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Event Video: Women in Constitution-Making

Posted by on April 12, 2018
Event Video: Women in Constitution-Making

Women’s participation in drafting constitutions leads to more equitable legal frameworks and socially inclusive reforms, laying the groundwork for sustainable peace. Yet new research from Inclusive Security reveals that while 75 conflict-affected countries oversaw significant reform processes between 1995-2015, only one in five constitutional drafters in these environments have been women. As actors from Syria, […]

Samantha Power and Swanee Hunt at the Harvard Carr Center

Posted by on March 19, 2018
Samantha Power and Swanee Hunt at the Harvard Carr Center

US Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power; Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer of Pubic Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, Ambassador Swanee Hunt; and Chantal Kayitesi, genocide survivor and co-founder of AVEGA AGAHOZO Rwandan widows’ advocacy organization; come together to discuss Ambassdador Hunt’s new book, Rwandan Women Rising.

Women Rising, Here and Abroad: Harvard Lowell Lecture 2018

Posted by on March 19, 2018
Women Rising, Here and Abroad: Harvard Lowell Lecture 2018

For the annual Lowell Lecture on March 7, 2018, Ambassador Swanee Hunt shared the story of how Rwandan women came together to help rescue their country after the 1994 genocide. Survivor and women’s organization leader Chantal Kayitesi joined Ambassador Hunt in discussing Rwanda’s lessons for other nations, including the United States.

Event Video: Rwandan Women Rising at the Library of Congress

Posted by on December 12, 2017
Event Video: Rwandan Women Rising at the Library of Congress

Our Founder and Chair, Ambassador Swanee Hunt, and Rwandan Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana discussed Hunt’s book Rwandan Women Rising, the story of how the women of the tiny African nation led that country’s rebirth after the horrific 1994 genocide that left nearly a million dead. Click here to watch the video

Leymah Gbowee: How do you justify leaving 50% of the world’s population out of crucial issues and expect to make gains?

Posted by on August 28, 2017
Leymah Gbowee: How do you justify leaving 50% of the world’s population out of crucial issues and expect to make gains?

Leymah Gbowee, a 2011 Nobel Peace Prize recipient who led a peace movement that brought an end to the second Liberian civil war in 2003, delivered the keynote address at the 5th annual Women, Peace and Security Conference at the U.S. Naval War College earlier this month. Here’s a clip of her incredible speech.

VIDEO: The Moment That Changed Her Life

Posted by on March 21, 2017
VIDEO: The Moment That Changed Her Life

Stella Sabiiti was a university student in 1976—newly married, with a baby on the way—when soldiers of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin kidnapped her from her dorm room. They tortured her for hours, accusing her of crimes she had not committed. She thought she was going to die. But instead, she looked the soldiers in the […]

VIDEO: In Kenya, Only Women Saw the Fire Coming

Posted by on March 2, 2017
VIDEO: In Kenya, Only Women Saw the Fire Coming

Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan grew up in volatile northern Kenya, the daughter of parents from two warring tribes. In 2005, sixty people, including dozens of children, were massacred in her hometown of Marsabit. In this video, she relates how government leaders ignored women’s warnings about impending violence.

VIDEO: How Women Transformed the Peace Talks in Northern Ireland

VIDEO: How Women Transformed the Peace Talks in Northern Ireland

During the Northern Ireland peace process, Monica McWilliams Williams co-founded the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition and was elected as a delegate to the Multi-Party Peace Negotiations. In this video, she reflects on how women transformed the peace talks by reaching out to marginalized groups and raising issues critical for long-term reconciliation.

VIDEO: Muslim and Christian Women Band Together to End Killings in Nigeria

Posted by on March 2, 2017
VIDEO: Muslim and Christian Women Band Together to End Killings in Nigeria

In response to a massacre of more than 500 women and children three miles from her home in central Nigeria, Pastor Esther Ibanga organized a march of Christian women for peace. The killing continued. So she reached out to a female Muslim leader, knowing that joint activity would be more powerful. In this video, she […]

VIDEO: When Her Son Went Missing in Action, She Reached Out to the Enemy

Posted by on March 2, 2017
VIDEO: When Her Son Went Missing in Action, She Reached Out to the Enemy

After her second son—a Sri Lankan military officer—went missing in action, Visaka Dharmadasa founded the Association of War Affected Women and Parents of Servicemen Missing in Action. As she puts it: “The war was at my doorstep.” In this video, she tells the story of how she and other women went to rebel territory for […]

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