“I want to make a change and I am doing this by raising my voice and sharing my message about humanity, understanding and respect.”
Jwana, 29, Palestinian
Creativity for Peace trains young Israeli and Palestinian women to partner as leaders by transforming anger and prejudice to mutual respect, facilitating an understanding of the other, and inspiring action to promote equality and peace. Based in Santa Fe, New Mexico since 2003, and operating in the USA, Palestine, and Israel, we use dialogue and art to introduce the story of the other side and begin the compassion and healing necessary for reconciliation. Programs for more than 300 young women include a three-week summer intensive, year-round gatherings, advanced leadership training, practice in compassionate dialogue and projects facilitated by young peacemakers for their peers in Israel, Palestine and the United States.
“Creativity for Peace heals hearts and helps us to be stronger, wiser, hopeful and more aware.”
Na'ama, 18, Israeli
Creativity for Peace is a 501 c (3) nonprofit. We are supported by contributions from individuals, foundations, faith communities, businesses, and other organizations. In 2015 we received a grant from the United States Agency on International Development (USAID) for a project to train young Israeli and Palestinian women in politics to be peacemakers.
- We are the only organization simultaneously working with young Palestinian and Israeli women on collaborative leadership and peacemaking.
- 286 young women have participated in our program since 2003.
- Sixty Young Leaders are actively engaged in our work as public speakers, meeting organizers, program advisors, and camp counselors. Many have continuously attended training workshops and gatherings for a decade.
- Our young women have made presentations and taught workshops in schools, universities, the army, their communities, and international conferences, including the United Nations and World Economic Forum.