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War Is Not Over When It's Over: Women Speak Out from the Ruins of War Paperback – August 2, 2011
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“Harrowing and important... What Jones brings to the fore here is sadly often overlooked in discussions of the world politic.” ―Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Gripping... This searing exposé on war's remnants convincingly makes the case that gender inequality may be one of the greatest threats to peace.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“While decrying the continuing ‘post-conflict zone' of violence against women…[Jones reveals] their fortitude in the direst of circumstances...[and] provides glimpses of hard-won triumphs.” ―Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Ann Jones, writer and photographer, is the author of seven previous books, including War Is Not Over When It's Over, Kabul in Winter, Women Who Kill, and Next Time She'll Be Dead. Since 9/11, Jones has worked with women in conflict and post-conflict zones, principally Afghanistan, and reported on their concerns. An authority on violence against women, she has served as a gender adviser to the United Nations. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times and The Nation.
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She relates what happened in Cote d'Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, the Congo, Burmese refuges in Thailand, and Iraqi refugees in parts of the middle east. In some instances the project seemed to be successful in lessening the violence that happens to women; but the main effect of reading this book will be to show that with peace, many times violence still comes home to women and children. They are forgotten after war. I do wish there would have been more reference that this happens no matter where you are in the world; although the horrors done to women in some parts of the world, no matter how young they are, being brutally assaulted is almost too horrid to read. For too long women and children have been forgotten concerning these dreadful attacks, no matter what the country or war.
From the first page of the introduction you are drawn in, repulsed, saddened and horrified. It is not an easy subject, but it is reality for all too many. It is a fact that in wars, civilians die in higher numbers than soldiers, but they are also the first victims and too often remain silent because of fear and shame. Men seem to stop attacking each other and then pick the easy targets.Read more ›
Jones consulted with Heidi Lehmann, the head of the UN Gender-Based Violence (GBV) technical unit, who said she wanted to know about the women's hopes and problems and "what international assistance might actually be of help....
Jones was not quite alone when she set out on her year-long journey. She carried with her a goodly supply of guts, empathy, creativity, and a willing ear. She also took with her a few digital cameras. The book begins with her experience in Cote D'Ivoire, one of several African countries she visited. In villages in each country she visited she asked a small group of women volunteers to document their lives in photographs. Then they met to discuss their photos. Few of the women had ever seen a camera before, and most had never spoken publicly. But soon they were organizing the "First-Ever All-women's Photography Exhibition and Celebration" and they invited local "bigwigs" to view it. Each women showed two of her photographs that documented a problem. Next she described the action needed to bring about change.
The project was designed to help women develop skills in "observation, analysis, articulation" and the "confidence needed to advocate for themselves." Those goals were achieved, yet Jones had some misgivings. "... some opened up," she says. "But the stories were so awful, I wondered if the world could bear to hear them."
I forced myself to "hear" those stories in the pages that follow. Photos in the book record some of the hard-to-see events in the women's lives.Read more ›
Thank you for bringing the realities of women and girl's experiences in a war zone to the public eye.
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The naked truth about the true consequence of war...no glory here...if all making policy decisions as well as the citizenry at large would read this book... Read morePublished on January 21, 2014 by rae williams
Eye-opening, heart-wrenching, and just... incredible. An extremely worthwhile read and a book you can't put down.
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Appreciating this Author's writing style, Ms. Jones's tone has an abundance of spunk that instinctively appeals to me. Being a NPR listener for only a short while I heard Ms. Read morePublished on June 9, 2013
This book is difficult to read. It tells of the awful things that people do to each other, in particular what men do to women. It is a blunt look at our world. Read morePublished on June 8, 2013 by B. Kent Harrison