11/09/2011

Redefining War, Peace, Women and Wikipedia

Women, War & Peace is a bold new five-part PBS series challenging the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men’s domain. Spotlighting the stories of women in conflict zones from Bosnia to Afghanistan and Colombia to Liberia, it places women at the center of an urgent dialogue about conflict and security, and reframes our understanding of modern warfare. Featuring narrators Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton, Geena Davis and Alfre Woodard, Women, War & Peace is the most comprehensive global media initiative ever mounted on the roles of women in war and peace. Watch on your local PBS station Tuesday nights from Oct. 11 to Nov. 8.

This year’s Nobel Peace Prize went to three women champions of peace, justice and democracy: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, her compatriot Leymah Gbowee, and Tawakkul Karman of Yemen. This is the first time that the Nobel Committee’s citation included a direct reference to Security Council resolution 1325. Meet the 2011 Nobel Pecae Prize Laureate Leymah Gbowee and her Story of Liberia's Women Movement to stop the Civil War.

Women and Girls Lead offers a collection of films by the world’s best independent filmmakers. These films focus on women who are working to transform their lives, their communities, and the world. Browse the list of films.

Where Are the Women in Wikipedia?

Why are there so many more men than women contributing to a "free encyclopedia that anyone can edit"? I have been an avid Wikipedia participant after 9-11 and cherised such an open platform. I had to quit many times because of the behind the wall watchdog editors erasing my edits, and I am yet to learn how to properly use the talk button. Also the 'Neutrality Policy' is likely to chuck out non-mainstream heterodox views (including womens') to maintain status quo and political correctness and perhaps even reification of Knowledge.

For example I just tried now to add the word learning with edit summary (at the bottom describing the change), along with experience and education in the first line of the definition of knowledge. And it was immediately erased without explanation. I also added the word 'unknown' (leaving edit summary blank) after the phrase 'getting familiar with someone or something' in the same definition. It is still up after 10 minutes. Who has time to check after every edit or learn all the tricks of the editing. Wikipedia seems averse to take live newsclips from youtube or references quoted in blogs or online articles. Yet I believe in open sourcing of knowledge and love to see Wikipedia grow! [Also see: New York Times, Feb 2011]

Also view Latinos and Blacks for Internet Freedom.