Women and War

How does war affect women's lives? Beyond the headlines and the history books, how do women cope with the horrors of war?

If you're looking for stories of women's experiences, two online projects are documenting them. Imagining Ourselves, a project of Global Fund grantee, The International Museum of Women, has launched their newest exhibit, War and Dialogue. The exhibit features stories written by young women in Iraq, India, Israel, Lebanon, Pakistan and the United States. The interactive exhibit invites you to join the conversation and share your thoughts.

Women Living with War is another site collecting both women's stories and visual art commenting on war. Lebanese author of Women of Sand and Myrrh, Hanan al-Shaykh writes,

I ought to refuse to scrub the floor or prepare the food, make the bed or water the plant pots. I should let everything in the place die a slow death, and my father and mother would also do better if they stopped eating and living, for why should life continue inside the home when everything outside is collapsing? The apartment itself should fall down, too. Then it could be seen how war pervades the whole of Lebanon.



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