Women, war and peace: A movie screening with Abigail Disney
June 29, 2012
The remarkable documentary film ‘Peace Unveiled’ by prominent filmmaker and speaker Abigail Disney was presented to a full room of Ambassadors and members of the international community in Geneva on Monday.
Profiling peacebuilding challenges through film
Highlighting women’s achievements is the aim of Abigail Disney’s work as a community activist, a business woman and a philanthropist. Stressing women’s roles in peace processes, she has produced a series of five films called ‘Women, War and Peace’ of which this film on Afghanistan is one.
Interpeace co-hosted the screening of Abigail Disney’s ‘Peace Unveiled’ documentary series, together with the the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations and the World YWCA.
Women and peace processes
Emphasizing the meaningful role of women in peace processes, the Canadian Ambassador H.E. Ms. Golberg opened the event by explaining how women’s empowerment and equality is an important pillar of Canadian foreign policy.
Documenting the work of three female peace activists
Special guest of the evening, Abigail Disney introduced her one hour film that follows three Afghan women, a parliamentarian, a former midwife and a young activist from Kabul.
”The experience of these women is a caricature of what other women experience around the world. These films should be used as tools to push dialogue forwards,” highlighted Abigail. She stated the essence behind the film: “Women talk. That’s our strength so give us a seat at the table.”
Ensuring women’s involvement
The film paints a picture of the challenges that three women are facing in Afghanistan. The documentary describes the difficulties women face to be included in peace talks. Fighting for their rights to participate and risking their lives, these Afghan women are an example for females across the world. The film reveals the crucial roles that these women play in reforming their country and changing the course of their future.
Space for Dialogue
Following the screening the audience engaged in a lively discussion that was moderated by Scott M. Weber, Interpeace Director-General and Michelle Higelin, Deputy-General Secretary of World YWCA.
“Women are among the most critical actors in peace process. And what is so important about these films is that women’s voices are rarely heard and seen”, explains Scott.