For International Day of Peace 2017, we want to honour the leadership women are taking to create peace in Kenya. Over the last 10 years, Creators of Peace has reached out to over 2,000 women in 17 counties. To further equip new trainers and facilitators of Creators of Peace Circles, 200 women will come together this autumn in Nakuru. Your support will enable them to empower more community mobilizers, offer alternatives for young people caught in violence and foster peace across the country.
Community tensions in Kenya harm everyone in the community, causing insecurity and often violence. Women as primary caregivers nurture relationships, maintain families and interact with neighbours. They have a key role as peacemakers in local areas, helping to ventilate tensions, host dialogues and broker the apologies needed to re-establish confidence and peaceful relations. But first, they need a space to heal before they are ready to help, as well as skills and confidence to become leaders.
Creators of Peace Circles empower women to be peacebuilders by first creating peace within themselves, then their families, through sharing their concerns, developing listening skills and exploring steps to forgiveness. By understanding their innate strengths, they are able to tell their stories and take leadership in all areas of society. Your donations will deepen their skills and commitment to provide a sure foundation for Creators of Peace to be at the heart of resolving community tensions.
The United Nations recognises women as important contributors in peacebuilding processes. We believe with their perseverance and zeal, grassroots women can make a mark in history of Kenya. As local women who can make decisions listened to by the entire community, they can interact with young men whose actions cause insecurity, violence and atrocities. This 10th anniversary gathering will strengthen partnerships and influence positive change, so let's honour their courage and commitment today.