War Causes More Suffering for Women

Zainab Salbioff.After the War: Women in Iraq," off our backs. Journal of Women's History vol. 33, July/August 2003, p. 8.  Print

Salbioff reports very unlikely information in this well researched article. The article is as a result of her visit to the Iraq where she found out that modern women in Iraq are facing worse living conditions than those who lived in Iraq in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. This discrepancy, she reports, has been caused by deteriorating war situation in the country. As the country gets deeper in war as western powers brought the war on terror to the Middle East, women have been affected negatively and continue to suffer. Salbioff discusses the issues of rape and physical violence against women in war torn zones and how this issues have been the most difficult to deal with over time. Salbioff looks at how the living conditions for women have been reduced over last four decades and why this continues to be a war that is not easy to win. She ties to look at the problem from a problem solver’s point of view rather than just reporting the problem.

Samantha, Suchitra. The "War on Terror," and Withdrawing American Charity: Some Consequences for Poor Muslim Women in Kolkata, India: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism Feminism, Race, Transnationalism. Meridians (2004): 137-167. Print

In this article, Samantha Suchitra looks at some of the indirect effects of war on women. Her article discuses her findings and observations that she had after months of living in a slum, in India where an American charity organization had been funding an education program. This article brings a new dimension to understanding the cause and the effect of the way and how women are affected by war. In particular, this article is of importance because it addresses a new area of study with regard to the effects of war. Suchitra addresses these issues in a very detailed manner and creates a good base for further study on the matter. She reports how the American donors withdrew their aid just after the war in terror was started in the Middle East.

Topmiller, Robert. Struggling For Peace: South Vietnamese Buddhist Women and Resistance to the Vietnam War. Journal of Women's History.2005 133-157,193.

This article looks at the terror that woman in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. It brings a new wisdom to the way women in war torn Vietnam were viewed. Robert looks at the roles that women played in stopping Vietnam War and looks at how women were affected by the war. Contrary to what the image of women in Vietnam have been viewed, this article reveals a woman as peace makers and looks at how they used all means to bring the war at a halt. The authored looks at very pertinent issues that affected women and how retrogressive culture was used against women. Robert discusses such things as self emulation by women in Vietnam and how they organized peace campaigns. This article is beneficial because it brings a whole new truth to the reality of war to women and children. While many war reporters report men as the main heroes or culprits of war, this article brings a new dimension to this and reports how women in war torn countries are the actual heroes and how this affects them and their children.

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