IAFLP Session's Theme

International Association of First Ladies for Peace

The International Association of First Ladies for Peace (IAFLP) is a project of UPF’s International Summit Council for Peace (ISCP). IAFLP affirms and uplifts the unique and essential role of First Ladies in contributing to peace and development. IAFLP, in collaboration with the Women’s Federation for World Peace, brings together together current and former First Ladies from throughout the world, drawing upon their experience and wisdom as women leaders and as role models who serve their countries and their societies in very essential and significant ways.

Panelists - IAFLP Session

H.E. Anneli Jäätteenmäki

Prime Minister (2003), Finland

Mrs. Carolyn Handschin-Moser

Vice President, Women’ Federation for World Peace International (Europe and Middle East)

Dr. Julia Moon

President, Women’s Federation for World Peace International


Former First Lady, Minister of Social Affairs (1992-2004), Lebanon

Dr. Anna Grichting

Director, Border Meetings, Harvard / Switzerland

Hon. Dr. Elena Drapeko

Member of the State Duma, Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation


Peacemaking has long been seen as a formal process of signing treaties, conducted almost exclusively by men. Even the 75 year- division between North and South Korea seems to hang on a political solution. Yet, through developments in peacebuilding, peace studies and a broader partnership that includes civil society, we have come to see elements like human security, reconciliation, institutional reform, women and youth engagement and environmental health as critical elements of sustainable peace.

Preparing the environment for peace through building trust from the bottom up has been known to open the way for political peace processes. What are some of the lessons learned by women leaders who have contributed to these processes? How could these advance stability, trust-building, and a lasting peace culture on the Korean Peninsula, and around the world?