ICTJ Presents: PBS Series “Women, War & Peace” – War Redefined

10/6/2011

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In the conflicts of today, it is often more dangerous to be a woman than a soldier. Women comprise a vast majority of civilian victims, and rape and violence specifically targeting women has become a systematic weapon of warfare and ethnic cleansing. Yet women are also emerging as critical actors in negotiations to end conflict and the brokering of lasting peace.

On October 11, PBS will launch the five-part series "Women, War & Peace," focusing the dialogue about conflict and security on the roles women play both as targets of violence and key partners in the peace process. The episodes of the series profile the stories of women in Bosnia, Afghanistan, Colombia and Liberia, closing with interviews with leading thinkers, policymakers and survivors of conflict that pose a challenge to the idea that war and peace are men's domain.

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ICTJ sat down with two of the three producers of Women, War & Peace, Pamela Hogan and Gini Reticker, to discuss insights from the upcoming series, why women have become primary targets of violence, how to promote women's vital role in the peace process, and what lessons can be taken from the stories of incredible bravery and strength exhibited by the women profiled in the series.