WOMEN, WAR & PEACE premiered on PBS in October 2011. The five-part series focuses on the changing roles of women in war and peace. The series reveals how post-Cold War proliferation of small arms has changed the landscape of war, with women becoming primary targets and suffering unprecedented casualties. Yet women are simultaneously emerging as necessary partners in brokering lasting peace and as leaders in forging new international laws governing conflict.
Local Programming & Outreach
The WHRO Center for Regional Citizenship, in partnership with the College of William & Mary Law School, Old Dominion University Women’s Studies Department, and Commonwealth Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigrant Services, supported local programming and outreach to spark dialogue and increase community engagement in efforts that support the resettling of America’s refugees and encourage women’s involvement in peace-building.
Another View: Women, War & Peace
Aired Friday, October 7, 2011
What does war and peace look like through the eyes of women? What is the role of women in global conflict? And how do women, so often victims of war, find the strength to be peace brokers? Another View executive producer and host, Barbara Hamm Lee, talks with women from the Hampton Roads area who are intimately involved with women around the world who are determined to bring peace. Joining the conversation are Abby Disney, Executive Producer of Women, War and Peace; Jennifer Fish, Ph.D, Chair of Women's Studies at ODU; Fidelite Gerson, a Burundian refugee who now lives in Hampton Roads; Susan Smith, Education Coordinator, Refugee and Immigrant Services, Commonwealth Catholic Charities; and Christie Warren, Director of the William and Mary Law School Program in Comparative Legal Studies and Post Conflict Peacebuilding. Plus Lisa Godley shares the incredible story of Rose Mapendo, a woman who gave birth to twins while in a Congolese death camp, and is now on a mission to help other women and girls in conflict.
The community was invited to participate in screenings of the series followed by panel discussion and audience Q&A. Moderated by Barbara Hamm Lee, WHRO executive producer and host of Another View, one event was held at the College of William & Mary and another on the campus of Old Dominion University.
Panelists included: Jennifer Fish, Ph.D, Chair of Women's Studies at ODU; Karen Kurilko, Regional Director, Commonwealth Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigrant Services; Christie Warren, Director of the William and Mary Law School Program in Comparative Legal Studies and Post Conflict Peacebuilding; and two female refugees who have resettled in Hampton Roads, Mithal Abd Ali, Ph.D., from Iraq and Sanda Blazonovic from Bosnia.
Women’s Studies Expands Notion of Peacebuilding [DOC]
by Dr. Jennifer N. Fish
Chair of the Department of Women’s Studies at Old Dominion University
Imagine Running for Your Life [DOC]
by Karen Kurilko
Regional Director of the Hampton Roads office of Refugee and Immigrant Services, Commonwealth Catholic Charities