‘Women, War & Peace’ Series Explores How Women Shape History

News Release Date: 
March 14, 2019

For Immediate Release

‘Women, War & Peace’ Series Explores How Women Shape History

LINCOLN, Neb. (March 14, 2019) – In a year when women are mobilizing and running for office in unprecedented numbers, the documentary series “Women, War & Peace” explores how some of the biggest international stories are shaped by women, and the changing roles of women in war and peace.

Women, War & Peace” airs at 8 and 9 p.m. CT on Monday, March 25 and Tuesday, March 26 on NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations. The series’ all-female cast of directors present four never-before-told stories about women who risked their lives for peace, changing history in the process.

The two-night, four-part series is a follow-up to the groundbreaking PBS series of the same name that premiered in 2011.

On March 25, the films look at two movements. The first is about an all-female political party in Northern Ireland, where years of violent strife compel a group of Catholic and Protestant women to demand a seat at the negotiating table for the Good Friday Agreement—a deal that stands to this day.

The second film originates in Gaza, where a non-violent women’s movement formed the heart of the Palestinian struggle for freedom. The film revolves around the tragic and remarkable story of Naila Ayesh, a student organizer and activist who joins a secret network of women in a movement that brings together the disparate organizations protesting Israeli occupation.

The March 26 films profile contemporary women activists and organizers as they chart the path forward for international peacebuilding and security. The first story follows one of the world’s few all-female peacekeeping units. As 160 Bangladeshi women embark on a United Nations peacekeeping mission to Haiti following the devastating 2011 earthquake, they confront extreme poverty and devastated healthcare systems.

The second story takes viewers to Egypt in 2011, where three Egyptian women fight for the goals of the popular movement: “bread, freedom and social justice” for all. But caught between the military and the Muslim Brotherhood, the women find themselves being pushed backwards.

Films will be available to stream the day after each premiere on pbs.org/womenwarandpeace and PBS apps.

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MEDIA CONTACT:  Kim Rogers, 402-660-5521, krogers@netNebraska.org

 

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