“I now see myself as a leader, not because of the position I have within my organization but because of the influence I have in speaking and thinking about different ways of doing things.”
– Patricia, Papua New Guinea
Women’s involvement and leadership at all levels of society is critical to addressing the interconnected challenges of peace, security, governance, and development. However, in many parts of the world the visibility and impact of women peacebuilders is missing. Experienced women peacebuilding practitioners from around the globe partnered with EMU to create WPLP as an answer to the worldwide underuse of women’s knowledge and skills in preventing, transforming, and healing conflict.
Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership Program
The Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership Program envisions regional networks of women leaders equipped to respond to conflict and build peace. To this end, WPLP offers contextualized peacebuilding leadership education and mentored practice designed to bolster regional cohorts of women peacebuilding leaders.
The Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership Program offers:
- Graduate-level practice-based peacebuilding education designed to meet the needs of women in conflict zones
- A graduate, undergraduate, or training certificate in peacebuilding leadership from the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University
- Cohort-based education with other women peacebuilders from the same country or region
- Two periods of residential education consisting of seven weeks in the US and two weeks in-region
- A distance learning course that connects and supplements the residential education piece
- A mentoring component that enhances application of theory and practice
The Women’s Peacebuilding Leadership Program educates women in conflict analysis, prevention, and transformation through classes that focus on practice-based methodologies. Contextualized content and real-world examples experienced in the classroom are bolstered by mentored practice in the field. Through these components participants integrate content and practice with the end goal of transforming relationships and structures in ways that address the root causes of conflict at both local and global levels.
Women’s peacebuilding leadership news
- February 10th, 2015
Leymah Gbowee, co-winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, loves small local initiatives that fight the problems of the world. So when she heard that a group of international students at a college in Virginia were raising funds for orphans of the Ebola plague in her native Liberia, she agreed to come to campus and ...More
Peace-trained alumni in Liberia and Sierra Leone tap local resilience and resourcefulness in curbing EbolaJanuary 21st, 2015
Ebola is frightening – terrifying even – but bowing to the fear that Ebola can produce invites additional unrest and cultural destruction in societies already reeling from recent civil wars. Instead, a lasting solution will emerge from tapping the resilience and resourcefulness of the people themselves. These are the messages being spread by alumni of ...More
For fight against Ebola, international students plan fundraising event with Nobel laureate Leymah GboweeJanuary 15th, 2015
After spending the summer thousands of miles from her native Liberia and watching nervously from afar as Ebola swept through her country, sophomore Winifred Gray-Johnson wanted to take action when she returned to the Eastern Mennonite University campus. She never imagined that desire, born from hours of long-distance conversation with her family members and prayer ...More
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