The Women, War & Peace Conference took place September 20-21, 2013. Check back as we integrate resources from the conference into our website.

EXPLORE the Women, War and Peace Conference:

Over the course of two days, the Women, War and Peace Conference focused on women’s roles in war and peacebuilding in West and North Africa. Academic and professional community members explored how these issues can be transformed into opportunities for social and economic wellness.

The conference grew out of a partnership between Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), the Richmond Peace Education Center (RPEC), Virginia Friends of Mali (VFOM), and the Richmond Sister Cities Commission (RSCC), all of which are working hand in hand to highlight Virginia’s links to West Africa, and nurture collaboration between schools, universities, organizations, and community groups working in the field of human development.

The conference comprised three main components:

Films on Women, War & Peace

The conference theme was inspired by the 2011 PBS series of films on Women, War and Peace, in particular Pray the Devil Back to Hell, the story of Nobel Prize winner Leymah Gbowee (founder of the Gbowee Peace Foundation) who helped lead a women’s peace movement during Liberia’s devastating civil war.  In addition to screening this film at the conference, esteemed film producer Abigail Disney provided insight into the making of the movie, and discussed her views on peace journalism and women's issues..

Seven films total were screened, highlighting distinct global perspectives on different aspects of women in war and peace in West Africa. Films panels facilitated further discussions of these themes.

Research on Africa, with a focus on Mali 

This conference was the fifth in a series of African Conflict and Peacebuilding Conferences associated with the West African Research Association. Numerous discussion panels with internationally recognized scholars discussed topics organized around health, gender, the role of women in conflict, non-profits roles in peacbuilding, and Malian politics. Panelists included academics and professionals in various sub-fields related to human development.

Academic, Professional, and Community Engagement

With a strong ambition to spread knowledge about peacebuilding in West Africa, conference workshops, information tables, poster sessions, and cultural events encouraged attendees to become directly involved in peace efforts. Through these events, students, alumni, scholars, employers, and practitioners networked, exchanged ideas, and communicated opportunities to become directly involved in peacebuilding activites with various academic, non-profit, and community organizations and programs, at local, national, or global levels . 

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