Our host, Jenni Prisk, interviews Peace Writer, Alicia Wright, who tells the story of Khurshid Bano from Pakistan, a Women PeaceMaker at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego during 2016.
Excerpts from Interview
- “Khurshid was intimidating on paper…in person she is energetic and fiery, with no anger!”
- “She has always challenged the “norms”. Her father ended her hopes of going to university – she would become a wife and a mother and silent…”
- “Khurshid’s story has changed me as a writer – an amazing process.”
Biography of Alicia Wright
Wright is a doctoral student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her BA in comparative literature and mathematics from Hamilton College and her MA in media studies from Syracuse University, with a graduate certificate in South Asian Studies and a focus on conflict transformation.
The interview takes place at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego where Alicia spent concentrated time with Khurshid while she was in residence as a Women PeaceMaker in the Institute for Peace and Justice (IPJ).
More About The IPJ Peace Writers
Since 2003, the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice (IPJ) at the University of San Diego has welcomed four women peacemakers each year from around the world.
The women reside at the University of San Diego Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies for two months and share their stories, which are documented by four Peace Writers.
These Peace Writers tell their story of living in conflict and building peace in their communities and nations. The Peace Writers interview their PeaceMakers daily and produce a document that includes narrative stories and complementary components, such as a historical summary of the conflict and a table of best practices in peacebuilding as demonstrated by the work of the PeaceMaker.
Monica McWilliams, Chief Commissioner, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission comments on the importance of this program:
“You are writing women into history. You are making sure their stories are not forgotten. You are making sure those stories are passed on to the next generation.”