She Leads for Peace Summer School

This course aims to give participants 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.


SDG5: Gender equality
SDG16: Peace, justice and strong institutions
Women's Leadership Training
Women’s leadership
gender empowerment

This two-week course is held in person in Geneva and supports young women in developing their own leadership style as well as in understanding the peace and security field and their place in it. The course has three tracks: Effective Leadership: Becoming the Next Generation of Leaders for Peace; Experience Sharing: Learning from Trailblazers; Tips and Tricks for Navigating Early Career Hurdles. With a combination of personal development and experience sharing, this experiential and transformative leadership course allows young to gain a more comprehensive definition of leadership, deconstruct gendered notions of leadership, gain confidence in their abilities as a leader, and better situate their career goals in the broader peace and security field.

Target Audience

The target audience for this summer school is self-identifying women, who are looking to make the transition from further education into the workplace and are eager to start their career with the self-awareness needed to be an effective leader for peace. It is suggested that participants be in their second to last or final year of undergraduate or post graduate studies and about to transition from academic to professional life.

Learning Objectives

  • 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 in Geneva 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.