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.


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WCAPS Activities

WCAPS is gathering for a New York Happy Hour on September 23rd in Koreatown from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at Turntable Bar and Karaoke. Located at 34-36 W 32nd Street in Koreatown, Turntable provides a great atmosphere for networking and meeting some of the WCAPS leadership who will be attending. We hope you will join us! You can register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wcaps-new-york-happy-hour-tickets-71881945835

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WCAPS will be supporting the Congolese Diaspora Impact Summit taking place in New York City on September 21, 2019. While the Summit has the term "Congolese Diaspora" in the title, the Summit is open and welcoming to anyone interested in making an impact in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). CDIS is excited to have Noella Coursaris Musunka, a Congolese-Cypriot international model and philanthropist, as the keynote speaker and participant on a panel highlighting her work. Noella is the founder and CEO of Malaika, a non-profit that operates in the DRC with the mission of empowering girls and their communities through education. Also speaking on the panel is Kaleba Ngoie-Kasongo, the founder and executive director of HEAR Congo, Inc., a non-profit organization based in Miami, Florida with an affiliate in the DRC, HEAR Congo, http://www.hearcongo.org/. HEAR Congo’s vision is to realize a sustainable model of local support and lasting development for the people of Congo through women and youth empowerment and leadership. WCAPS is helping support that portion of the Summit. For more information and to register for the Summit, please go here: https://congolesediasporaimpactsummit.com

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WCAPS will co-host a “Rethinking National Security” event with Johns Hopkins SAIS on September 18th at 2:00. You can register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wcaps-women-of-color-advancing-peace-security-tickets-68612466735.

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Join the WCAPS Cybersecurity and Emerging Technologies Working Group for their September 10th Happy Hour at the Summit.

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WCAPS looks forward to partnering with WAND on the En Voz Alta project.


WCAPS Young Ambassador Program Discussion (YAP)

Join the YAP Leadership conference call on August 14th at 6:30 to discuss upcoming activities and events for the program. You can register here.

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Visit to the Phillips Collection

In August 2019, members of WCAPS visited the Phillips Collection to see “The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement” exhibit. After the tour, the group engaged in an exchange with WCAPS Executive Director, Amb. Bonnie Jenkins and the Director of the Phillips Collection, Dorothy Kosinski. Please click on the photo below to see the photo gallery.




Articles on Peace and Security by Women of Color