With Hurricane Sandy having been anticipated along the Eastern seaboard for the past few days and hitting with greatest ferocity last night, many of this week’s activities in the greater metropolitan area of DC have been cancelled or postponed. At this point, we are still planning to forge ahead with an upcoming event on “Women, War, and Peace in Colombia,” currently scheduled for Monday, November 5th at the offices of the U.S. Institute of Peace (2301 Constitution Avenue, NW) from 2-4:30 pm.
As part of the program, we will be viewing “The War we are Living,” a powerful film in Spanish (with English subtitles) about gold-mining in the southwestern Cauca region that was part of the award-winning PBS- 5-part series, “Women, War & Peace,” produced by Abigail Disney. The film series underscores that the nature of wars has changed, and analyzes how these changes have increasingly implicated women as targets and victims of war, but also as leaders for peace. If you haven’t lost power, you can click on the links above to view the Colombian segment, as well as the other segments on women in Afghanistan, Liberia, and Bosnia.
If you are in the DC area on Monday, please join us at USIP to view the film and participate in what promises to be a lively discussion of the issues Afro-Colombian and other women face today in Colombia, and their roles in peacemaking and peace-building.
Click here to visit the USIP website for more information about the event. There you can view the program agenda, sign up for the event, stay abreast of future program modifications, or view a live webcast of the panel discussion on Monday. You can even tweet in your questions and comments! Hope to see you there.