September 2011

The T-Shirt design competition launched by the United Nations Secretary-General’s campaign UNiTE to End Violence against Women closed on 21 September. They received over 500 designs from around the world. And now, it’s time to cast your votes to pick a winner!

Public voting is open until 21 October

The entry that gets the most votes will win the Public Vote Award. Six winners, including the winner of the Public Vote Award, will be brought to New York, USA, to participate in the UN official observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 23 November 2011.

Cast your votes at this link: UNiTE to End Violence against Women T-Shirt 

Thank you for saying NO to violence against women.

“Women, War & Peace” on PBS

Women, War & Peace will premiere on your local PBS station Tuesday nights from Oct. 11 to Nov. 8, 2011. Check your local PBS station for the viewing time.

Women, War & Peace is a bold new five-part PBS television series challenging the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men’s domain. The vast majority of today’s conflicts are not fought by nation states and their armies, but rather by informal entities: gangs and warlords using small arms and improvised weapons. The series reveals how the post-Cold War proliferation of small arms has changed the landscape of war, with women becoming primary targets and suffering unprecedented casualties. Yet women are simultaneously emerging as necessary partners in brokering lasting peace and as leaders in forging new international laws governing conflict.

With depth and complexity, Women, War & Peace spotlights the stories of women in conflict zones from Bosnia to Afghanistan and Colombia to Liberia, placing women at the center of an urgent dialogue about conflict and security, and reframing our understanding of modern warfare.

To see more about this series, click here.

To view the trailer for the series, click Women, War & Peace Series 

To see a list of upcoming screenings, click here.

Southern California Screenings:

October 6, 2011 at 4:00 p.m.
Presented by the University of San Diego
Peace and Justice Theatre
University of San Diego, San Diego, CA
Screening of Peace Unveiled and a Q&A with producer Gini Reticker.

October 13, 2011 at: 12:00 p.m.
Presented by the National Council for Research on Women
Benson Auditorium
Pitzer College, Claremont, CA
Screening of clips from Women, War & Peace and a Q&A with producer Abigail E. Disney.

October 13, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
Presented by PBS SoCal and the Living Peace Series
Pacific Ballroom, Student Center
University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA
Screening of clips from Women, War & Peace and a panel discussion with producer Abigail E. Disney and Geena Davis.