Timing
How Film Captures the Roles of Women in War and Peace

How Film Captures the Roles of Women in War and Peace

Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018 / Time: 9:30am - 12:00pm

Ten years ago, the film Pray the Devil Back to Hell premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, where it won the award for Best Documentary for its powerful depiction of the nonviolent women’s movement that helped bring an end to Liberia’s bloody civil war. Since its release, producers and directors have taken up the challenge to tell the stories of the often-invisible lives of women in conflict – producing stories in countries like Bosnia, Libya, Afghanistan, Colombia, Pakistan and Rwanda. These films have brought forward women’s critical voices to the stories of war and peace, and amplified the global agenda of Women, Peace and Security.

Gender; Nonviolent Action

Afghan First Lady Rula Ghani on Women as Peacemakers

Afghan First Lady Rula Ghani on Women as Peacemakers

Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 / Time: 10:00am - 11:30am

On October 25, USIP hosted Afghanistan’s first lady, Rula Ghani, for a discussion on the evolution of women’s roles in fostering peace amid one of Asia’s longest current wars.

Gender

Stuck in the 'Man Box': Young Men, Identity and Why It Matters

Stuck in the 'Man Box': Young Men, Identity and Why It Matters

Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017 / Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Provider, guardian, hero – cultural changes have been loosening these narrow roles for men, right? Maybe not as much as we think. New research on attitudes in the United States, United Kingdom, and Mexico finds most men still feeling pushed to live in the ‘Man Box,’ a rigid construct of cultural ideas about male identity. USIP and the authors, partners, and sponsors of this research hosted a discussion on March 30 to discuss what these findings mean for men, women, and the prospects for peaceful societies.

Gender; Conflict Analysis & Prevention

Women in Ukraine's "Revolution of Dignity"

Women in Ukraine's "Revolution of Dignity"

Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017 / Time: 1:00pm - 3:30pm

The U.S. Institute of Peace and the Atlantic Council on Thursday, March 23 held a screening of “Women of Maidan,” a documentary that tells the stories of key players who became crucial to the movement. The film was accompanied by discussions with the film’s producer and director, Olha Onyshko, and four former U.S. ambassadors.

Gender; Nonviolent Action

When Women in War Aren’t Victims: A Security Blindspot

When Women in War Aren’t Victims: A Security Blindspot

Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2017 / Time: 10:00am - 11:30am

The prototype of a woman in a war zone is still dominated by the image of a passive victims or, more recently at least, that of an activist working for peace and equal rights. Rarely do researchers and assistance efforts consider the unique role and impact of women agents of violence—combatants, spies, supporters. On March 1, the U.S. Institute of Peace held an event looking at examples from World War II, the Soviet-Afghan War and jihadi organizations to examine this blind spot in our analysis of war—and how it hampers our responses.

Gender; Violent Extremism; Justice, Security & Rule of Law