Program Overview

Program Components

Women's peacebuilding leadershipThe 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 and leadership skills and knowledge designed to meet the needs of women in conflict zones
  • A graduate 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
  • Practice skills that are put to use as participants design and implement a peacebuilding intervention plan
  • A mentoring component that bridges theory and practice, helping to increase participants’ sphere of influence

This cohort-based program brings together women peacebuilding practitioners from specific geographic regions of the world to learn together over a nineteen-month period both at EMU and in their own communities. During this time, participants:

  • Learn new skills and knowledge in peacebuilding and leadership by completing coursework for a graduate certificate in peacebuilding leadership
  • Apply these skills and learnings in their home organizations and communities, receiving support and coaching from personal mentors
  • Develop increased capacity to design, implement, and influence peacebuilding processes and interventions at all levels of society
  • Lead effective change processes that transform conflicts in the organizations and communities

Outcomes of the program include:

  • Increased confidence as participants address the root causes of conflict at both local and global levels
  • Increased spheres of influence as participants network with their mentors and take on more visible peacebuilding leaderships roles
  • Increased capacity to design and lead peacebuilding interventions as participants apply what they have learned in the classroom in their own organizations and communities

Program Timeline

Year One, May-June

Year Two, January

  • 2 week-long courses, held in participants’ home region

Year Two, February-November

  • An online Praxis Seminar, designed to facilitate the connection between knowledge and practice as participants carry out their intervention plans

Year Two, May

  • 1 course, held in participants’ home region

Year Two, December

  • In-region graduation, culminating in the conferral of a certificate in peacebuilding leadership

Throughout the program

  • Structured and individualized mentoring
  • Monitoring of program goals and evaluation of program components
  • Personalized support from mentors, WPLP staff and faculty, and intentionally identified personal support networks

Courses are taught by faculty from Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP) and alumni from CJP who live and work in the region. In the period between year one and year two courses, participants complete assignments, including personal reflection papers, practitioner interviews, conflict analyses, an intervention design, and intervention implementation.

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