About the Series

Women, War & Peace premiered on your local PBS station Tuesday nights from Oct. 11 to Nov. 8, 2011.

Women, War & Peace is a bold new five-part PBS television series challenging the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men’s domain. The vast majority of today’s conflicts are not fought by nation states and their armies, but rather by informal entities: gangs and warlords using small arms and improvised weapons. The series reveals how the post-Cold War proliferation of small arms has changed the landscape of war, with women becoming primary targets and suffering unprecedented casualties. Yet they are simultaneously emerging as necessary partners in brokering lasting peace and as leaders in forging new international laws governing conflict. With depth and complexity, Women, War & Peace spotlights the stories of women in conflict zones from Bosnia to Afghanistan and Colombia to Liberia, placing women at the center of an urgent dialogue about conflict and security, and reframing our understanding of modern warfare.

Featuring narrators Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton, Geena Davis and Alfre Woodard, Women, War & Peace is the most comprehensive global media initiative ever mounted on the roles of women in war and peace. The series will present its groundbreaking message across the globe by utilizing all forms of media, including U.S. and international primetime television, radio, print, web, and worldwide community screenings, and will be accompanied by an educational and outreach initiative designed to advance international accountability in regard to women and security. Women, War & Peace is a co-production of THIRTEEN and Fork Films.

The five episodes in the series:

I Came to Testify is the moving story of how a group of 16 women who had been imprisoned and raped by Serb-led forces in the Bosnian town of Foca broke history’s great silence – and stepped forward to take the witness stand in an international court of law. Their remarkable courage resulted in a triumphant verdict that led to new international laws about sexual violence in war.

Pray the Devil Back to Hell is the astonishing story of the Liberian women who took on the warlords and regime of dictator Charles Taylor in the midst of a brutal civil war, and won a once unimaginable peace for their shattered country in 2003.

When the U.S. troop surge was announced in late 2009, women in Afghanistan knew that the ground was being laid for peace talks with the Taliban. Peace Unveiled follows three women in Afghanistan who are risking their lives to make sure that women’s rights don’t get traded away in the deal.

The War We Are Living travels to Cauca, a mountainous region in Colombia’s Pacific southwest, where two extraordinary Afro-Colombian women are braving a violent struggle over their gold-rich lands. They are standing up for a generation of Colombians who have been terrorized and forcibly displaced as a deliberate strategy of war.

War Redefined, the capstone of Women, War & Peace, challenges the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men’s domain through incisive interviews with leading thinkers, Secretaries of State and seasoned survivors of war and peace-making. Interviewees include Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee; Bosnian war crimes investigator Fadila Memisevic; and globalization expert Moisés Naím.


  1. Chon Lintakoon says:

    Is there anyway that I can get a copy of this series for educational purpose. I need to share with students in China, so is there any links that I can use for them to watch in China?


    Prof. Chon Lintakoon

  2. Debbie Goolsby says:

    I am hoping to host a screening in my home. Can you tell me how long each episode lasts?
    And, could you send me a packet of the discussion materials?

    • Rosie duPont says:

      Hi Debbie,

      We are thrilled to hear you are going to host a screening! To receive a copy of the discussion guide, go to the “Screening” page on this website, fill out the Viewing Party Guide form, and we will email you a copy. Each episode is approximately 50 minutes long, so you will have time for a great conversation afterwards!

      I hope that helps. Please let me know if you have any further questions!


      University Outreach Coordinator for Women, War & Peace

  3. Lynn Estomin says:

    I am really looking forward to this series. I just finished a short (six minute) video based on the experiences and writing of four young women veterans. Out of Step is a high definition digital video featuring dance interpretations, original music and audio recordings of four female veterans reading their own creative writing about their experience in the military and returning home. Each woman’s writing and voice are interpreted in dance and the dance chorus evokes their changing views and breaking away from the conformity and regiment of military life. The writing and voices of these young veterans offers a glimpse into their emotional journey from idealistic military recruits, to coping with PTSD, to healing and working for peace in a chaotic world. You can find more information and a trailer at:

  4. Rosie duPont says:

    Hi Lynn,

    Thank you for the link. This looks like a tremendous project. I hope others will take the time to watch the trailer, and engage with you to organize screenings or display the piece as an installation. Beautiful work.

    All my Best,

    University Outreach Coordinator for Women, War & Peace

  5. WifeDuringWartime says:

    The effects of war on women are always assumed to only exist in the third world or in the arab street. War affects women here everyday, and not just female soldiers. Spouses, most of them female, are dealing with the aftereffects of their spouses doing 2, 3, 4, 5+ deployments over the past ten years. Check the spousal/child abuse rates and homicide rates on/near military posts – they’re shocking. Military wives deal with mental health issues in their children caused by these deployments and the issues that their spouses come home with which largely go untreated. A feature on marginalized communities affected by war that doesn’t include military wives isn’t very thorough.

  6. Heron Russell says:

    I’m very excited about this series — I’d like to host a screening at my school! Unfortunately, it airs very late at night here, so I’m wondering if and when it will be available for streaming online?

    Thank you!

  7. Betty Palme says:

    Has anyone at PBS realized having the only ad on the Women War and Peace websites be for Weight Watchers is a trivialization of the serious issues presented and an insult to women???? I’m stunned. Society’s focus on women’s weight and body appearance is a tactic to distract us from and sap our energy to deal with real problems. I want to know who I need to contact to get the ad removed.

  8. Betty Palme says:

    In addition to the problem with the Weight Watchers ad itself, choosing a “women’s” ad for the Women War and Peace website indicates that PBS sees the program as a “women’s” program — like the old “women’s” pages in newspapers. This is the trivialization and insult. I want to make PBS aware of the message they are sending and get the ad removed.

  9. Ashley Thompson says:

    Hi, I may not have a television available to me tonight or any of the nights this series is airing. Will the episodes be posted online after they are aired on television so that I can watch them or is there a way that I can watch PBS live online tonight and the other nights? Please let me know. I really want to watch this.

    • dearamerican says:

      I would love to know the answer to this question also–I have no television but so much interest in this topic! Please let me know how I can watch.

  10. Lauren Feeney says:

    Hi Ashley, hi dearamerican — the full episodes will be available on our website right after broadcast. Thanks for your interest! -Lauren Feeney, ed.

  11. Jessica says:

    I just watched the first episode and couldn’t turn away. I plan on watching all of the episodes not just with my daughter but my sons as well. All men have mothers and it’s our responsibility to teach them that rape is wrong and has no place in our world. Thanks so much for this terrific program.

  12. V Rames says:

    This series is excellent! Thank you so much PBS for developing this series. I have no words to express my gratitude for your coverage of this important issue.

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  14. Nancy says:

    I just got the DVD in the mail, only to find that it includes only 4 of the 5 episodes! I thought I would et the full program.

  15. Mary l says:

    can permission be obtained to show the DVD at a church. It would be part of a social justice event.
    Regards, mary

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  19. Laila says:

    These videos are not available in my location (Ghana). How can I get a copy? Thanks

    Laila Lipede,
    Women, Peace and Security Institute
    Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre
    Accra, Ghana

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