Global Peace Initiative of Women

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Global Peace Initiative of Women (GPIW) is an international network of women and men spiritual and community leaders. The group was founded on the belief that women today have a unique contribution to make in finding alternatives to violence. GPIW also places a special emphasis on building interfaith understanding and developing leadership in young community leaders worldwide.

GPIW is located in New York and was founded in 2002 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

Dena Merriam is the founder and convener. The co-chair is Joan Chittister, a dissident Roman Catholic nun.

The 2008 summit has taken place in Jaipur, India, from March 6-10. [1]


  1. ^ Making Way for the Feminine for the Benefit of the World Community - Jaipur, India, 2008

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