To recognize and understand better the role of women in religious peacebuilding, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD), and Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs launched an initiative with a symposium on July 7 and 8, 2010, at Georgetown University. It focused on the ways in which women inspired by or linked to religious ideals and institutions worked for and maintained sustainable, positive peace. The symposium brought together practitioners, academics, and policymakers from several distinct fields and backgrounds. The investigation also involved a series of in-depth interviews with invited participants and other leaders in the field and drew on the experiences of several programs, such as the University of San Diego’s Women Peacemakers Program and the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, that seek explicitly to honor the peace work of women inspired by religious ideas or communities.  For interviews see

The project is now in phase 2 and a second consultation and conference is planned for January 2012.

A report on the project was published in May 2011, as part of USIP's Peaceworks series. It highlights the initiative’s main findings to date.


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Good suggestion but what is the need of religion? Is it essential...better to discard religions to bring peace...

Thank you for the posting Katherine. This is a terrific initiative. 

I am not religious, but I do strongly believe that if any religion is practiced in a manner that promotes peace in a given society, it is worth supporting. 





That is very interest Project. keep up and God is with you.




I am honored to be part of this initiative -

The roles of women of faith in peacebuilding are yet to be fully understood or acknowledged. This initiative is one of the ways to put a spotlight on the often underutilized agency of  women of faith - beyond essentialist views. Congratulations Katherine and Susan.


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