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Peace Conference 2018, Washington, DC Oct 24-26

During Peace Con 2018, Grace Initiative will host a workshop on October 26, at 10:45


 “Circles of Trust”©

Healing, Empowering and Transforming Lives of Rural Women For Sustainable Peace

 Workshop on October 26, 2018 10:45 am. at FHI 360 Washington DC  


The framework for the proposed project stems from the 2030 Agenda for Development, especially SDGs: 2 (ending hunger); 3 (good health and well-being); 5 (gender equality); 12 (responsible consumption); 15 (life on land); and, 16 (peaceful and inclusive societies).[1]  Further, it takes into consideration UN Security Council and General Assembly resolutions, respectively S/RES/2282 and A/RES/70/262, which call inter alia for sustaining peace by “preventing the outbreak, escalation, continuation and recurrence of conflict.”[2]  This also calls for addressing “all kinds of discrimination against women and girls.” 


“Circles of Trust” calls for sustaining peace though an integration of holistic peacebuilding and economic empowerment at the grass roots community level, focusing on transformational mechanisms for healing physically and psycho-socially; for sustenance; nutrition; and income generation, especially for women.  The approach is based on restorative goals for healing combined with organic agricultural cultivation, community supported agriculture and economic empowerment leading to transformation of lives and communities, leading to the realization of the 2030 Agenda Development Goals.

This proposal especially focuses on healing, empowering and transforming lives[3]of rural women, including internally displaced and migrants. Rural women in post conflict environment often endure victimization from: conflict; forced displacement[4]; domestic violence; lack of nutrition and employment.[5]We envisage this transformation via: “circles of trust,” evolving through engagement, training in crop cultivation, land and soil management, community supported agriculture and market distribution. Some of the crops considered are those not requiring extensive land and yet can produce crops for nutrition and income, with some having regenerative healing capacities such as verified medicinal plant cultivation[6]- the oldest form of health care.[7]  This is important in rural areas lacking health care. 

Our strategy

This proposal calls for pilot project to integrate holistic goals for transformation of causes of the conflict especially in rural areas and the impact on women and girls.  To this end, our pilot project calls for integrating the goals of restorative justice of community healing, of governance through peaceful discourse, and rural sustainable development through community supported agriculture and value added crops, for nutrition, sustenance and income generation.  This project’s goals include transformation of causes of conflict, promotion of peace and the prevention of conflict through healing, empowering and transforming lives[1]of rural women, including internally displaced. Rural women endure victimization from: conflict; forced displacement[2]; domestic violence; lack of nutrition and employment.[3]We envisage this transformation via: “circles of trust,” evolving through engagement, training and crop cultivation, including verified medicinal plants,[4]the oldest form of health care.[5]The program is about restorative strategies integrated[6]with rural agricultural development. In countries, which face crime and victimization due to illicit, crops, our strategy offers an alternative especially for small farmers.






[6]The Social Protection Department has approved the use of medicinal plants as an alternative medicine and lists in the Colombian Vademecum of Medicinal Plants, the species that have been approved for a specific use and their verified pharmacological activity, “Folk medicine in the northern Coast of Colombia: an overview”, Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethno-medicine. 7. 27. 10.1186/1746-4269-7-27.