Mission: To encourage a culture of peace through the use of media and live events that spotlight women leaders on the front lines of peacebuilding efforts worldwide.
About the Organization: Filmmaker and philanthropist Abigail Disney founded Peace Is Loud in 2009 after finishing her first film, the documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell. Reaction to the film, about the Liberian women who helped end their country's civil war, included efforts by fifty Bosnian women survivors of genocide to be included in their city’s reconciliation and rebuilding efforts. The Bosnian group — who were the first people shown the film — identified with their Liberian counterparts onscreen, and inspired the creation of Peace Is Loud to galvanize more audiences to re-envision their capacity to serve as peacebuilders.
Current Programs: The organization’s efforts are grouped into three “buckets”: SEE Peace harnesses the power of film and other media to bring to life everyday people who are standing up to violence and building peace from the ground up; SPEAK Peace, the organization’s speakers’ bureau, represents women peacebuilders who are breaking new ground in the fight for peace and justice; and MAKE Peace creates and supports social action campaigns that encourage people to build peace in their own communities and as citizens of the world.
Website: The organization’s website serves as a portal to independent films featuring women’s leadership as a catalyst for change and peacebuilding action. The films currently highlighted on the site include The Trials of Spring, which profiles women from Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, and Syria, and Women, War & Peace, a five-part series about women in conflict zones from Bosnia and Afghanistan to Liberia and Colombia. The films are available in a number of languages, including Arabic, French, and Spanish, and are provided to organizations and classrooms that use fill out an online form to request a free screening kit. Visitors to the site also can learn more about the organization and its work through the Peace is Loud blog; register for news updates; and/or make a donation.
Funding: Peace is Loud is supported by foundations and individual donors and by program fees.