Women and the Practice of Peace

This section of the RPP Video Archive features RPP talks on the topic of women and the practice of peace. 

RPP Colloquium: Women's Multifaceted Contributions to Sustainable Peace and the Role of Religious Resources
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The session featured Ann D. Braude, director, Women's Studies in Religion Program (WSRP); senior lecturer on American Religious History, Harvard Divinity School (HDS), Rosalind I.J. Hackett, visiting professor of Women’s Studies and Religion and WSRP research associate, HDS; head of Department of Religious Studies, adjunct in Anthropology, and faculty associate at Baker Center for Public Policy, University of Tennessee, Anila Daulatzai, visiting assistant professor in Women’s Studies and Islamic Studies and WSRP research associate, HDS; socio-cultural anthropologist, Afghanistan and Pakistan, Trelawney Grenfell-Muir, adjunct professor, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance, University of Massachusetts Boston, Melissa W. Bartholomew, MDiv candidate, HDS; co-founder, Women United for Peace through Prayer.

Watch video: January 2015 RPP Colloquium on Women and Sustainable Peace

Susan Hayward presents with moderator Ann BraudeRPP Colloquium: Women Religious Leaders in the Struggle for Peace
Thursday, September 24, 2015

The session featured Rev. Susan Hayward, Director, Religion and Inclusive Societies, U.S. Institute of Peace; HDS ’07 graduate; co-editor, Women, Religion, and Peacebuilding: Illuminating the Unseen (USIP Press, 2015). Rev. Hayward directs USIP’s religious peacebuilding program, which seeks to recognize religious dynamics in violent conflict and develop strategies for engaging religious actors and factors to transform drivers of violence and build sustainable peace. Hayward discussed the recent volume she had co-edited, Women, Religion, and Peacebuilding: Illuminating the Unseen (USIP Press, September 2015), offering reflections on the opportunities and challenges women religious leaders across faiths and regions face as they navigate complex conflicts and power dynamics in institutions to accomplish their goals.

The event was moderated by Ann D. Braude, Senior Lecturer on American Religious History and Director of the Women’s Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School.

Cosponsored by the Women’s Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School.

Watch video: September 2015 RPP Colloquium on Women Religious Leaders

Leymah Gbowee
Leymah Gbowee. / Photo: Michael Angelo
Keynote Event: RPP Colloquium with Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee: Women as Catalysts for Local and Global Spiritually-Engaged Movements for Sustainable Peace
Thursday, October 6, 2016


The session featured 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee, a Liberian peace activist, trained social worker, and women’s rights advocate. Leymah’s leadership of the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace – which brought together Christian and Muslim women in a nonviolent movement that played a pivotal role in ending Liberia’s civil war in 2003 – is chronicled in her memoir, Mighty Be Our Powers (2011), and in the award-winning documentary, Pray the Devil Back to Hell (2008). She is founder and current President of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa. She was the founding head of the Liberian Reconciliation Initiative, and was the co-Founder and former Executive Director of Women Peace and Security Network Africa (WIPSEN-A). She is also a founding member and former Liberia Coordinator of Women in Peacebuilding Network/West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WIPNET/WANEP). Leymah is currently named a Distinguished Activist-in-Residence at Union Theological Seminary. She travels internationally to advocate for human rights and peace & security.

The event was moderated by David N. Hempton, Dean of Harvard Divinity School and Ann Braude, director of the Women’s Studies in Religion Program and Senior Lecturer on American Religious History.

Cosponsored by the Women’s Studies in Religion Program at HDS. Additional generous support for the 2016 keynote events was provided by the Provostial Fund for the Arts and Humanities at Harvard University and the Susan Shallcross Swartz Endowment for Christian Studies.

Watch video: October 2016 RPP Colloquium with Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee