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Tuesday nights at 9pm
October 11 - November 8

For five consecutive weeks, uncover the untold stories of women’s strategic role in global conflict. Filmed in conflict zones in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Colombia and Liberia, the mini-series focuses on the under-reported stories of the women who are changing the rules of engagement in conflict hotspots all over the world, reframing our understanding of modern warfare.

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 (pictured), who faced down the killers and brought peace to their country.

As Women, War & Peace reveals, the majority of today’s conflicts are not fought by nations and their armies, but rather by gangs, insurgent groups, and warlords armed with small arms and improvised weapons. Women have become primary targets in these conflicts and though they are suffering unprecedented casualties they are simultaneously emerging as critical partners in brokering peace and as leaders in forging new international laws governing conflict.

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10/11 - "I Came to Testify" - the moving story of how a group of 16 women who had been imprisoned and raped by Serb-led forces in the Bosnian town of Foca broke history’s great silence and stepped forward to take the witness stand in an international court of law.

10/18 - "Pray the Devil Back to Hell" - the astonishing story of the Liberian women who took on the warlords and regime of dictator Charles Taylor in the midst of a brutal civil war and won a once unimaginable peace for their shattered country in 2003.

10/25 - "Peace Unveiled" - the story of three women in Afghanistan who are risking their lives to make sure that women have a seat at the negotiating table.

11/01 - "The War We Are Living" - the story of Cauca, a mountainous region in Colombia’s Pacific southwest, where two extraordinary Afro-Colombian women are fighting to stay on their gold-rich lands.

11/08 - "War Redefined" - the capstone of WOMEN, WAR & PEACE challenges the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men’s domain through incisive interviews with leading thinkers, secretaries of state and seasoned survivors of war and peacemaking.

Women, War & Peace is narrated by actors Matt Damon, Geena Davis, Tilda Swinton, and Alfre Woodard.