|Title||2009 IPJ Women PeaceMakers Arrive with Message to End Violence and Secure Peace|
|Contact E-mail||wardd, at sandiego.edu|
|Contact Phone||(619) 260-4659, ext. 6994|
While their stories and struggles are different in context, the four women who will spend the next eight weeks at the University of San Diego have one thing in common – they all are striving to bring peace and justice to their homelands.
One is an ordained pastor from El Salvador who has vowed “to live and not die for the revolution.” Another was born into a Christian family in the majority Muslim country of Pakistan, and works to protect the rights of women who are targets of honor killings, acid attacks and other forms of violence. The third is a Muslim peacemaker from Sudan, who has been described as a “point person” for creating community and maintaining peace in one of the most conflict-affected and neglected regions of the world. The last is the woman leader of the Talaandig indigenous community in Mindanao in the Philippines, who founded a group to empower women to have equal opportunities in the decision-making processes of their tribe.
The 2009 Women PeaceMakers at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice are: Marta Benavides of El Salvador, Rubina Feroze Bhatti of Pakistan, Zeinab Blandia of Sudan, and Liza Llesis Saway of the Philippines. From now through Nov. 6, the peacemakers will share their stories with USD and the San Diego community. They will work with designated Peace Writers to document and build upon their unique peacemaking stories, an opportunity that is not always possible for these women on the frontline of efforts to end violence.
During the residency, they will speak to USD students through classroom discussions and to the community at large through intimate conversations, detailed below. All events are held in the IPJ Theatre and are free and open to the public. No RSVP is required.
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 12:30 - 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 13, 12:30 - 2 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 15, 12:30 - 2 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 22, 12:30 - 2 p.m.
For more information on the Women PeaceMaker’s program, and full bios on the participants, go to www.sandiego.edu/peacestudies/ipj. The program is made possible through a grant from the Fred J. Hansen Foundation.
About the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice