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|Women's Power to Stop War- Liberia|
|Date||Friday February 21|
|Time||7:00 PM - 9:00 PM|
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San Jose Peace & Justice Center
48 South 7th Street, San Jose 95112
In the lead up to WILPF's 100th Anniversary celebrations -- themed Women's Power to Stop War -- the San Jose Branch is presenting a dramatic example from Liberia.
Pray the Devil Back to Hell is 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. As the rebel noose tightened around the capital city of Monrovia, thousands of women – ordinary mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters, both Christian and Muslim – formed a thin but unshakeable line between the opposing forces. Armed only with white T-shirts and the courage of their convictions, they literally faced down the killers who had turned Liberia into hell on earth. In one memorable scene, the women barricaded the site of stalled peace talks in Ghana and refused to move until a deal was done. Their demonstrations culminated in Taylor’s exile and the rise of Africa’s first female head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Inspiring and uplifting, Pray the Devil Back to Hell is a compelling example of how grassroots activism can alter the history of nations.
This event is sponsored by WILPF Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, San Jose Branch