Virtual Global Peace Convention 2021

Virtual Global Peace Convention (GPC)
Fri 8/6 - Sun 8/15
Moral and Innovative Leadership in Peacebuilding for Our Changing World

Women's Leadership Track
GPW Sessions
Fri 8/13 - Sat 8/14
Service-minded Women Advancing Peace in the Home and World During Unprecedented Times

Fri 8/13
‍Chairwoman of Global Peace Women, Dr. Junsook Moon, is joined by other members of the International Advisory Council to address the theme, "Service-minded women advancing peace in the home and world during unprecedented times."

Best Practice Workshop
Sat 8/14

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Start Times (UTC 1:00PM)
Seattle (PST): 6:00AM
New York (EST) & Paraguay (PYT): 9:00AM
Brazil (BRT): 10:00AM
Mali & Sierra Leone (GMT): 1:00PM
Nigeria , CameroonNetherlands: 2:00PM
Zimbabwe & Botswana (CAT): 3:00PM
Kenya, Tanzania & Uganda (EAT): 4:00PM
India (IST): 6:30PM
Nepal (NPT): 6:45PM
Philippines (PHT), Malaysia (MYT) & Mongolia (ULAT): 9:00PM
Korea (KST) & Japan (JST): 10:00PM

GPW Track Description
The world is going through a period of unprecedented challenge. The pandemic has turned traditional structures of commerce, education, and social connection upside down, while long-standing conflicts and problems persist. The women’s track of the 2021 Global Peace Convention will highlight the heroic efforts of women and families who have selflessly served their communities with profound compassion and care.This time has allowed the best of women to shine and has drawn our focus back to the family as the most basic social unit and foundation for peace and well-being.  Drawing from our collective women’s strength and lessons learned, we hope to spark transformation that brings healing, hope and a future bright with possibilities for every individual, family and the world. 

Women have been through a shared experience that has underscored the central role of service-minded women and families as the cornerstone of peace and sustainable development. The plenary will convene prominent women leaders of Global Peace Women to address how service-minded women leaders can spark transformation during these unprecedented times with courage and compassion to advance peace at home and the world. Join us as we reaffirm our commitment to each other and the dream of a world that recognizes and upholds the innate value of every individual, woman and family. 

Best Practices Showcase
Join these  dynamic and  interactive sessions that will connect service-minded women from diverse fields of peacebuilding and development. Women, young professionals, leaders in the public and private sectors, educators, journalists and civic activists will facilitate dialogue on specific issue-based fields like gender based violence prevention, girl education, gang and drug abuse prevention, livelihood development, peacebuilding, health and well-being in the family, and women engagement in local decision making.  Breakout sessions will encourage active discussion and sharing of best practices, experiences and lessons to strengthen our powerful women network and spark inspiration and innovation that can enable women to contribute to a brighter future for the world.

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GPC Stories

Advance Women's Leadership
文全淑博士 グローバル・ピース・ウィメン理事長
Advance Women's Leadership
글로벌피스우먼 총회 Keynote Dr. Junsook Moon
Advance Women's Leadership
Dr. Junsook Moon Keynote at Global Peace Women Plenary
Advance Women's Leadership
Dr. Junsook Moon, GPW Founding Address, Global Peace Convention 2011 Seoul, Korea
We all agree that women have increasingly important roles to play today in our communities and nations. In fact, many today talk about this as the age of women.

Global Peace Women Best Practices Workshop

Links to On-Demand Plenary

Plenary Speakers

Mrs. Rachel Murray
Co-Pastor, The Lighthouse Church, United States

Mrs. Rachel Murray, Country Leader of Global Peace Women USA and a member of Global Peace Women’s International Advisory Council, is co-pastor with her husband Bishop Dr. Paul Murray of The Lighthouse Church in the United States as Director of Music for more than 15 years.
Dr. Soonok Kang
International President, Global Peace Women, United States

Dr. Soonok Kang is Secretary General of Global Peace Women and Vice President of Global Peace Foundation. Additionally, she serves as a board member of a leading service organization in Korea, Service For Peace. She has also taught at Dongguk University, Korea. Dr. Kang believes service and education to be the two most valuable vehicles for development of the individual and society, which leads to her passion for supporting GPW chapters and developing women leadership programs. Dr. Kang earned her degree in Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Master of Art in International Education from Steinhardt School of Education, New York University.
Hon. Lilian Samaniego
Senator, Republic of Paraguay

Hon. Lilian Samaniego
is a National Senator of the Republic of Paraguay. She earned her Doctor degree in Biochemistry from the National University of Asunción. From 2008 - 2016, she was president of the largest political party in Paraguay, called the Colorado Party, and currently she is president of the Senate Commision on Foreign Relations.
Dr. Nona Ricafort
Former Deputy Minister of Higher Education &  Commissioner, UNESCO, Philippines

