UN Women HQ, UNICEF, UNIC in Iran, and the United Network of Young Peacebuilders.

2023-24 Woman PeaceMaker Kay Soe (Burma)

Meet 2023-2024 Woman PeaceMaker Fellow Kay Soe from Burma. Kay Soe is a feminist and advocate specializing in Women, Peace, and Security policy. She advises women's networks in Burma and is an International Programs Executive Member of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)'s Asia Subregional Committee.

Women PeaceMakers Report Launch: Addressing Chronic Violence from a Gendered Perspective

In December 2023, the Kroc IPJ launched the report Addressing Chronic Violence from a Gendered Perspective: Fostering People-Centered Approaches at the National Level, which was created through the Women PeaceMakers program. 

The report makes the case for reconceptualizing violence in the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) and gender equality fields, building upon feminist conceptions of the continuum of violence to recognize that societal structures, systemic discrimination and even pervasive cultural norms can be sources of violence. This comprehensive view has significant implications for policy, demanding multisectoral strategies that address not just symptoms but the root causes. This report illuminates the pervasive issue of chronic violence, especially its gendered dimensions, and advocates for comprehensive approaches to understanding and addressing it.

This report was co-created by the three 2022-2023 Women PeaceMaker Fellows — Nattecia Nerene Bohardsingh from Jamaica, María Dolores Hernández Montoya from Mexico and Tania Cecilia Martínez from Honduras — and was supported by members of leading international peacebuilding organizations, who provided their own expertise and perspectives to shape this work. Watch the recording of the virtual report launch.

Women PeaceMakers Provide Enlightening Dialogue During USD Residency

The 2023-2024 Women PeaceMaker Fellows completed a two-week residency here on the University of San Diego campus. The Women PeaceMakers, who are all building peace from the diaspora, connected with Kroc School students, faculty, and staff. Sveto Muhammad Ishoq from Afghanistan, Shadi Rouhshahbaz from Iran, and Kay Soe from Burma all shared their expertise and experiences in peacebuilding throughout the residency. 

A Conversation With the Women PeaceMakers 2023

The annual Women PeaceMakers event honored three women peacebuilders from around the world: Sveto Muhammad Ishoq from Afghanistan, Shadi Rouhshahbaz from Iran, and Kay Soe from Burma. All three women peacebuilders are working to build peace in their home countries from the diaspora. Learn more about their expertise as changemakers and gendered experiences in peacebuilding by watching the event recording.

Report Launch: The Uganda NextGen Framework

The Uganda NextGen Framework: Guidelines for Intergenerational Peacebuilding provides a practical framework for creating intergenerational peacebuilding partnerships drawn from the lived experiences of women peacebuilders across Uganda and outlines key considerations when addressing generational divides and gaps in peacebuilding efforts. Watch the October 2023 virtual launch event for this report.

Kroc IPJ's Border Fellows Cap Off Year of Work Focused on Creating Sustainable Peace in Our Region

In October 2023, the Kroc IPJ hosted a special panel and reception with the 2022-2023 Border Fellows as their fellowship came to a close. At the events, the program's second cohort shared about their work building peace at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Border Fellows Panel 2023

In October 2023, the Kroc IPJ Border Fellows discussed their work building peace at the U.S.-Mexico border during a panel discussion open to the University of San Diego community.

Meet the 2022-2023 Border Fellows

The Kroc Border Fellows program brings together leaders working in academia, civil society, the public sector, and the private sector to build a more inclusive and peaceful Mexico-U.S. border region. The program engages in action oriented research and meaningful community partnerships to strengthen peace and justice on both sides of the border.

During the 12-month non-residential program, the Kroc Border Fellows contribute to a cross-border network of local scholars, practitioners, and policymakers who work to reduce vulnerabilities for women, provide opportunities for at-risk youth, protect migrants, increase access to justice, contribute to environmental resilience, and prevent violence and human rights abuses.

Distinguished Lecture Series: Angela Davis

As part of the Distinguished Lecture Series, activist, scholar, and educator Angela Davis joined the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice for a conversation about American history and prisons.

