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Film commemorates International Women’s Day
March 08, 2013

Film commemorates International Women’s Day
WE WOMEN WARRIORS follows the lives of three indigenous Colombian women who use non-violent resistance to defend their communities from the devastating effects of nearly 50 years of armed conflict.
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(Washington, D.C.) February 26, 2013 — In celebration of International Women's Day, please join Jesuit Refugee Service/USA for a screening of the documentary We Women Warriors on Monday, March 11, at the Gala Hispanic Theatre in Washington, D.C.

Each year around the world, International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8. Thousands of events occur not just on this day, but throughout March to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women.

WE WOMEN WARRIORS follows the lives of three indigenous Colombian women who use non-violent resistance to defend their communities from the devastating effects of nearly 50 years of armed conflict:

• Doris is a young Awá tribal leader who takes charge to protect a group of internally displaced people fleeing combat between the army and the guerrillas. While speaking at a U.N. press conference in Colombia’s capital, she learns that five people from her village were slain by masked men. Despite the risks, Doris returns to her village, determined to defend her people and end the violence by speaking out.

• Ludis is a Kankuamo widow, and mother of three, who is framed and imprisoned on false charges of rebellion. After a year, Ludis is released from prison. She returns to her village and forms a weaving collective with other female victims of the systematic murders perpetrated by paramilitary bands.

Flor Ilva is the first woman entrusted to lead her 300-year-old Nasa taribal government. She faces a crisis caused by police barracks that endanger civilians by placing them in the rebels’ line of fire. After the army kills an 11-year-old boy, Flor Ilva spearheads a peaceful movement to dismantle the barracks. Despite this small victory, Flor Ilva and her people are still not safe. Their tribal lands continue to be militarized by opposing armies. 

Through the use of non-violent resistance, these women fight for the survival of their people while bringing hope for peace in Colombia.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion from Gimena Sanchez, Virginia Bouvier, Lisa Haugaard, and film producer and director Nicole Karsin.

Join JRS/USA as we celebrate the strength and courage of these three women, and many others like them around the world. For tickets please click here.

Monday, March 11, 2013
7:30 pm
Gala Hispanic Theatre
3333 14th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

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