Dr. Nona Ricafort is President of Global Peace Women Philippines and a member of GPW’s  International Advisory Council. She has served as President of the ASEAN Confederation of Women’s Organizations and International Council of Women. In the Philippines, she served in key positions of the National Council of Women of the Philippines, Philippine Federation of Business and Professional Women, YWCA, Philippine Red Cross. Inner Wheel Philippines, Zonta and many others. She served for 14 years in the TESDA Board, Philippine Commission on Women, and Governor of the National Book Development Board. For 8 years, she was Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Chairman of 54 State Universities Board of Regents, a Philippine UNESCO Commissioner, and Asia Pacific UNESCO Education Director.
H.E. Dr. Hajiya Amina Namadi Sambo 
Founder, I-CARE Women & Youth Initiative, Nigeria

Dr. Hajiya Amina Mohammed Namadi Sambo is founder of I-CARE Women and Youth Initiative in Nigeria and a member of the International Advisory Council of Global Peace Women. She is a successful business woman and consummate philanthropist. She is founder of Daru Na’eem Academy – Abuja (Nigeria); patron of Diabetics Association of Nigeria; and grand patron of New Faces New Voices; a Pan African women entrepreneurial organization. Dr. Amina Sambo is the mother to six lovely children and four grandchildren.

Hajiya (Dr.) Amina Mohammed Namadi Sambo was born into a reputable family in the ancient city of Kano, Nigeria. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the prestigious Bayero University, Kano in Nigeria. 

She obtained Diploma in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Al-Manar International College, Kaduna. She attended a course on leadership in Strategic Health Communication at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. A successful business woman and consummate philanthropist, Hajiya Amina is the Founder of an NGO, I Care Women and Youth Initiative; Member of International Advisory Council, Global Peace Women; Founder of Daru Na’eem Academy – Abuja (Nigeria); Patron of Diabetics Association of Nigeria; and Grand Patron of New Faces New Voices; a Pan African Women Entrepreneurial Organization. She is a recipient of many accolades including national and international awards. Dr. Amina Sambo is a mother to six lovely children and four grandchildren.
Professor Dr. Eva Latham
President, Human Rights Teaching International, Netherlands

Professor Dr. Eva Latham is a social scientist and consultant to government and organizations. She studied in the Netherlands and obtained her PhD in Germany. She is CEO of the Institute of Contemporary Scientific Studies and President of Human Rights Teaching International. She received recognition from UNESCO for her method to teach Human Rights to different professional groups. She was Secretary General of the Dutch Council of Women. She has written articles and research papers on (migration) policy issues and two books on organizational culture, human rights and human dignity. 
Dr. Junsook Moon
Chairwoman, Global Peace Women International

Dr. Junsook Moon is Chairwoman of Global Peace Women. She is co-founder of the Global Peace Foundation with her husband Dr. Hyun Jin Preston Moon. She serves on the Executive Board of Service For Peace through which she has advanced humanitarian efforts like the North Korean Housing and Furnace Relief Project, the Multicultural Family Support Center in Seoul, and other international relief projects. She and her husband are parents to nine children. She is also a Juilliard trained pianist.

Best Practices Workshop Speakers and Guests

Dr. María Ester Giménez 
Former Minister of Education, Republic of Paraguay
Director of Global Peace Women Paraguay

Dr. Donna Schuller
International Advisory Council, Global Peace Women

Youth Peacebuilding and Leadership Education

Bambi Panta
Country Leader, Global Peace Women, Nepal
Ana Marie Mira
Country Coordinator, Global Peace Women, Philippines

Korean Reunification and Youth Activism (한국통일과 청년운동)

Risa Perea
GPWLA Graduate
Project Coordinator, Imagine Your Korean Dream, United States
Wonmoon Cho
GPWLA Graduate
Project Coordinator, Peace Creator, South Korea

Faith Leaders and Values-Based Peacebuilding

Gail Hambleton
Program Specialist, Global Peace Foundation, United States

Gang Violence and Drug Abuse Prevention and Intervention: The Unique Role of the Family and Community

Dr. Dayaba Shaibu
Clinical Director at The Oleaster Recovery & Wellbeing, Nigeria
Collette Caprara
Senior Writer, Woodson Center, United States

Uplifting and Empowering Women through Grassroots Education and Engagement of Men and Women

Zainab Nankya
Founder, Women Initiative for Prosperity Uganda
Irene Ishengoma
Country Leader, Global Peace Women, Tanzania


Nedar Nibia Pizzo
Country Leader, GPW Uruguay

Raising Peacemakers, Restoring Community: Weaving Service and Kindness into Everyday Family Life (家庭生活にサービスと優しさを)

Sarah Aadland
Director of Doing Good Together, Big-Hearted Families Program, United States