WASHINGTON, D.C. | October 19, 2020 – Georgetown University’s Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS) released a multilingual second season of the Seeking Peace podcast to spotlight women’s fight for peace and justice in their communities, from Afghanistan to Colombia to the United States.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad is featured in the first episode.
Nadia was 19 years old when ISIS militants carried out a genocide against her Yazidi community in Northern Iraq. Nadia tells listeners about her work with Amal Clooney to bring ISIS to justice in court, and about her organization, Nadia’s Initiative, which rebuilds what ISIS destroyed in Iraq.
Upcoming episodes feature courageous women and male allies including father of Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai, Ziauddin Yousafzai, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Opal Tometi, Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Denis Mukwege, and celebrity advocate Maitreyi Ramakrishnan.
“The heroic women who are bringing justice and peace to their countries deserve a larger audience,” says Ambassador Melanne Verveer, who hosts the podcast. “We hope hearing their inspiring voices through this podcast will inform and involve listeners to take greater steps for peace.”
In addition to high-level interviews, the second season includes reported feature stories from Libya, Colombia, Afghanistan, Yemen, DRC and the United States. The features will also be available in the local language of the country where the episodes are produced to enhance the podcast’s profile as one of very few multilingual productions in the industry, and also extend the power of these women’s stories into their own communities.
“It is one thing to commit to continuing production of a podcast in the midst of this pandemic in a single country. But to do it among six, many of which remain active conflict zones, and in four languages, was a completely different thing. I am so proud of our multilingual, multicultural and international team who worked tirelessly with producers and translators on the ground and our partners at UN Women to bring these stories to life.” said Martina Castro, executive producer of Seeking Peace and founder and CEO of Adonde Media.
New episodes will air every Wednesday between now and the end of the year.
About Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security (GIWPS)
Georgetown University’s Institute for Women, Peace & Security 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. For more information, sign up for our newsletter at giwps.georgetown.edu and follow us on Twitter and Facebook @giwps and Instagram @georgetown_wps.
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