Tonight’s the night for the premiere of “Women WAR & Peace” on KSPS in Spokane. The five-hour series airs at 10 p.m. tonight and the rest of the series continues on Tuesdays throughout October and into November. Check the site for specifics dates.
As we all know, the United States “officially” bans women from combat while the reality is that they already serve on the front lines alongside men. The ban is somewhat ridiculous since while women are not officially assigned to units which are likely to see combat, they can be “attached" to them and fight alongside men.
More to the point, in the type of warfare Americans are fighting in today, there are no conventional, well-defined battlefields, instead women deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan engage in nearly all combat-related activities that men do.
But this series primarily tells the “untold stories of women’s strategic role in global conflict and peacemaking.”
The series was filmed in conflict zones in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Colombia, and Liberia.
Here’s a synopsis of the series from the KSPS page: “Among the women spotlighted are Afghan women’s rights activists who are risking their lives to make sure that women have a seat at the table in peace talks with the Taliban; the courageous Bosnian women who broke history’s great silence and testified about their rape and sexual enslavement, leading to a historic court victory; two extraordinary Colombian women who are braving death threats to remain on the gold-rich land that has sustained their community for centuries; and a group of Liberian women, led by activist Leymah Gbowee, who faced down the killers and brought peace to their country. The Liberian women’s inspiring story is told in the award-winning documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell, airing for the first time on U.S. television as part of Women, War & Peace.”
I am so happy to see this kind of programming that challenges conventional wisdom that war and peace are issues under only men’s domain
I’m certainly going to be tuning in I hope you do as well.-Judith