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WMC to Co-Sponsor Forum with Nobel Laureates to Spotlight Rape in Conflict

September 20, 2012

For Immediate Release

NEW YORK—Three Nobel Laureates will discuss the global crisis of violence against women and what must be done to stop it during a forum on Monday sponsored by The Women’s Media Center and the Nobel Women’s Initiative.

The forum on the campaign to stop rape in conflict will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. EDT at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center. It will feature Shirin Ebadi, an Iranian human rights lawyer and the first Muslim woman to receive a Nobel Peace Prize; Leymah Gbowee, a leader in the women’s peace movement that brought an end to the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003; and Jody Williams, an American peace activist who received the Nobel Peace Prize for her work to ban landmines.

Other panelists for the forum are Susannah Sirkin, deputy director of Physicians for Human Rights, and Patricia Guerrero, founder of Liga de Mujeres Desplazadas (Displaced Women’s League) and Observatory Gender Democracy and Human Rights.

“We are proud to partner with the Nobel Women’s Initiative on this important campaign,” said Julie Burton, President of The Women’s Media Center. “There is so much we can learn from these extraordinary, powerful women who are working globally to advocate peace, justice, and equality.”

Robin Morgan, co-founder of The Women’s Media Center and host of Women’s Media Center Live with Robin Morgan, will provide introductory remarks. Morgan also is an award-winning author and feminist activist.

“The Nobel Women's Initiative’s International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict is a crucial tile in the mosaic of the global women’s movement and its life-saving actions,” said Morgan. “I’m delighted to introduce this forum.”

The session will be moderated by Lauren Wolfe, Director of WMC’s Women Under Siege project, and an award-winning journalist.

“There are few minds as strong as these working on the tremendous problem of how to stop rape in war,” said Wolfe. “We have a chance to learn from these women’s remarkable collective experience of how they’ve achieved peace in seemingly intractable situations and apply it to what I believe is the not-natural, not-inevitable act of sexualized violence in conflict.”

The Nobel Women’s Initiative uses the prestige of the Nobel Peace Prize and of courageous women peace laureates to magnify the power and visibility of women working in countries around the world for peace, justice and equality.

The Women’s Media Center was founded in 2005 by Jane Fonda, Morgan, and Gloria Steinem. It works to make women and girls visible and powerful in the media through media advocacy campaigns, media monitoring for sexism, creating original content, training women and girls to participate in media, and connecting women experts with the media.

For more information, contact Cristal Williams Chancellor, Media Relations Manager, or 202-587-1636.

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