She Leads for Peace Summer School Geneva: Exploring the Sustaining Peace Ecosystem
Are you looking to situate your passions and career goals in the sustaining peace ecosystem? Do you want an inside look into International Geneva and to expand your personal and professional network this summer? If so, the She Leads for Peace Summer School Geneva is designed for you! Spend two weeks exploring and developing your leadership style all the while gaining insights on to the many pathways for entering the broader peace and security field.
The She Leads for Peace Summer School is rooted in the understanding that gender shapes young people’s opportunities, actions, and pathways. The programme aims to support young women in understanding the peace and security field and their place in it in order to bring forth the next generation of globally oriented and locally committed women leaders. Participants will gain an unrivalled set of experiences, knowledge, and skills to take up leadership roles and/or increase their leadership potential by stepping into their power and defining what authentic leadership looks like within their respective contexts.
The Summer School will be a space in which young women can share their experiences with fellow participants and guest speakers in order to create a community of belonging that will extend beyond the course. Leveraging peer-to-peer learning and intergenerational dialogue, the programme will encourage knowledge sharing on best practices in peacebuilding, personal development, career development, wellbeing, and resilience. The creation of a personal and professional network will provide participants with an invaluable resource that they can tap into for support in realising their goals and potential as leaders and peacebuilders.
Through the overall objectives of the summer school, participants will be able to:
- Analyse what it means to be a young woman leader for peace;
- Define their own leadership style and situate their passions in the broader peace and security field;
- Develop a personal action plan towards advancing individual leadership objectives;
- Demonstrate a unique insight into the sustaining peace ecosystem and what it takes to achieve a career in this field;
- Build relationships with other participants and guest speakers, which will provide a network of support beyond the summer school.
The She Leads for Peace Summer School Geneva will consist of two weeks of full-day experiential sessions focused on what it means to lead effectively for peace as young women as well as gaining familiarity with International Geneva and the sustaining peace ecosystem.
Track 1: Effective Leadership: Becoming the Next Generation of Leaders for Peace
Track 2: Experience Sharing: Learning from Trailblazers
Track 3: Tips, Tricks and Navigating Early Career Hurdles
Focused on inner development, the She Leads for Peace Summer School Geneva will be a personal leadership journey for each participant helping them to recognise themselves as leaders in their own right. It will be an opportunity for self realisation and self actualisation so that participants are better placed to take steps towards making their desired outward contributions.
Through experiential learning, participants will engage in practical based exercises that support their professional and personal growth. UNITAR will employ various pedagogies to enhance learning and behavioural change, with the aim to challenge participants in a safe environment where they can share lessons learned and strengthen their networks and understanding of the world. Through peer-to-peer learning, mentoring, and activities participants will gain practical skills as well as have the opportunity to reflect on and develop their own leadership style.
The She Leads for Peace Summer School Geneva is designed for young self-identifying women, who are looking to make the transition from education into the workplace and are eager to start their career with the self-awareness that is needed to be an effective leader for peace. As such, it is suggested that participants be in their second to last or final year of undergraduate or post graduate studies.
UNITAR encourages applications from underrepresented and indigenous groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.
UNITAR will be responsible for the overall design, coordination and implementation of the She Leads for Peace Summer School. It will liaise with participants on a regular basis prior to the activity's implementation in order to ensure a smooth and flawless organisation for everyone involved..
The participants are responsible for purchasing their own travel tickets to and from Geneva, booking accommodation, as well as applying for a visa to Switzerland (if required).
She Leads for Peace Summer School Geneva FAQs
- What is included in the cost of the programme?
- A world-class summer school programme led by experts from the world of peace and multilateralism, tailored to the specific needs and interests of the target audience
- Presentations from practitioners and thought leaders in the field of peace and security;
- Visit to selected international organizations in the wider field of peace and security in international Geneva;
- A personal leadership journal and tailored learning resources;
- Opportunities for intergenerational exchange with women trailblazers;
- Access to an international professional network of strong women working towards the common goal of greater women’s leadership;
- Guidance and advice from professionals on how to navigate starting a career in the wider peace and security field;
- Coffee breaks;
- A UN certification.
While the tracks of the She Leads for Peace Summer School will overlap and build on one another, the approximate breakdown is as follows:
Track one: Effective Leadership: Becoming the Next Generation of Leaders for Peace – 50%
The effective leadership component of the She Leads for Peace programme, connects elements of inner development with outer contributions, in both personal as well as professional capacities of participants. This track will be a personal leadership journey for each participant supporting them in their growth as leaders, while being accompanied by their peers and the course facilitators. Participants will revisit what leadership means to them, challenge ideas of gendered leadership, take stock of their strengths and weakness as leaders, and create an action plan for achieving their leadership goals. Such an inner development process will help participants to increase the self-awareness, confidence, and mindset to make concrete steps towards their desired outward contributions in their specific contexts.
Track two: Experience Sharing: Learning from Trailblazers – 30%
A key component of the summer school programme will be interactions with women leaders who have walked similar paths. This intergenerational aspect will be an opportunity for participants to learn from women with real life experience navigating a career in the peace and security field. Through experience sharing with these women in leadership positions, participants will get inspired and gain insights on to the many pathways for entering the sustaining peace ecosystem as well as the obstacles and opportunities they will come across while advancing their career.
Track Three: Tips, Tricks and Navigating Early Career Hurdles in the world of International Organizations – 20%
Through meetings with different organizations within International Geneva from the peace, security and humanitarian sectors, participants will be better placed to situate their passions in the broader peace and security field. This coupled with conversations with practitioners from the field, will allow participants to better define and focus their career goals and learn how to best apply to organizations working in the peace and security field. These sessions will help participants identify and overcome inner and outer obstacles to creating pathways into this space and empower them to pursue the career best suited to their passions and goals.
- How much professional experience should I have to apply to the programme?
The She Leads for Peace Summer School is designed for women transitioning out of academic life into professional life. Therefore, it is recommended participants have 0-3 years professional experience. If you are unsure about whether you fit the profile, do not hesitate to reach out before applying.
- Will there be an edition of the She Leads for Peace for emerging women leaders, who are more advanced in their career (5-10 years of professional experience)?
UNITAR is currently considering the running of such programming in autumn 2023. Should you be interested in participating in such an edition, please send a brief email to: sheleads4peace [at] unitar.org
- Where will I be staying during the programme?
Accommodations are not included in the cost of the course. Participants will be responsible for booking their own accommodation. Upon request, UNITAR will provide a list of suggested hotels and hostels for participants to reference.
- Are there any scholarships available?
Unfortunately, at this moment UNITAR is unable to offer any scholarships for the programme. We hope to be able to provide them in the future. Should they become available, scholarship opportunities will be published on the event page.
- If accepted, I will need a letter to support my visa application for Switzerland, will UNITAR provide one?
Yes, UNITAR will provide a visa support letter. Applicants are responsible for the visa application process. In exceptional cases UNITAR can support with the visa application process. This needs to be discussed on a case-by-case basis.
- Will I get a certificate at the end of the course?
Yes, all participants who attend at least 80% of the course will receive a United Nations certification.