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Women, War and Peace
June 19, 2009

PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL tells the story of a peace initiative organized and carried out by women. It is part of long tradition of peace movements spearheaded by women — explore a few in the photo essay below.

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Published June 19, 2009.

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The Web site offers more about the film and filmmakers and where find a screening. The site also contains information for groups who want to host local screenings and educational materials.

References and Reading:
"Lysistrata"
Read the complete text online.

Heroines of Peace
Detailed information on women who have won the Nobel Prize for Peace. The Nobel Prize site also includes a recent interview with Irish winner Mairead Corrigan Maguire.

Memories of Bertha von Sutter
You can peruse this 1910 publication online. Especially interesting are the excerpts from her diaries during her time as an anti-armaments activist.

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
History and current actions from the longest-lived women's peace group.

Swarthmore College Peace History Collections
The collection holds extensive information from peace movements including the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and Women Strike for Peace.

The Peace People
The Peace People began in 1976 as a protest movement against the on-going violence in Northern Ireland. Its three founders were: Mairead Corrigan, Betty Williams and Ciaran McKeown. More than 100,000 people were involved in the initial movement and two of the founders, Mairead and Betty, received the Nobel Peace Prize for that year. The group continues to work to heal divisions and to create debate in Northern Ireland and around the globe.

"Argentine mothers' march for justice," Daniel Schweimler, BBC news, May 24, 2007.
Report on the 30-year protest by the Mothers of the Plaza.

Your Greenham
Elaborate interactive history of the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp. The site holds hundreds of photos, news reports, oral histories and maps.

"Women, War, Peace: The Independent Experts' Assessment on the Impact of Armed Conflict on Women and Women's Role in Peace-Building"
Report from UNIFEM, The United Nations Development Fund for Women, co-authored by Elisabeth Rehn and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

This Week in Peace History
A an illustrated timeline of international peace history.

Women's peace movements bibliography and Web sites from About.com.

Also This Week:

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The JOURNAL profiles Leymah Gbowee, a woman who led her fellow countrywomen to fight for and win peace in war-torn Liberia, and Abigail Disney, who produced the documentary of their struggle and triumph in the award-winning film PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL.

LIBERIA'S HISTORY
From the arrival of freed U.S. slaves through civil war and beyond.

PHOTO ESSAY: WOMEN, WAR AND PEACE
View a photo essay of women's peace movements around the globe.

WOMEN AND WORLD POWER
Where do women stand in terms of political power? And, find out more about Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

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