Women, War & Peace

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Women, War, & Peace is a five-part documentary series that follows the personal life stories and political efforts of women during war and even during the aftermath. These heart-wrenching stories bring you closer to war than you would like to be. Women, War, & Peace shows you humanity at its lowest, and sometimes shows it so well that it becomes uncomfortable. This show follows strong women and proves the point that women have the same rights as anyone else.

Women, War, & Peace is a very powerful and moving television series and will truly make you think. Although it seems like a short series, it is the perfect length for its intentions. The great thing about this show is that it does not only focus on American women, it focuses on women from all around the world, making a point that these inequalities happen in everyday life for women in every nation.

Tuesday 10:00 PM et/pt on PBS
2 Seasons, 9 Episodes
October 11, 2011
History, Military & War
Cast: Jay O. Sanders
Women, War & Peace

Women, War & Peace Full Episode Guide

  • Leaving their families behind, a Bangladeshi police unit consisting only of women embarked on a risky one-year U.N. peacekeeping mission to assist Haiti in the aftermath of an earthquake, shattering stereotypes in the process.

  • During the 1987 Palestinian uprising, which sought to secure freedom for Palestine, one woman participating in a nonviolent women's movement chose to embrace love, family and freedom when it seemed she could have only one.

  • Three Egyptian women put their lives and bodies at risk in order to fight for justice and freedom during the Arab Spring, confronting and enduring the human rights abuses that would come to define it in the years afterward.

  • Seven years after the original debut of the award-winning series, Women, War & Peace II premieres at a critical political moment where women are calling for a seat at the table. In uncovering untold histories of those who have made that possible, the series reveals their transformative power and the long road ahead for contemporary peacebuilders around the world.

  • The role women play in brokering peace. Comments from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her predecessors Condoleezza Rice and Madeleine Albright.

  • Two Afro-Colombian women fight for their gold-rich land.

  • Three Afghan women are desperate to protect their hard-earned rights.

  • "Pray the Devil Back to Hell," about how Liberian women helped bring to an end the 1999 to 2003 civil war between rebels and forces loyal to dictator Charles Taylor by taking to the streets once the fighting has reached the capital city of Monrovia. Included: how they prevented negotiators from leaving the site of stalled peace talks until a settlement was reached.; and helped elect Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to the presidency, making her Africa's first female head of state.

  • The five-hour series about the evolving roles of women in war and peace opens with "I Came to Testify," about 16 women who testified in international court about their experiences during the Bosnian war of the 1990s, when they were imprisoned and raped by Serb-led forces in the town of Foca. As a result of their courage, new international laws about sexual violence in war have been enacted. Narrator: Matt Damon.