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War Is Not Over When It's Over: Women Speak Out from the Ruins of War Hardcover – September 14, 2010

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“Harrowing and important... What Jones brings to the fore here is sadly often overlooked in discussions of the world politic.”
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.”
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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Books (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780805091113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805091113
  • ASIN: 0805091114
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,074,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By wogan TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 4, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Ann Jones has worked as a gender advisor to the UN and has written much concerning the violence done to women; she has been the victim of domestic violence herself from her medal winning father. In this book she works with the International Rescue Committee to investigate what happens to women because of warfare. She gave cameras to women to document their lives and conditions. Her descriptions of women, when given these cameras, who had never even seen one before and the empowerment it brings them will bring a smile to any face.
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.
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Working as a volunteer for International Rescue Committee, Ann Jones traveled in Africa, East Asia and the Middle East. In War Is Not Over she tells individual women's stories, but also fills us in with the back story of U.N. Security Council resolutions

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.
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This is an unprecendeted account of women and girls experiences of war, violence, resilience and healing by those directly affected. Ann Jones's work, facilitated in part by the International Rescue Committee, has helped to bring voice to those most deeply affected by war and violence. The stories of the women and girls in this book - told through their photographs, is compelling, disturbing, deep and shows the depth of women's individual and collective strength and determination.

Thank you for bringing the realities of women and girl's experiences in a war zone to the public eye.
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Wars of recent memory and ongoing: Iraq, Afghanistan, Gaza, Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Burma, Darfur, South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Kashmir, East Timor, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kosovo, Croatia, Bosnia, Chechnya, Georgia, Salvador, Nicaragua, Columbia. Ann Jones, volunteering with the International Rescue Committee, seeking to understand what women in post-conflict zones need, connected with women in Africa, East Asia and the Middle East, giving cameras to women who had no voice, no means to convey what war had done to their lives. Civilians die in these wars far more than soldiers. Even when supposed peace comes, the violence comes home to the women and children who survived. Astoundingly brave women learned to work the cameras, took pictures and told their stories. When cameras couldn't be provided, the women drew their stories. "See, Shoot, Shout." In camps in Thailand, Karenni refuge women took pictures to show what a happy family looked like. There are photos in the book the women took, photographs that made their way to the UN Assembly Hall in exhibition. Ann Jones has made the ending of violence against women and children her life's work. She is a champion, an awesome voice for the powerless who know what peace means, who work in community and risk their lives to get it.
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