Women of Faith

Women have been involved in Religions for Peace (WCRP) since its earliest beginnings at the first World Conference held in Kyoto Japan in 1970. In 2001, Religions for Peace launched the first ever “Global Women of Faith Network”. This growing network consists of regional networks in 5 continents of the world, with national networks in 30 countries. Working together to coordinate strategies, pool resources, and capabilities for cooperative action, Women of Faith Network brings together over 1,000 religious women organizations from different religious traditions and cultural backgrounds.

The Global Women of Faith Network has a strong history of advocacy action working towards convening and training women religious leaders, building capacity for women to assume increasing visible leadership roles, and promoting the rights and empowerment of women. Women of Faith have played a key role in transforming conflict, promoting peace, and advancing sustainable development. Including, promoting the rights and well-being of children and families, advancing poverty alleviation strategies as they relate to building peace, and advancing human development.

Today, The Global Women of Faith Network continues to convene and train women religious leaders and representatives at local, national, regional, and global levels. True to its mission, Women of Faith are working to stop war and prevent conflicts in world’s most troubled places through supporting religious communities to advance peace by convening high level delegations. In Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Sudan and Somalia, Women of Faith, have organized three rapid response solidarity visits to raise awareness, advocate for the Convention on Cluster Munitions and the ban on land mines and cluster bombs.

Read more about the Global Women of Faith Network.