Advocate and actress Kristen Bell, Secretary Hillary Clinton sit down with Amb. Melanne Verveer


January 31, 2019 (Washington, DC) –  Georgetown’s Institute for Women, Peace and Security launches Seeking Peace, a new podcast that explores women’s roles in preventing conflict and achieving sustainable peace. Melanne Verveer, the institute’s executive director and former U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues, sits down with influential global leaders and celebrity activists to discuss how women are not just victim of conflict but leaders and unsung heroes who help bring peace to their countries.

The first episodes launch Jan. 31 and include sit-downs with actress and advocate Kristen Bell and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

​Each episode also includes narrative-driven field stories—produced by radio journalists—highlighting women’s experiences on the frontlines in Afghanistan, Colombia, Ukraine, Yemen,  Kosovo, Mexico, and a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh.

“Women who are making a difference in international security deserve a larger audience,” says Ambassador Melanne Verveer. “We hope hearing their voices through this podcast will inspire, inform, and involve listeners to take greater steps for peace.”

Seeking Peace is available on iTunesStitcherSpotify and Google Play.

With no dedicated reported radio series focused on the intersection of gender, conflict and peace, this podcast is the first of its kind. Seeking Peace’s first season is funded by the Compton Foundation and reported and produced by an all-women team.

“The Compton Foundation has invested in peace for the past 75 years and we believe that the most effective way to achieve peace is through the Women, Peace, and Security agenda,” says Ellen Friedman, executive director of the Compton Foundation. “This global movement has a compelling and inspiring story to tell and we are thrilled that the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security is spreading the word far and wide.”



Georgetown’s Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS) seeks to promote a more stable, peaceful, and just world by focusing on the important role women play in preventing conflict and building peace, growing economies, and addressing global threats like climate change and violent extremism. We engage in rigorous research, host global convenings, advance strategic partnerships, and nurture the next generation of leaders. Housed within the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown, the Institute is headed by the former U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues, Melanne Verveer.



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Oriane Bethsabée Zerah