Sue Ellerbrock is the Director of Religious Education at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Blacksburg, Va. She shares her views with Blue Ridge PBS on helping others and her dream for peace.
The daughter of a World War I veteran and the wife of a World War II veteran, Mary Jane Wysor of Wytheville, Virginia, is 93 years young. Blue Ridge PBS talks with this Appalachian elder to find out her views on building long lasting peace.
Embark on a risky year-long UN peacekeeping mission into earthquake-ravaged Haiti with an all-female Bangladeshi police unit. Leaving their families behind, these police officers shatter stereotypes as they rise in the name of building peace.
Eman Abdelrahman grew up in Egypt and is now a Masters student in the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. She shares with Blue Ridge PBS what peace means to her and how it is different for older generations.
Sister Denise LaRock is a Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul and has been working in San Antonio since January 2016. She works with the Interfaith Welcome Coalition (IWC), greeting asylum-seekers at the bus station and providing backpacks with donations from churches. She bases her work on the words of the Bible regarding foreigners.
Three women hold the title of 2019 Peace Laureates in San Antonio: . Rebecca Flores, who has spent most of her adult life championing for worker’s rights; Nickie Valdez, who works for the LGBTQ community in the Catholic Church; and Patricia Castillo, who has tackled domestic violence issues for decades. All three had to learn to lead and make a difference.
Discover the story of a courageous, non-violent women’s movement that formed the heart of the Palestinian struggle for freedom during the 1987 uprising, known as the first Intifada. One woman must make a choice between love, family and freedom. Undaunted, she embraces all three.
The road to peace is built by teachers of peace, and one of those teachers is Sister Martha Ann Kirk, CCVI, a professor at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. Kirk teaches peace based on theology, and speaks from her own decades of peace building around the world.
Dr. Grace Edwards is Professor Emerita of Appalachian Studies and English at Radford University in Radford, Virginia. She talks with Blue Ridge PBS about the strength of Appalachian women and their ability to deal with conflict and create harmony.
Egyptian native and single mom Mai Dahshan is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. She shares her thoughts with Blue Ridge PBS on living in peace with yourself and others.
Seven years after the original debut of the award-winning series, Women, War & Peace II premieres at a critical political moment where women are calling for a seat at the table. In uncovering untold histories of those who have made that possible, the series reveals their transformative power and the long road ahead for contemporary peacebuilders around the world.
Discover the story of the Catholic and Protestant women who come together during Northern Ireland’s bloody conflict to form an all-female political party and fight to ensure that human rights, equality and inclusion shape the historic Good Friday Agreement peace deal.
Follow three Egyptian women as they put their lives and bodies on the line fighting for justice and freedom. The film tells the story of Egypt’s Arab Spring, the human rights abuses that came to define it and the women willing to risk everything.
Discover how some of the biggest recent international events have been shaped by women in a showcase of four, female-directed films that tell never-before-told stories about women who risked their lives for peace, changing history in the process.
Pray the Devil Back to Hell is 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. Featuring Nobel Peace Prize Winner Leymah Gbowee.