Highlights of our Work in 2023: Women Leading Peace

Outcome 1: Women Leading Peace Together 

Building Sisterhood 

After taking a year to assess effectiveness and impact, NWI hosted a new cohort of our Sister-to-Sister young feminist leadership program. 20 young feminist peace activists from 17 countries took part. Through the intensive 8-week online program participants developed knowledge and skills on challenging inequality, conflict and oppression in their respective communities, and established a network of support and solidarity between activists.  

Here is what some of the sisters had to say about the program

Because we know women are crucial to achieving peace, Sister-to-Sister participants and alumni were included across NWI’s activities throughout the year, including participation in the Munich Security Conference, a Women’s Transformational Leadership Conference in Juba, NWI’s Rwanda delegation, as well as communications and advocacy efforts.  

Learning from Women in Rwanda  

Experience from Rwanda shows how meaningful inclusion of women leads to lasting peace. In the decades since the devastating genocide, Rwanda, which has the highest proportion of women in political leadership globally by far, has thrived economically, socially and globally.

In an effort to promote innovative women-led strategies for conflict resolution and reconstruction, laureates Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkol Karman led a delegation to Rwanda. The delegation included three young women leaders from Nigeria and Sudan (former and current participants of the Sister-to-Sister program), staff and philanthropists. The delegation connected with local organizations involved specifically with healing, supporting and empowering women who survived the genocide, experienced sexual violence, and lost family members.

Participants in the delegation were also able to take part in the  (WD2023), where Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkol Karman spoke on the main stage.

The philanthropists who took part in the delegation raised USD100,000 for local organizations visited in Rwanda.

Rwanda visit

Reflections from the delegation  

See more photos of our delegation here.