The Women's Peace Movement in Liberia with Inbal Shloshberg: An Open to the Sky Event
Introduction of women's peace movement which began in Liberia in response to the violence/civil war. It has been a model, inspiring women to come together to fight violence and injustice. There will be a screening of the documentary "Pray the Devil Back to Hell" that explores a successful women’s grassroots effort to build peace in the context of the Liberian Civil War. Note: The film contains depictions of war that may not be appropriate for young audiences.
Afterwards, Inbal Shlosberg, an Israeli social worker and activist, member of “Women Wage Peace”, will lead a discussion on how women in Liberia were able to gain power and build peace and what can be learned for other conflicts. Women Wage Peace is an Israeli grassroots movement of women who are engaged in rekindling hope for a viable future in their region. Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Dutchess County.
Open to the Sky is a reimagining of the ancient Jewish holiday of Sukkot. A sukkah (pronounced sue-kah) is a sand mandala of a building, open to the sky and used for seven days around the time of the fall harvest and then dismantled. It's rickety and tenuous, creating the illusion of permanence and highlighting the impermanence of everything. For more information about the holiday and Open to the Sky, please click here.
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