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Women, War & Peace: Pray The Devil Back To Hell

Airs Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Liberian women demonstrate at the American Embassy in Monrovia at the height of the civil war, 2003.

WOMEN, WAR & PEACE is a bold 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 episodes are "I Came to Testify," "Pray the Devil Back to Hell," "Peace Unveiled," "The War We Are Living" and "War Redefined."

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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 center of an urgent dialogue about conflict and security, and reframing our understanding of modern warfare.

Featuring narrators Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton, Geena Davis and Alfre Woodard, WOMEN, WAR & PEACE is the most comprehensive global media initiative ever mounted on the roles of women in war and peace.

Protesting in front of UN envoy at Mamba Point in Monrovia, Liberia, 2003.
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Above: Protesting in front of UN envoy at Mamba Point in Monrovia, Liberia, 2003.

"Pray The Devil Back To Hell" - The second episode tells 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.

In the capital city of Monrovia, thousands of women — mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters, both Christian and Muslim — formed a thin but unshakable line between the opposing forces, literally facing down the killers who had turned Liberia into hell on earth. Their demonstrations culminated in Taylor’s exile and the rise of Africa’s first female head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

This program originally aired in 2011. The full series is now available online.

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Women, War & Peace: Pray The Devil Back To Hell

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Watch Pray the Devil Back To Hell on PBS. See more from Women War and Peace.

Above: Hear 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 in "Pray The Devil Back To Hell."

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Leymah Gbowee: A Survivor's Story

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Watch Leymah Gbowee: A Survivor's Story on PBS. See more from Women War and Peace.

Above: Here’s Leymah Gbowee in her own words at a recent launch event for the series, WOMEN, WAR & PEACE, telling her story of survival, revolution and victory: