‘Women, War and Peace’ Challenges Notions of Conflict

BY Saskia de Melker  October 11, 2011 at 5:50 PM EST



A new series from WNET challenges the notion that war and peace are domains dominated by men. In each of the five hour-long episodes, ‘Women, War, and Peace’ highlights a different area of the world where women are central to the conflict, including Bosnia, Afghanistan, Colombia and Liberia.

(Watch an excerpt from the series from Tuesday’s NewsHour.)

In conflicts where informal actors, such as warlords and gangs, play a major role and have easy access to weapons, women have become primary targets of violence — including widespread rape.

However, the issue is not just about considering women as victims of war, says Executive Producer Pamela Hogan, but also their role in bringing an end to conflict. The series spotlights women who are crucial partners in creating lasting peace, including recent Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee, who led Liberian women in challenging Charles Taylor in the midst of a brutal civil war.

Hari Sreenivasan talked with Hogan about redefining war to include the role of women.

The first of five episodes of ‘Women, War, and Peace’ premieres Tuesday night on PBS. (Check your local listings.)

Watch an extended trailer of the series:

Watch the full episode. See more Women War and Peace.