Investing in young women's power and leadership

"Investing in women's leadership is the way we are going to change a world from one of conflict and violence to one of peace and hope." -  Leymah Gbowee

We support the next generation of women peacebuilders as they make change happen. Through a variety of programs and channels we:

  • Provide tools and training to young women activists that allows them to contribute meaningfully to the global women’s movement. 
  • Amplify voices of young women peacemakers and their movements within the global women’s peace movement.
  • Link young women peacemakers and their solutions for peace to policy and decision makers.
  • Mentor young leaders through the inspiration and example of the women Nobel peace laureates.

Photo: Sister to Sister Mentorship Program 2016

Recent successes:

  • Since 2009 our Sister to Sister Mentorship program has organized a six-week residency program in Ottawa, Canada, providing media, advocacy and leadership training to activists and human rights defenders in conflict countries, allowing them to work with the Laureates and other experts, travelling across Canada and into the US, meeting with elected officials, diplomats and other decision-makers. Usually there are 4-6 members but the pandemic launched the program into the virtual space allowing us to expand participation to 15 feminist leaders in each of the Spring and Fall sessions in 2021. Find out more about the program and meet the Sisters here.

  • In 2021 we turned our When Feminists Rule the World podcast season over to the spring cohort of the Sister to Sister Mentorship program and two of their mentors to talk about Power – that we have within, together with others, and the power that is wielded over us and by us over others. 8 young feminist leaders from Sudan, Palestine, Mexico, Iraq, Liberia and the Democratic Republic speak movingly about the essential role power plays in our lives and our social justice work. Listen here /podcast_season_3 We also profiled the participants of this cohort of Sisters in our 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence campaign. Read more here

  • In 2021, Dildar Kaya of Iraq, an alumnus of the 2021 (Spring) Sister to Sister Mentorship Program, was appointed to the inaugural Board of Directors of the Nobel Women's Initiative.

  • In 2019 In May 2019 Nobel Women’s Initiative brought together emerging leaders from more than 20 countries in Monrovia, Liberia for the ground-breaking summit Claiming our space: Emerging Feminist Voices for Peace, co-hosted with Nobel peace laureate Leyman Gbowee and the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa. Young women activists made valuable connections with other feminist leaders to support their future work. We collectively shaped the conversation through intergenerational discussions about decolonizing feminist leadership, the importance of collective care, and case studies for peace. Read more here.