Woman Peacemaker-Zeinab of the Sudan

Woman Peacemaker-Zeinab of the Sudan Oil on Canvas 36x24" 
I met a courageous woman from the Sudan at the Joan B. Kroc Institute For Peace And Justice who's "Ruya" or "Vision" was to create a sharing environment for women to come together and problem solve issues being fought over in their neighboring war torn villages.

Zeinab Blandia's story "A View Through The Mountains" was so moving to me I painted her portrait as an acknowledgement of how the conscious leadership efforts of one person can make a qualitative difference in the local lives of many people.

The new book "35 Women Building Peace: A Tibute to the Women's Peacemaker Program" includes Stephanie Goldman's portrait painting of Zeinab Mohammed Blandia, named Woman Peacemaker of the Year in 2009.

Zeinab is a peacemaker and community leader from the Nuba Mountains in Sudan. She has dedicated her life's work to promoting the empowerment of women and their involvement in peace processes in South Kordofan, one of the worlds most conflict-affected and neglected areas. To read more about the current conflict in Sudan and her work there go here.

The Women Peacemaker's Program was created in 2003 by the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego to document how women overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges to build peace.