Women PeaceMakers Report Launch: Building Holistic Security

In September 2023, the Kroc IPJ launched a report on security risks that women peacebuilders face, created through the Women PeaceMakers program.

Women peacebuilders inevitably face risks and insecurity in their daily work. International partners have an important role to play in supporting their safety and protection. Understanding women peacebuilders’ roles and the types of risks they face is the first step in ensuring an adequate response. The diversity of roles that women peacebuilders play, as well as the multiple factors that impact the types of risks they might face, need to be taken into account by international partners from the very beginning of a partnership.

Building Holistic Security: Addressing Security Risks of Women Peacebuilders Through Partnerships addresses how international partners who wish to work with women peacebuilders and support them in addressing the risks and insecurity they face need to recognize the scope and nature of peacebuilding work, which is often cross-cutting, overlapping with humanitarian response and development work. Understanding the nuances and breadth of women peacebuilders’ work is crucial to identifying the risks they face and providing them with effective legal, political and financial protection — and is thereby essential to creating partnerships that mitigate and address these risks. Through case studies, the report identifies challenges and opportunities drawn directly from the lived realities of women peacebuilders and their partners, as well as from experts working in the Women, Peace and Security field.

Ten Women Peacebuilders Awarded Grants Through the Women Waging Peace Network

The Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice is excited to announce the recipients of the 2023 grants from the Women Waging Peace (WWP) network.

Women PeaceMakers Report Launch: Intergenerational Peacebuilding Among Women

In June 2023, the Kroc IPJ launched a report on intergenerational peacebuilding among women, created through the Women Peacemakers program.

Compounding crises related to inequalities and violence, health, the environment and food and water insecurity affect people across generations, and solutions to build lasting peace require the involvement and leadership of people of all generations. This report focuses on how generation and age differences affect peacebuilding work among women by analyzing how women and women’s organizations are using intergenerational strategies and partnerships to build peace.

Intergenerational Peacebuilding among Women: Leveraging the Power of Collaboration argues that women’s and women’s organizations’ intergenerational peacebuilding efforts and potential must be better recognized, supported, developed and encouraged at the national and international levels alike. Through the case studies, the report shows examples of existing efforts, opportunities and challenges, with the goal of shaping and influencing how decision-makers and funders approach intergenerational partnerships and strategies as part of peacebuilding work.

Practice Fellows Reflect on Their Year at the Kroc IPJ

2022-23 Kroc IPJ Practice Fellows Aliza Carns and Rachel Hodel share what they learned from the fellowship and how their professional goals have evolved.

Distinguished Lecture Series: Guerline M. Jozef

Hosted by USD, the International Rescue Committee's annual Refugee Film Festival brought award-winning documentary films and engaging conversation to campus. The Kroc IPJ presented a Distinguished Lecture with Guerline Jozef, co-founder and executive director of Haitian Bridge Alliance, as a capstone on the festival’s last evening, April 27, 2023. Kroc IPJ Cross-Border Initiatives Director Rebeca Cazares moderated an audience Q&A session with Guerline. 

2022-23 Woman PeaceMaker Nattecia Nerene Bohardsingh (Jamaica)

Meet 2022-23 Women PeaceMakers Fellow Nattecia Nerene Bohardsingh from Jamaica. She is a lawyer and advocate that has worked in reparatory justice, gender-based violence, and human rights at the domestic and international level. She is the founder of Children of the Maafa, a civil society initiative that works to promote respect and freedom for people of African descent in Jamaica and the Caribbean.

2022-23 Woman PeaceMaker Tania Cecilia Martínez (Honduras)

Meet 2022-23 Women PeaceMakers Fellow Tania Cecilia Martínez from Honduras. She focuses on democratic governance and the collaboration between government and civil society groups to improve citizen participation in their own governance and development contexts.

2022-23 Woman PeaceMaker María Dolores Hernández Montoya (Mexico)

Meet 2022-23 Women PeaceMakers Fellow María Dolores Hernández Montoya from Mexico. She has worked in program design and implementation with various global organizations to strengthen international and domestic cooperation efforts for urban development and safety.

Uganda NextGen: Sexual Harassment and Intergenerational Peacebuilding

Junior peacebuilder Elizabeth Kemigisha and senior peacebuilder Harriet Nabankema from Flip the Narrative speak about their work in addressing violence and sexual harassment.

As part of the Uganda NextGen initiative, the Kroc IPJ established six intergenerational partnerships in 2021 and 2022, bringing together senior and junior women peacemakers.

Uganda NextGen: Gender Based Violence and Intergenerational Peacebuilding

Junior peacebuilder Grace Nakirijja Lwanga from Charter and Empowerment for Rights Uganda (CERU) and senior peacebuilder Harriet Adong from Foundation for Integrated Rural Development (FIRD) speak about their work in addressing Gender Based Violence.

As part of the Uganda NextGen initiative, the Kroc IPJ established six intergenerational partnerships in 2021 and 2022, bringing together senior and junior women peacemakers.

Uganda NextGen: Advocating for Young Women's Rights and Intergenerational Peacebuilding

Junior peacebuilder Sarah Nakame and senior peacebuilder Immaculate Mukasa from Mentoring and Empowerment Programme for Young Women (MEMPROW) speak about their work mentoring and advocating for the rights of young women.

As part of the Uganda NextGen initiative, the Kroc IPJ established six intergenerational partnerships in 2021 and 2022, bringing together senior and junior women peacemakers.

Uganda NextGen: Domestic Violence and Intergenerational Peacebuilding

Junior peacebuilder Jalia Namusabi and senior peacebuilder Anne Mary Nantale from National Women Association for Social and Education Advancement (NWASEA) discuss their work addressing domestic violence as a community and legislative issue.

As part of the Uganda NextGen initiative, the Kroc IPJ established six intergenerational partnerships in 2021 and 2022, bringing together senior and junior women peacemakers.

Uganda NextGen: Religious Intolerance and Intergenerational Peacebuilding

Junior peacebuilder Rebecca Turyatunga and senior peacebuilder Fatuma Nakazzi from Sheema Women's Intergenerational Leaders for Interreligious Harmony discuss their interventions around religious intolerance.

As part of the Uganda NextGen initiative, the Kroc IPJ established six intergenerational partnerships in 2021 and 2022, bringing together senior and junior women peacemakers.

Uganda NextGen: Gender Discrimination and Intergenerational Peacebuilding

Junior peacebuilder Rashida Adong and senior peacebuilder Jay Abang from Women Peace Initiatives - Uganda and Health Rights Initiatives discuss how they are addressing gender stereotypes and discrimination in their community.

As part of the Uganda NextGen initiative, the Kroc IPJ established six intergenerational partnerships in 2021 and 2022, bringing together senior and junior women peacemakers.

Intergenerational Innovation in Peacebuilding Panel

​As part of the Commission on the Status of Women NGO Forum, the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice presented a panel focused on integenerational peacebuilding among women leaders, drawing from the expertise of the Institute's Women PeaceMaker Fellows and Uganda NextGen partners. The panelists provided concrete recommendations for working across generations to create more peaceful societies.

International Women's Day 2023: Practice Fellows on Women PeaceMakers Program

In Global Ed Leadership, Kroc IPJ Practice Fellows Aliza Carns and Cassie Barrett share what they learned from working with Women PeaceMakers Fellows.

Distinguished Lecture Series: The Ministry for the Future

On March 1, 2023, science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson joined the Kroc IPJ for a Distinguished Lecture on how we can generate the kind of social and political change necessary to address climate change. Robinson talked about walking the line between feelings of danger, dread, climate anxiety, and cruel optimism. He said, “There’s still some time for us to act before these major catastrophes.” Watch the event recording to learn about innovative solutions to the climate crisis.

Is the World on Fire? Podcast with Women PeaceMaker Fellows

In a two-part series, Women PeaceMaker Fellows were featured on the Kroc School’s Is the World on Fire? podcast. In Part I, Nattecia Nerene Bohardsingh, a lawyer and activist for civil rights in Jamaica, speaks about reparatory justice, advocating for marginalized communities, and working in the face of resistance. In Part IITania Martínez, a development professional from Honduras, and Dolores Hernández, a specialist in urban violence reduction from Mexico, speak about peacemaking in the Americas. 

