Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice - 10th Anniversary Conference

University of San Diego
Monday, August 6, 2012 - 20:00
PeaceWomen Consolidated Themes: 
General Women, Peace and Security
Reconstruction and Peacebuilding
Initiative Type: 
Conferences & Meetings

Women PeaceMakers 10th Anniversary Conference

September 26-28, 2012

Breaking Barriers: What it will take to achieve security, justice and peace

A public conference of peacebuilders held in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the Women PeaceMakers Program at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice

Registration is now open!

Conference registration fees:
General delegate - $250.00
NGO delegate from developing and conflict country - $150.00
Student delegate - $100.00

All available scholarships have been awarded.




WHY: The ongoing work of women peacemakers and peacebuilders worldwide is a source of inspiration to many and to each other. However, within their work they still encounter significant, identifiable roadblocks that are impeding their progress to creating secure, just and peaceful societies. As women work to overcome legacies of intolerance and conflict, persistent realities of impunity, corruption, misogyny and political economies based on war and militarism loom over them.

WHO: As the public venue for the 10th anniversary of the Women PeaceMakers Program, this singular working conference will convene nearly 40 Women PeaceMakers from 34 countries with other peacebuilders and human rights defenders to strategize how to overcome both the age-old and newly systematized impediments to peace.

Conference delegates are invited from governments, legal and security sectors, international agencies and nongovernmental organizations — those who are working to confront the dominant political and social barriers to peace with justice.

HOW: Understanding that peace does not come at the end of conflict but with the rise of justice, panel presentations and breakout Working Sessions will engage delegates to formulate strategic recommendations under three primary areas:

  • Security - political/security priorities; legal rights and infrastructure protections; gender-sensitive policing; moderating extremism
  • Justice - global justice mechanisms; effective legal frameworks; combatting corruption
  • Peace - women's political leadership; economic alternatives to military interests; influencing media; access and engagement of civil society

In Training Sessions, Women PeaceMakers and other experts will work with delegates to identify resources and learn skills to break down identified barriers, facilitating:

  • Access to Justice – combatting impunity, accessing global courts, documenting human rights violations for prosecution
  • Access to U.N. Systems – accessing human rights mechanisms and U.N. Special Rapporteurs
  • Access to Representation – in governance, mediation and negotiation
  • Access to Media
  • Combatting Intolerance and Moderating Violent Extremism

OUTCOME: In addition to concrete skills relevant to their areas of work for all conference attendees, an outcome document with recommendations to expose and confront the barriers to peace with justice will be shared in multiple venues, including U.N. and national government agencies, local and international civil society organizations and media. A timeline will be set to submit recommendations on key issues at global fora occurring over the subsequent year.


  • UN Women
  • Nobel Women's Initiative
  • Women's Learning Partnership (WLP)
  • NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security
  • Women's Initiatives for Gender Justice

The summit and conference would not be possible without the generous support of our donors, including:

  • The Fred J. Hansen Foundation
  • The Foundation to Promote Open Society
  • The Raskob Foundation