Free Screening of the Women, War and Peace Documentary 'PEACE UNVEILED'

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 19:00
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Join No Women, No Peace. on 1 February 2012 in London for the UK premiere screening of Peace Unveiled, part of the Women, War and Peace documentary series, first aired on PBS in late 2011.

Peace Unveiled is an excellent documentary that follows Afghan women as they seek to be included in peace talks in late 2009 and early 2010. This will be the first UK public screening of the documentary. Watch the promo here.

The screening (1 hour) will be followed by a Q&A session with Horia Mosadiq, Afghan women's rights activist and Amnesty International's Afghanistan Researcher. The discussion will be chaired by Chitra Nagarajan, Director of Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS) and will focus on women's rights in Afghanistan, the participation of Afghan women in recent and upcoming peace talks, and what actions you can take to support the work of women's rights activists.

Event Details:

Date: Wednesday 1 February 2012

Time: 18.15 – 20.15. The screening will commence at 18.30, so please arrive early to find a seat.

Location: Amnesty International UK, The Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA

Cost: Free

RSVP: To reserve a spot please email with ‘WWP Screening' in the subject line or RSVP on Facebook. And remember to invite your friends!

About the film: (Watch the promo here) When the U.S. troop surge was announced in late 2009, women in Afghanistan knew that the ground was being laid for peace talks with the Taliban. Peace Unveiled follows three women who immediately began to organise to make sure that women's rights don't get traded away in the deal. One is a savvy parliamentarian who participated in writing the Afghan constitution that guarantees equality for women; another, a former midwife who is one of the last women's rights advocates alive in Kandahar; and the third, a young activist who lives in a traditional family in Kabul. Convinced that the Taliban will have demands that jeopardise women's hard-earned gains, they manoeuvre against formidable odds to have their voices heard in a peace jirga and high peace council. We go behind Kabul's closed doors as the women's case is made to U.S. Ambassador Karl Eikenberry, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues Melanne Verveer, General David Petraeus and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who promises the women that “peace and justice can't come at the cost of women and women's lives.” But will this promise be kept?

Narrated by Tilda Swinton.

About Horia Mosadiq: Horia Mosadiq has over 17 years of experience in campaigning on human rights issues, justice and gender issues in Afghanistan and was previously the Director of the Afghanistan Human Rights Research and Advocacy Consortium (HRRAC) and Senior Advisor to the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and Media Commissioner in Elections Commission. An experienced journalist in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Horia is currently the Afghanistan researcher for Amnesty International and a regular contributor to Afghan media on women's human rights. Horia Mosadiq won the National Human Rights Award in 2007and has been ranked among the Bravest Women in the world by Glamour magazine in the UK in 2011.

About Women, War and Peace: 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 they 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 centre of an urgent dialogue about conflict and security, and reframing our understanding of modern warfare.