Global Peace Initiative of Women
The basis of GPIW’s work is the dynamic expression of unity, emerging from the heart of wisdom of the world’s spiritual traditions, and our own hearts, into a community. This new narrative can help animate social and economic structures and systems that better reflect our natural evolution toward greater wholeness. An essential part of this shift is the coming into a sacred relationship with the earth and all the living forces of the universe. Feminine wisdom and the power of love can serve as the fulcrum for this inner and outer transformation.
GPIW emerged from the first World Summit of Women Religious and Spiritual Leaders at the Palais des Nations (United Nations) in Geneva in 2002, a summit convened in response to the lack of women in the ranks of world spiritual and religious leadership. GPIW was founded to provide faith leaders with a forum to engage in causes for social transformation and to provide women in this sector with a strategic network to support and advance their efforts. As this work has developed, we found that many men supported and sought to further this mission, and they began to join GPIW gatherings as welcomed colleagues.
Our work has centered on uncovering the common ground between faith traditions to create a joint platform for global healing and unity. We have also used feminine values – cooperation, inclusivity, connection – as a basis for mediation of social and religious tension in various areas of the world.
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