When it comes to women and conflict, the media often delivers two narratives. On one end of a restricted spectrum, we see women victimized and under siege — vulnerable, isolated, and helpless. And on the other end, as evidenced by recent coverage of female Kurdish fighters in Syria and Iraq, we see a celebrated, if not fetishized, image of women as warriors — sexy gun-wielding badasses.
But what often gets lost are the stories of the women in the middle — those working tirelessly on conflict resolution; those who raise not their voices, but their actions.
We talked to eight of them — all members of Peace is Loud — a speaker’s bureau chock full of interruptors— and asked them about their inspirations, the books on their nightstands, and why peace might not be so elusive after all.