Abigail Disney to keynote YWCA’s Leader Luncheon XXXIII March 4, 2013

Staff Report

YWCA of Rockford will host Abigail Disney, producer of Pray the Devil Back to Hell and Women, War & Peace, as keynote speaker for Leader Luncheon XXXIII: Women of Achievement, March 4, 2013.

Disney is a filmmaker and philanthropist. Her passion for women’s issues and peace-building culminated in her first film, Pray the Devil Back to Hell, about the Liberian women who peacefully ended their country’s 14-year civil war. The film premiered in 2008 at the Tribeca Film Festival, where it won the honor of Best Documentary.

Disney is executive producer of the groundbreaking PBS mini-series Women, War & Peace, a global media initiative about the role of women in peace and conflict. The series’ awards include a Television Academy Honor, two Overseas Press Club Awards, two Gracie Awards and a Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association.

Disney co-founded the Daphne Foundation, which works with low-income communities in the five boroughs of New York City. She also founded Peace is Loud, which amplifies women’s voices for peace-building using the power of media.

Disney serves as a board member for a number of organizations, including the Global Fund for Women and the Peace Research Endowment. Her work has been recognized through numerous awards, including the International Advocate for Peace (IAP) Award from the Cardozo Law School’s Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution.

In addition, Disney holds degrees from Yale, Stanford and Columbia. She has been a judge at the Tribeca Film Festival, and sits on the advisory board of ITVS’s initiative, Women and Girls Lead. She travels around the country and internationally to speak in diverse locations, such as The Hague, Davos, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), universities and community centers. She is a member of the Writers Guild of America.

Since 1891, YWCA of Rockford has remained dedicated to its mission, “eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.” YWCA of Rockford provides programming and advocacies for more than 6,500 women, children and families each month, who seek economic self-sufficiency through child care subsidy, job skills and computer training. Proceeds also assist with community racial justice work that promotes a clear commitment to equality.

Contact Laura Pagles, lpagles@ywca-rockford.org or call (815) 316-6126 for details.

From the Dec. 19-25, 2012, issue

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