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Women and War: The Women Who Took on ISIS – and Won
April 20, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
During this Foreign Policy Forum, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon will discuss her new book, the instant New York Times best seller The Daughters of Kobani: A Story of Rebellion, Courage, and Justice. The Daughters of Kobani tells the story of an unlikely fight in northeastern Syria in 2014, when an all-female militia faced off against ISIS. The Daughters of Kobani introduces the women of this all-female militia fighting on the front lines, playing a central role as America’s on-the-ground partner in the territorial defeat of ISIS. In the process, they worked to make women’s equality a reality. These female fighters were intent on defeating the Islamic State and on changing women’s lives in the Middle East and beyond.
Women’s contributions to matters of war and peace, foreign policy, national security, and even combat on battlefields have often been overlooked. With each passing year, there is a growing recognition of these contributions, as women leaders shape policy around the world. In recent conflicts and wars, women activists have bravely led protests to call for change or end violence. A few have joined peace negotiation processes. Women have also taken to the battlefield to protect their families, nations, and cultures. Join us as we take a look at the changing norms around women on the battlefield and their role in foreign policy.Ms. Tzemach Lemmon’s previous book, Ashley’s War, tells the story of another group of female fighters hoping to change the narrative about women and war: American soldiers who served as part of U.S. special operations. Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is an Adjunct Senior Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations.
This webinar is free, but advanced registration is required.