Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation

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WCAPS Vision

To advance the leadership and professional development of women of color in the fields of international peace, security, and conflict transformation.

Mission Statement

At WCAPS, we believe global issues demand a variety of perspectives. That’s why we’re creating a platform devoted to women of color that cultivates a strong voice and network for its members while encouraging dialogue and strategies for engaging in policy discussions on an international scale. Through our dedication to mentorships and partnerships and our passion for changing the global community landscape, we remain committed to achieving our vision of advancing the leadership and professional development of women of color in the fields of international peace, security and conflict transformation.

While the global community is faced with issues related to worldwide health security, peacekeeping, weapons of mass destruction nonproliferation, and the intersection of other areas of international security, there is no significant or sustained voice from women of color who are often the most affected and who are also community leaders in many parts of the world.

We want to change that.

Events and Activities

 

Latest Events

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On February 19, 2019 at 12pm EST, join us as Nabila Jamshead, Beatrice Maneshi and Wardah Amir share their knowledge & experience to disarming the world of chemical weapons. WCAPS Founder Bonnie Jenkins will be giving the opening remarks as well!

INFORMATION ON THE WEBINAR:
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Adrienne Gaither’s series How I Got Over will serve as the foundation for a dialogue with the artist and Ambassador Jenkins. Recounting recovery from traumatic events, reflecting their impact and visualizing what it means to become “whole” again, Gaither reclaims geometric abstraction for the purposes of healing. Though bright and colorful, the paintings have undertones of violence in an attempt to affirm the trauma and recovery process as valid and deserving of space and recognition as a survivor. Gaither attempts to normalize the conversation around trauma, recovery and the space it occupies in our human existence. The work provides a platform for a discussion of the intersections of race, gender and dignity in our society. 

Gaither is a visual artist based in Washington DC who uses color and geometric shape to redefine various ways one can communicate an idea. A mix of the conceptual and narrative, her paintings and murals use a range of influences including Abstraction and West African pattern-making, merging different times--past, present, and future in schematic visions. “Thematically, I attempt to highlight the struggle between what we believe we see, what we want to see, and what is actually there to be seen.” A graduate of the Howard University MFA program, Gaither has exhibited at The National African American Museum and Cultural Museum in Wilberforce, Ohio; and MoCADA (Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts) in Brooklyn. Her work is permanently installed in the Washington DC West End Library and she is one of the artists selected for LIFEWTR.

Ambassador Bonnie D. Jenkins is the Founder and President of "Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation" (WCAPS) an organization that is dedicated to creating a platform devoted to women of color that cultivates a strong voice and network for its members while encouraging dialogue and strategies for engaging in policy discussions on an international scale.

To register, please RSVP at bit.ly/ondignity

Articles on Peace and Security by Women of Color