Write to Truth: Documenting Women’s Narratives of Peace and Conflict

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Write to Truth: Documenting Women’s Narratives of Peace and Conflict

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Date and Time

  • Wednesday, November 11, 2015 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Peace & Justice Theatre

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




Documenting women’s stories is a powerful and provocative act, disrupting the conventional practice of spotlighting men leaders in history. Stories with women as the protagonist offer rich possibilities for understanding nuances of complex conflicts, exposing gendered realities and opening avenues for transformation. This panel introduced the four writers from the IPJ’s Women PeaceMakers Program who documented the lives of women at the forefront of peace and conflict in their communities, and explored what is required to engage in this process. What choices are involved in documenting a woman’s experience of conflict? What happens behind the scenes, in the interviewing space and at the keyboard? How does one write a woman into history?

2015 Women Peace Writers

Jenna Barnett is a freelance writer and editor with a background in sociology research and interfaith organizing. She worked for Sojourners, a faith-based social justice magazine and advocacy organization located in Washington, D.C., as an editorial assistant, where she found herself continually writing articles about women artists, athletes, activists and politicians. Before her year with Sojourners, Barnett lived and worked at Jubilee Partners, a service community in rural Georgia where she taught English to refugees. She has degrees in sociology and religion from Furman University in Greenville, S.C., and is the peace writer for IPJ Woman PeaceMaker Pauline Dempers of Namibia.

Gabrielle Clifford holds a BA (with honors) in global studies, socioeconomics and politics from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and two post-graduate certificates in sustainable business practices and impact investing. She has lived and studied abroad in Asia, Central America and Europe, including graduate studies at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. Clifford has served as a therapeutic facilitator at San Diego Youth Services for at-risk and underserved cross-cultural youth in San Diego. She has worked as a published freelance writer for 12 years, and is the peace writer for IPJ Woman PeaceMaker Najla Ayoubi of Afghanistan.

Claire Doran is a mediator and writer, and has an MA in peace studies from International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan, where she was a Rotary World Peace Fellow. Her research interests include intersectional identity, gender and sexuality, cross-cultural communication, intergroup conflict, the politics of language and critical approaches to peace and violence. Doran received her BA in peace and conflict studies from the University of California at Berkeley and served as program director of the Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center, in Los Angeles. She is the peace writer for IPJ Woman PeaceMaker Galia Golan of Israel.

Maggie Thach is a former sports journalist whose byline has appeared in The San Francisco ChronicleThe Fresno BeeThe Sacramento Bee and other news outlets across the country. Covering high school and college sports for The Salt Lake Tribune, she became an award-winning journalist. Since leaving the newspaper industry, Thach has received an MFA from the University of California at Riverside in creative nonfiction and become a teacher at Summa Education, where she teaches writing and literature. Thach is the peace writer for IPJ Woman PeaceMaker Glenda Wildschut of South Africa.


 Jenni Prisk is the founder of Voices of Women, a San Diego-based organization which produces and supports local and global educational programs for women and girls. She is a motivational speaker and president and founder of Prisk Communication, which provides public speaking and communication skills training and coaching. She is a commissioner on the San Diego Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and attends the annual CSW at United Nations Headquarters in New York, and is a member of San Diego Rotary Club 33, in which she serves on five committees including chairing the Peace Committee.

The IPJ’s Women PeaceMakers Program documents the stories and best practices of international women leaders who are involved in human rights and peacemaking efforts in their home countries. Women PeaceMakers are paired with peace writers to document in written form their story of living in conflict and building peace in their communities and nations. Peace writers interview their peacemakers daily and produce stories in the genre of creative nonfiction to draw in diverse audiences to learn about women’s agency in peacebuilding processes. 


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