I recently got an email from the San Francisco chapter of Women for women International, letting me know about a screening they will be having of a film called "Pray the Devil Back to Hell." The website and trailer is at: http://www.praythedevilbacktohell.com/v3/
Before this, I knew nothing about Liberia or it's history, but from what I gathered from the movie website, and reading a few other articles about Leymah Gbowee, one of the women involved, the film is apparently about a group of women who, using peaceful demonstrations, got then president of Liberia Charles Taylor to agree to attend peace talks to try and end the civil war that raged from 1989 - 2003, with only a small break. They then followed him to Ghana for the peace talks and stayed outside the room and refused to let the warlords leave until they reached a peace agreement.
A clip of Leymah on Colbert Nation says that part of the womens group original strategy for trying to end the war was to call on all women to withhold sex until the war ended. Leymah had not heard of Lysistrata at the time: http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/233532/july-14-2009/leymah-gbowee
In the interview she also talks about how Liberia was set up as a colony for freed American slaves, but that there were already native people living there, and the abuses that occurred from that.
Also, apparently since then, Charles Taylor has been exiled and is being tried for war crimes, and there is a new female democratically-elected Harvard-trained economist as president. Apparently Liberias Chief of Police and Deputy Chief of Police are also currently women. The woman who is now Deputy Chief of Police also played a big role in organizing women during the war and is in the movie.
The whole story sounds amazing, and I would like to see the movie, but it is not out yet for individuals to rent or buy (I was able to 'Save' it on Netflix though, and was still considering possibly going to the San Francisco showing, even though it's on a weeknight so far from me!). So when are there going to be more loans from Liberia?