VIP Lab Establishes Fellowship Program

On February 15, 2023, Congresswoman Sara Jacobs announced the awarding of $580,000 in federal funding to launch the Violence, Inequality and Power (VIP) Lab Fellowship program. The design of the fellowship will evidence how inequalities impact violence across a range of types of violence, both in driving violence dynamics and influencing responses to violence.

A Conversation With the Women PeaceMakers 2022

At the annual Women PeaceMakers event on Dec. 6, 2022, the fellows shared more about their expertise as changemakers and gendered experiences in peacebuilding.

Distinguished Lecture Series: Lech Wałęsa, Former President of Poland

Lech Wałęsa was the co-founder and leader of the Solidarity movement that led to the first democratic elections in Poland in 1989, the fall of communism in Poland, and helped lead to the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. Wałęsa joined the Kroc IPJ on Nov. 16th, 2022, for a lecture titled, "The Fall of Communism, Russia, and the War in Ukraine."

Distinguished Lecture Series: Why We Fight

Author Chris Blattman joined the Kroc IPJ on September 22, 2022, for a discussion about his book, Why We Fight: The Roots of War and the Paths to Peace.

 

Border Fellows 2021 Closing Event

On May 18, the Kroc IPJ Border Fellows shared their experiences individually and collectively with a captive audience of students and faculty at the Kroc School as the first cohort of the Kroc Border Fellows. The event marked the completion of the year-long  cohort program, and all in attendance were moved by their stories of hope, challenge and success. 

Launching the Violence, Inequality and Power Lab at the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice

With a focus on cultivating cutting-edge ideas that confront power and end cycles of violence, the Violence, Inequality and Power Lab at the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice will collaborate with local, national, and international partners to end cycles of violence and enhance peacebuilding.

Meet the Border Fellows 2021

This dynamic group represents the diverse efforts across our border community to reduce vulnerabilities for women, provide opportunities for at-risk youth, protect migrants, increase access to justice, contribute to environmental resilience, prevent violence, and minimize human rights abuses.

Women PeaceMakers Program 20th Anniversary

The Women PeaceMakers Fellowship hosted at the Kroc IPJs celebrated 20 years of supporting women peacemakers around the world.

Fireside Chat with jasmine Sanfoka

Hear from Kroc IPJ Activist in Residence jasmine Sankofa in this Fireside Chat event that asks critical questions about how we can all work alongside human rights activists and use storytelling for deep community relationships.

Urban Peace and Illicit Economies

Crime Beyond Borders is a podcast series that delves into the cutting-edge research found in the Journal of Illicit Economies and Development. Listen as Rachel Locke joins to discuss illicit economies, urban peace and violence prevention.

Women PeaceMakers Program Overview

Watch the documentary that first debuted at the Women PeaceMakers Event on November 5, 2019 and discover the power of the Women PeaceMakers program.

Come Remake the World With Us

Kroc IPJ Executive Director and Professor of Practice Andrew Blum speaks to the importance of practicing peacebuilding in the field along studying the theory in the classroom. He shares how Kroc School students become more effective advocates of peace and justice through the Kroc IPJ Practice Fellowship Program.

Women PeaceMakers December 2021 Event

Meet the 2021 Women PeaceMakers at our annual event.

Preventing Violence in Urban Spaces

In this episode of Geneva Peace-Cast Podcast, Rachel Locke, Director of the Violence, Inequality & Peace Lab at the Kroc IPJ, is interviewed by Jacqueline Dalton, on preventing violence in urban spaces, online spaces and coronavirus.

Kroc at a Distance: A Pandemic's Impact on Peace

At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, we saw knock-on effects for safety at the individual level, the community level, and – potentially – at the international level. Enjoy the Kroc School Webinar, "Kroc at a Distance: A Pandemic's Impact on Peace" with Director of the VIP Lab Rachel Locke which was recorded in April 2020.

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