Our mission is to generate a groundswell of people committed to building a culture of peace. Founded by activist, filmmaker and philanthropist Abigail Disney, Peace is Loud inspires action through media and live events that spotlight women leaders on the frontline of peacebuilding worldwide.
Our three key programs spark dialogue and action, critical elements for culture change:
SEE Peace: We harness the power of film and other media to bring to life the leadership of everyday people who are standing up to violence and building peace from the ground up.
SPEAK Peace: We organize speaking engagements and other live events spotlighting women peacebuilders from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe whose courage and activism are altering the history of nations.
MAKE Peace: We create social action campaigns that encourage and empower people to build peace in their day-to-day lives—in their own communities and as citizens of the world.
Why We Do It
Today too many people live and struggle in a world dominated by war and violence. For those of us far from the conflict zones, the narratives and images we absorb from the news and popular culture can limit our perceptions. War can seem inevitable; the bloodshed, overwhelming. We feel helpless in the face of history’s pull.
The clamor of war stories across screens, newspapers and airwaves perpetuates a great silence: the stories of ordinary people on the ground fighting for peace. Here in the U.S., our own country’s brutal role as a major exporter of war is too often submerged, muting our connection—and accountability—for conflicts abroad.
In the absence of narratives to counter these dominant frames, we forget what peace looks like, or sounds like. We can’t imagine the power of our own hand in promoting peace. Our belief in its very possibility is endangered—unless we see through new eyes, and amplify the voices of peacebuilding against the pitch of war.
The most powerful and lasting way to counter war and violence is to build a culture of peace.Peace is more than the absence of war. Peace means living together with, and even celebrating, our differences—be they cultural, religious, ethnic, racial or gender-based. Peace involves transforming society from the inside out, in our own lives and across borders. A culture of peace rests on a strong foundation of respect for justice, dignity and human rights.