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War Is Not Over When It's Over: Women and the Consequences of Conflict

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From the renowned authority on domestic violence, a startlingly original inquiry into the aftermath of wars and their impact on the least visible victims: women

In 2007, the International Rescue Committee, which brings relief to countries in the wake of war, wanted to understand what really happened to women in war zones. Answers came through the point and click of a digita
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by Metropolitan Books (first published August 30th 2010)
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I quote some graphic excerpts in the review below. If you have a low threshold for such, skip the blockquotes. You’ve been warned.

It is impossible for me to objectively review this book for the reason that I do not think it’s possible for any sane human being to justify war, violence, or any culture or tradition that denies a voice to half of our species if they read this book. (Or similar ones: From my own bookshelf I can list The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East and
Linda Robinson
Nov 23, 2010 Linda Robinson rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Joanne - is from Canada
This book was so difficult to read.
This book raises the neglected issue behind violence against women throughout the world: warfare. My only qualm with the book, so far, is that it immediately comes off as almost a propagandist tool for the IRC. This is not to discredit the great work that the IRC does for refugees around the world, but Jones could definitely do without the advertisement she splays out throughout her writing. Otherwise, it's a great read and does a wonderful job of explaining the the root (or as closely as possib ...more
May 27, 2011 Jessie rated it really liked it
"We carried out the photo project to see what ordinary women think about in the aftermath of war, and we found blueprints for peace."
Author Ann Jones traveled to some war ravaged countries who are still experiencing extreme violence in the aftermath of war. In this book she travels to Cote d'Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Thailand (Burmese Refugees), and the Middle East where Iraqi Refugees have spilled into Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. She and her group gives dig
Courtney Phelps
Apr 25, 2012 Courtney Phelps rated it really liked it
I have a soft spot for the subject matter, particularly as her project mirrors what I did for my Masters project in West Africa. It's obviously written for a pretty wide audience with the idea of influencing/moving the international population. And I found her seemingly fervent defense of the UN and the power of its resolutions puzzling in comparison to her work's focus on grassroots participatory action--seemed to be a recognition that only attitude change within communities is effective. Howev ...more
Aug 20, 2012 Lori rated it really liked it
This book gives a great introduction to the history of wars in Africa, as well as Burmese refugees in Thailand and first hand accounts of the impact of the Iraq war. Using a mixture of history and personal accounts, it opened my eyes to how war time re-socializes a community. And with that, understanding that the outcome of war is much more impactful than I realized. For example, if rape becomes a new normal during war, it will carry on after the war is done as well.

Worth reading...even if you o
Suzanne Auckerman
Feb 13, 2011 Suzanne Auckerman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another DEAD ON book from a great reporter. Every person in the world should read this book or have it read to them and those that don't get it be castrated. I would be happy to manage this project pro bono.

Women in America fought for rights in the 70s in the US and were never able to engage black women in the US. Most of us considered them "other" and dropped the ball, not ever moving forward to what is going on around the world.

This book is good wake up call
Mar 23, 2011 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Extremely powerful book, and well worth the read, though at times, reading about the atrocities described in the book left me in physical and mental anguish. I was expecting it to be more academic, and not so much of a retelling of Ann Jones' experiences doing the Global Crescendo Project, but the impact of the stories she recounts and the project itself ends up being extremely powerful. I give it 4 stars worth of gut-wrenching, eye-opening impact.
May 25, 2015 Carrie rated it really liked it
This book didn't really tell me anything I didn't know, but it was an interesting first hand account of what happens after war is supposedly over. Especially to the women and children who are just trying to cook and clean and educate.

It was interesting because the author was extremely biased, but I agreed with her.
Nov 10, 2010 Heather rated it liked it
This book was a bit difficult to read at times because of the disturbing nature of the content. That being said, I think it is important to learn about the treatment of women worldwide. The conditions under which many women are forced to live are simply appalling. It really makes one grateful for the great country we live in and the rights granted to us.
Anne Bradley
Jun 14, 2015 Anne Bradley rated it really liked it
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This book messed me up. I am pondering blogging about it for real, but here is a quote that might serve as one example:

"'....their lives are so difficult and so sad. I can't help feeling depressed.' 'You should feel depressed," she said. 'Your country did this.'"
Feb 14, 2015 Greynomad rated it really liked it
It is so depressing reading this book when you learn of the violence against women. And will it ever change not in my life time……..I just can not understand why men have to take their frustrations out against women and children. Most likely as they will not strike back….
Molly Bear
Mar 04, 2013 Molly Bear rated it it was amazing
A fantastic read! Well organized and and hauntingly captivating. Jones does an excellent job weaving bits of history and her own experiences into the book, whilst respecting and allowing the women's stories from the photo projects to carry the bulk of the narrative.
May 10, 2016 madeline rated it liked it
read bits and pieces of this for FST.... i had difficulty stomaching the horrific realities and striking pain. but moving. oh this text was so moving.
Shandy Potes mangra
Nov 30, 2015 Shandy Potes mangra rated it really liked it
Loved its format. Very informative about consequences of war on women and family health. Interested in reading similar books by the same author
Oct 07, 2011 Julia rated it it was amazing
I learned so much while reading this book while gaining an appreciation for the work of IRC. I will be looking into more of her books.
Steph Sestito
Sep 05, 2014 Steph Sestito rated it it was amazing
Thought-provoking and honest about often overlooked post conflict problems. Highly recommended for anyone interested in development or social justice.
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Author of Kabul in Winter: Life Without Peace in Afghanistan, Ann Jones is a journalist and activist for womens rights around the globe. She is currently working on a book about women, war, and photography.


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