Women Waging Peace: Women as Leaders of Peace Processes

WED, DEC 5, 2007 (52:54)

Ambassador Swanee Hunt advocates for women of all ages, religions, and ethnic backgrounds to be leaders in peace processes, especially as a means to end war and rebuild societies, as well as to alleviate poverty and other human suffering. Hunt, director of the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and president of Hunt Alternatives Fund, makes her case at this Jack and Lewis Rudin Lecture at the Jewish Theological Seminary.

+ BIO: Ambassador Swanee Hunt

Swanee Hunt’s mission is to achieve gender parity, especially as a means to end war and rebuild societies, as well as to alleviate poverty and other human suffering. At Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Hunt is the Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy. In 1997, she founded the Women and Public Policy Program, a research center concerned with domestic and foreign policy, which she directed for more than a decade. She teaches “Inclusive Security,” exploring how women are systematically excluded from peace processes, the impact, and the policy steps needed to rectify the problem.

From 1993 to 1997, Hunt served as ambassador to Austria, where she hosted negotiations and international symposia focused on stabilizing the neighboring Balkan states. Prior to that, she made her mark as a civic leader and philanthropist in Denver, where she led initiatives on public education, affordable housing, women’s empowerment, and mental health services for two mayors and the governor. In 2007, Ambassador Hunt was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. She is a widely published columnist and has authored three books: the award-winning This Was Not Our War: Bosnian Women Reclaiming the Peace, her memoir, Half-Life of a Zealot, and Rwandan Women Rising.

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Jewish Theological Seminary
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Jewish Culture Series