Florence Swamy

Following a career in the government sector Florence’s journey includes a professional in search of safe and inclusive work environment where she could contribute and find purpose. Joining the Pacific Centre for Peacebuilding (PCP) became her turning point, allowing her to study and gain skills that would pave the way for her impactful journey.

PCP’s journey was not without its trials. Florence’s initial challenges in establishing connections within the women’s space were overcome with the support of mentors like Sharon Bhagwan-Rolls. The organization focused their efforts on four pillars: community peacebuilding, women’s peacebuilding leadership, restorative justice, and addressing climate change and conflict.

Florence recognizes the need to amplify the leadership of women in rural and urban areas who often go unnoticed due to structural barriers. Empowering women economically is a core strategy to enable them to participate in decision-making, both at home and in their communities.

PCP’s engagement extends to restorative justice programs involving the police, corrections, and military. Collaborations aim to improve community engagement practices and reduce violence. Through partnerships with women’s networks, they enhance reporting mechanisms for vulnerable women, creating safer avenues for reporting crimes. Their approach acknowledges the importance of indigenous knowledge, culture, interethnic and intergenerational conversations in building peace.

Florence’s story is one of transformation and collaborative action. Through her work at PCC, she has illuminated the path towards women’s empowerment, restorative justice, and community peacebuilding. Her journey serves as a testament to the power of resilience and the enduring impact of purpose-driven change.

Florence is also a member of Women Mediators across the Commonwealth (WMC).