Her Story Made History [The Documentary]

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Betty Bigombe: Ugandan peace negotiator20190820

Betty Bigombe spent much of her career trying to negotiate peace with the notorious warlord Joseph Kony. She was born in northern Uganda as one of 11 children. Betty focused on her education from an early age as she knew without it she herself would ‘probably have had 20 children and spent her life working in the fields. Instead she won a fellowship at Harvard where she received an MA in Public Administration. On returning to Uganda, she was asked by the newly installed president to go back to the north of the country, where she grew, up to try and stop the war raging there. The only way to do that was to convince Joseph Kony to engage in peace talks.

(Photo: Betty Bigombe (R) receives from Dutch ambassador Joke Brandt (L) the Geuzen Medal 2010. Credit: Robert Vos/AFP/Getty Images)

Betty Bigombe spent much of her career trying to negotiate peace with warlord Joseph Kony

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Betty Bigombe: Ugandan peace negotiator2019082020190821 (WS)

Betty Bigombe spent much of her career trying to negotiate peace with the notorious warlord Joseph Kony. She was born in northern Uganda as one of 11 children. Betty focused on her education from an early age as she knew without it she herself would ‘probably have had 20 children and spent her life working in the fields. Instead she won a fellowship at Harvard where she received an MA in Public Administration. On returning to Uganda, she was asked by the newly installed president to go back to the north of the country, where she grew, up to try and stop the war raging there. The only way to do that was to convince Joseph Kony to engage in peace talks.

(Photo: Betty Bigombe (R) receives from Dutch ambassador Joke Brandt (L) the Geuzen Medal 2010. Credit: Robert Vos/AFP/Getty Images)

Betty Bigombe spent much of her career trying to negotiate peace with warlord Joseph Kony

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Betty Bigombe: Ugandan peace negotiator2019082020190824 (WS)

Betty Bigombe spent much of her career trying to negotiate peace with the notorious warlord Joseph Kony. She was born in northern Uganda as one of 11 children. Betty focused on her education from an early age as she knew without it she herself would ‘probably have had 20 children and spent her life working in the fields. Instead she won a fellowship at Harvard where she received an MA in Public Administration. On returning to Uganda, she was asked by the newly installed president to go back to the north of the country, where she grew, up to try and stop the war raging there. The only way to do that was to convince Joseph Kony to engage in peace talks.

(Photo: Betty Bigombe (R) receives from Dutch ambassador Joke Brandt (L) the Geuzen Medal 2010. Credit: Robert Vos/AFP/Getty Images)

Betty Bigombe spent much of her career trying to negotiate peace with warlord Joseph Kony

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Betty Bigombe: Ugandan Peace Negotiator2019082020190821 (WS)
20190824 (WS)

Betty Bigombe spent much of her career trying to negotiate peace with the notorious warlord Joseph Kony. She was born in northern Uganda as one of 11 children. Betty focused on her education from an early age as she knew without it she herself would ‘probably have had 20 children and spent her life working in the fields. Instead she won a fellowship at Harvard where she received an MA in Public Administration. On returning to Uganda, she was asked by the newly installed president to go back to the north of the country, where she grew, up to try and stop the war raging there. The only way to do that was to convince Joseph Kony to engage in peace talks.

(Photo: Betty Bigombe (R) receives from Dutch ambassador Joke Brandt (L) the Geuzen Medal 2010. Credit: Robert Vos/AFP/Getty Images)

Betty Bigombe spent much of her career trying to negotiate peace with warlord Joseph Kony

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Journalist Maria Ressa20190827

Maria Ressa, the Filipino-American journalist and author was included in Time's Person of the Year 2018 as one of a collection of journalists from around the world combating fake news. Earlier this year she was arrested for "cyber libel" amid accusations of corporate tax evasion. As an outspoken critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, her arrest was seen by the international community as a politically motivated act by the government.

(Photo:Chief Executive Officer of Rappler Maria Ressa. Credit: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Filipino-American journalist and author Maria Ressa is one of a few combating fake news

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Journalist Maria Ressa2019082720190828 (WS)

Maria Ressa, the Filipino-American journalist and author was included in Time's Person of the Year 2018 as one of a collection of journalists from around the world combating fake news. Earlier this year she was arrested for "cyber libel" amid accusations of corporate tax evasion. As an outspoken critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, her arrest was seen by the international community as a politically motivated act by the government.

(Photo:Chief Executive Officer of Rappler Maria Ressa. Credit: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Filipino-American journalist and author Maria Ressa is one of a few combating fake news

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Journalist Maria Ressa2019082720190831 (WS)

Maria Ressa, the Filipino-American journalist and author was included in Time's Person of the Year 2018 as one of a collection of journalists from around the world combating fake news. Earlier this year she was arrested for "cyber libel" amid accusations of corporate tax evasion. As an outspoken critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, her arrest was seen by the international community as a politically motivated act by the government.

(Photo:Chief Executive Officer of Rappler Maria Ressa. Credit: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Filipino-American journalist and author Maria Ressa is one of a few combating fake news

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Journalist Maria Ressa2019082720190831 (WS)
20190828 (WS)

Maria Ressa, the Filipino-American journalist and author was included in Time's Person of the Year 2018 as one of a collection of journalists from around the world combating fake news. Earlier this year she was arrested for "cyber libel" amid accusations of corporate tax evasion. As an outspoken critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, her arrest was seen by the international community as a politically motivated act by the government.

(Photo:Chief Executive Officer of Rappler Maria Ressa. Credit: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Filipino-American journalist and author Maria Ressa is one of a few combating fake news

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Michelle Bachelet: Chile's first female president20190903

Michelle Bachelet's father died after being detained and tortured during the first year of General Pinochet's dictatorial rule in Chile. More than 40 years later, Michelle became Chile's first female president. Lyse Doucet hears the story of her remarkable life.

(Photo: Michelle Bachelet. Credit: Chris Wattie/Reuters)

How Michelle Bachelet rose to be the first woman to serve as president of Chile

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Michelle Bachelet: Chile's first female president2019090320190904 (WS)

Michelle Bachelet's father died after being detained and tortured during the first year of General Pinochet's dictatorial rule in Chile. More than 40 years later, Michelle became Chile's first female president. Lyse Doucet hears the story of her remarkable life.

(Photo: Michelle Bachelet. Credit: Chris Wattie/Reuters)

How Michelle Bachelet rose to be the first woman to serve as president of Chile

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Michelle Bachelet: Chile's first female president2019090320190907 (WS)

Michelle Bachelet's father died after being detained and tortured during the first year of General Pinochet's dictatorial rule in Chile. More than 40 years later, Michelle became Chile's first female president. Lyse Doucet hears the story of her remarkable life.

(Photo: Michelle Bachelet. Credit: Chris Wattie/Reuters)

How Michelle Bachelet rose to be the first woman to serve as president of Chile

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Vaira Vi\u0137e-freiberga2019081320190814 (WS)

This five-part series features in-depth interviews with remarkable women who have played a major role in the democratic process. Lyse meets women from across the globe, including from Latvia, Chile, Uganda and the Philippines. She hears their reflections and shares her own experiences in reporting from some of these countries.

Episode 1 – Vaira Viķe-Freiberga
Vaira Viķe-Freiberga became the first female president of Latvia in 1999, just eight months after returning to the country she left 54 years earlier. A dramatic childhood saw her leave Riga with her family in 1944, aged 7, after the Soviet invasion. After a spell in German refugee camps and some schooling in French Morocco, she and her family moved to Canada when she was 15. Vaira studied psychology and pursued a professional career at the Department of Psychology at the University of Montreal. She won many awards for her distinguished work in humanities and social sciences before returning to her homeland – and becoming president a mere eight months later.

Lyse Doucet interviews remarkable women who have changed democracy around the world.

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Vaira Vi\u0137e-Freiberga: The first female president of Latvia2019081320190817 (WS)
20190814 (WS)

Vaira Viķe-Freiberga became the first female president of Latvia in 1999, just eight months after returning to the country she left 54 years earlier. A dramatic childhood saw her leave Riga with her family in 1944, aged seven, after the Soviet invasion. After a spell in German refugee camps and some schooling in French Morocco, she and her family moved to Canada when she was 15. Vaira studied psychology and pursued a professional career at the Department of Psychology at the University of Montreal. She won many awards for her distinguished work in humanities and social sciences before returning to her homeland – and becoming president a mere eight months later.

(Photo: Former President of the Republic of Latvia Vaira Vike-Freiberga speaks at the 2015 Concordia Summit at Grand Hyatt New York. Credit: Leigh Vogel/Getty Images)

Vaira Vi\u0137e-Freiberga became president of Latvia in 1999 and re-elected in 2003

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Vaira Viķe-Freiberga became the first female president of Latvia in 1999, just eight months after returning to the country she left 54 years earlier. A dramatic childhood saw her leave Riga with her family in 1944, aged seven, after the Soviet invasion. After a spell in German refugee camps and some schooling in French Morocco, she and her family moved to Canada when she was 15. Vaira studied psychology and pursued a professional career at the Department of Psychology at the University of Montreal. She won many awards for her distinguished work in humanities and social sciences before returning to her homeland – and becoming president a mere eight months later.

(Photo: Former President of the Republic of Latvia Vaira Vike-Freiberga speaks at the 2015 Concordia Summit at Grand Hyatt New York. Credit: Leigh Vogel/Getty Images)

Vaira Vi\u0137e-Freiberga became president of Latvia in 1999 and re-elected in 2003

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.

Vaira Viķe-Freiberga became the first female president of Latvia in 1999, just eight months after returning to the country she left 54 years earlier. A dramatic childhood saw her leave Riga with her family in 1944, aged seven, after the Soviet invasion. After a spell in German refugee camps and some schooling in French Morocco, she and her family moved to Canada when she was 15. Vaira studied psychology and pursued a professional career at the Department of Psychology at the University of Montreal. She won many awards for her distinguished work in humanities and social sciences before returning to her homeland – and becoming president a mere eight months later.

(Photo: Former President of the Republic of Latvia Vaira Vike-Freiberga speaks at the 2015 Concordia Summit at Grand Hyatt New York. Credit: Leigh Vogel/Getty Images)

Vaira Vi\u0137e-Freiberga became president of Latvia in 1999 and re-elected in 2003

Investigating global developments, issues and affairs.