Global Peace Initiative of Women

Global Peace Initiative of Women (GPIW) is an international network of women and men spiritual and community leaders.

GPIW developed from the first World Summit of Women Religious and Spiritual Leaders at the Palais des Nations (United Nations) in Geneva in 2002. GPIW places a special emphasis on building interfaith understanding and developing leadership in young community leaders worldwide. It is located in New York City.

Dena Merriam is the founder and convener. The co-chair is Joan Chittister O.S.B., a Benedictine Sister and author.

The 2008 summit has taken place in Jaipur, India, from March 6-10. [1] In March GPIW convened an environmental conference in Kenya to mobilize to protect the environment and promote sustainable development..[2]


  1. Making Way for the Feminine for the Benefit of the World Community - Jaipur, India, 2008 Archived April 22, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. "Global Peace Initiative of Women Convenes Environmental Conference in Kenya", UNEP News Service, March 2, 2012

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