Films / Politics / TV / Women and Gender

‘War Redefined’ Challenges War as a Male Domain & Examines How Violent Conflict Impacts Women in ‘Women, War & Peace’ Series

When we think of war, we often think of soldiers, tanks, weapons and battlefields. But most wars breach boundaries, affecting civilians, mostly women and children. Soldiers, guerillas and paramilitaries use tactics such as rape, fear, murder and pushing people off their land. We need to shift our paradigm of war and look at how it … Continue reading

Films / Politics / TV / Women and Gender

Afro-Colombian Female Leaders Defy Death Threats to Hold Onto Their Land in ‘Women, War & Peace’s ‘The War We Are Living’

Imagine you walk into your home. An eviction notice awaits you. The government demands you relocate in order to dig up your land. If you choose not to leave, you receive death threats. This is the reality many Colombian civilians face. While a notorious drug war has been waged, another war ravages the South American … Continue reading

Films / Politics / TV / Women and Gender

Afghan Women Fight to Not Have Their Rights Bargained Away in ‘Peace Unveiled’ in ‘Women, War & Peace’ Series

For the past year, revolutions swept across North Africa and the Middle East. Despite their vocal presence, the media didn’t initially display women’s involvement in the protests and negotiations. The same could be said in Afghanistan. It appeared the strides women made might be lost as women were shut out of the peace process. But … Continue reading

Films / Politics / TV / Women and Gender

‘Pray the Devil Back to Hell’ in ‘Women, War & Peace’ Portrays How the Women of Liberia, United in Peace, Changed a Nation

Men often dominate the debate of war, negotiation and even peace. Only one woman had ever won the Nobel Peace Prize in Africa. Until now. Last month, three women won the prize, including Leymah Gbowee and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (along with Tawakkul Karman in Yemen) who fought for women’s rights and helped achieve peace in … Continue reading

Domestic Violence, Rape, Sexual Assault / Films / TV / Women and Gender

In ‘Women, War & Peace’s ‘I Came to Testify’ Brave Bosnian Women Speak Out About Surviving Rape as a Weapon of War

Cross-posted at Bitch Flicks. When we discuss war and security, we don’t often explore its ramifications on women. Rape and sexual assault are common threats women face globally. But of all the artillery and tactics soldiers use, we rarely think of rape as a weapon of war. And yet too often, it is. On Tuesday … Continue reading

Films / TV / Women and Gender

Warriors & Peacemakers: Innovative PBS Documentary Series ‘Women, War and Peace’ Explores Women’s Role in Conflict

Cross-posted at Fem2pt0. As crystallized in the coverage of the North African revolutions, journalists, media pundits and the public often forget women’s participation in conflict and security. When people discuss war, they often don’t take women or gender into account. Women become the forgotten collateral. Yet they consistently play a pivotal role. Women govern and … Continue reading