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Sue Lloyd-Roberts joined ITN in 1973 as a news trainee, she went on to become the UK's first female video-journalist, reporting alone from the bleak outposts of the former Soviet Union and China. With a 30-year-long career in human-rights journalism, she has travelled the globe and witnessed the worst atrocities inflicted on women. Observing first-handthe war on the female Sue Lloyd-Roberts joined ITN in 1973 as a news trainee, she went on to become the UK's first female video-journalist, reporting alone from the bleak outposts of the former Soviet Union and China. With a 30-year-long career in human-rights journalism, she has travelled the globe and witnessed the worst atrocities inflicted on women. Observing first-handthe war on the female race, she's experienced and interacted with the brave ones who fight back. This is a breath-taking and visceral narrative, interweaving the real-life experiences of the heroines combating gross inequality. It is an examination of how women are treated across the globe: from the pay gap in the UK and the laundries in Ireland, to gender discrimination in Saudi Arabia and female genital mutilation in Africa. In a world where the issues facing women are so disparate, we're facing a war of varying extremities and this has created a breakdown in the feminist discourse. But through her extraordinary and unique experiences, Lloyd-Roberts starts to build a bigger picture with a pervasive perspective. The book delves into our history and takes us on a journey towards the analysis of the state of women's lives in modern-day society. This is a ground-breaking approach to a global problem; anecdotal evidence bridges the gap between different fights and gradually starts to knit together the battles being fought by the starkly different cultures across the world.


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Sue Lloyd-Roberts joined ITN in 1973 as a news trainee, she went on to become the UK's first female video-journalist, reporting alone from the bleak outposts of the former Soviet Union and China. With a 30-year-long career in human-rights journalism, she has travelled the globe and witnessed the worst atrocities inflicted on women. Observing first-handthe war on the female Sue Lloyd-Roberts joined ITN in 1973 as a news trainee, she went on to become the UK's first female video-journalist, reporting alone from the bleak outposts of the former Soviet Union and China. With a 30-year-long career in human-rights journalism, she has travelled the globe and witnessed the worst atrocities inflicted on women. Observing first-handthe war on the female race, she's experienced and interacted with the brave ones who fight back. This is a breath-taking and visceral narrative, interweaving the real-life experiences of the heroines combating gross inequality. It is an examination of how women are treated across the globe: from the pay gap in the UK and the laundries in Ireland, to gender discrimination in Saudi Arabia and female genital mutilation in Africa. In a world where the issues facing women are so disparate, we're facing a war of varying extremities and this has created a breakdown in the feminist discourse. But through her extraordinary and unique experiences, Lloyd-Roberts starts to build a bigger picture with a pervasive perspective. The book delves into our history and takes us on a journey towards the analysis of the state of women's lives in modern-day society. This is a ground-breaking approach to a global problem; anecdotal evidence bridges the gap between different fights and gradually starts to knit together the battles being fought by the starkly different cultures across the world.

30 review for The War on Women

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jo (The Book Geek)

    I finished this book yesterday, and I've had to sleep on it. I needed time to think what to say. What I'm going to say about this book, I'm sure has probably been said already, numerous amounts of times. This book contains a series of articles from Sue Lloyd-Roberts, about the catastrophic crimes committed by the male species, to women. This book covers various topics from sex trafficking in Russia, women imprisoned in their own homes in Saudi Arabia, the gender pay gap in the UK, genital mutila I finished this book yesterday, and I've had to sleep on it. I needed time to think what to say. What I'm going to say about this book, I'm sure has probably been said already, numerous amounts of times. This book contains a series of articles from Sue Lloyd-Roberts, about the catastrophic crimes committed by the male species, to women. This book covers various topics from sex trafficking in Russia, women imprisoned in their own homes in Saudi Arabia, the gender pay gap in the UK, genital mutilation and honour killings in India. Sue Lloyd-Roberts was a dedicated journalist, and she travelled to parts of the world where others feared to tread. She had one thing in mind when she made these incredible journey's; To expose the inhumane injustices suffered by women at the hands of men. This book definitely exposes the dark side of society and it is something we can certainly all learn from. What amazes me, is some of these people that commit these horrific crimes try to explain their actions by calling it their "Culture" It's not a culture, it's called ignorance. Dogs are treated better than women in some parts of the world. This book was meant to provoke and open peoples eyes. As a feminist, I was deeply sickened and shocked by the content of this book. I consider myself a strong woman, but to know women have to suffer these atrocities on a daily basis, is truly shocking. Sue Lloyd-Roberts was a fearless and remarkable woman, and I'm thankful that her daughter was able to finish this book and to tell us, the readers what an amazing women her Mother was. Thank you.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mikey B.

    This book covers the globe. At the risk of sounding arrogant; overall, women have it pretty well here in North America and Western Europe. The first chapter is on FGM (female genital mutilation). Apparently (as per UNICEF figures, page 19, my book), Egypt has one of the highest rates of FGM (as in 90% of the female population). The author speaks with a woman from Gambia who was slated to become the next circumcizer of young girls in her community, to take over from her mother. She became horrifi This book covers the globe. At the risk of sounding arrogant; overall, women have it pretty well here in North America and Western Europe. The first chapter is on FGM (female genital mutilation). Apparently (as per UNICEF figures, page 19, my book), Egypt has one of the highest rates of FGM (as in 90% of the female population). The author speaks with a woman from Gambia who was slated to become the next circumcizer of young girls in her community, to take over from her mother. She became horrified about taking on this role, abandoned her family, and is trying to seek refugee status in England. Other topics are brought up like arranged marriages and honour killings (the two are inextricably linked). Many of these “traditions” are culturally related and encouraged. The author spoke with an Iman in Gambia who said it was beneficial for women to have FGM. She also speaks with men who want to uphold the honour of their family; the reputation lies most importantly with preserving the purity and virginity of their daughters and sisters. In India rape places the burden of guilt on the women. She is made to feel responsible. In India a girl can be married off at the age of six (I couldn’t believe it). Much of this would seem to be all about control – more so of a women’s sexuality. Men feel they are entitled and have every right to control women – her body, her clothes, her mobility, her behavior. Seeing a woman outside, like in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, provokes and inflames men to despicable acts towards women – they feel the right to grapple, molest and rape. There is a strong need in many countries to educate on gender equality and on consensual sex. Men have to be taught not to see themselves as “entitled” to a woman’s body – and that they have no right to control it. Some, not all, immigrants bring these “traditional” values when they arrive in Western democratic countries – in other words FGM, honour killings and arranged marriages happen in our democracies. At times they will return to their native country to have FGM on their daughters or to set up a marriage, likely to a much older man. Honour killings have occurred – some in Canada. France has put strong laws in place that criminalize FGM – some have been imprisoned. England, the author states, has been lax on this. There was an interesting chapter on women in Argentina who are now grandmothers. Many are still searching for their abducted daughters and sons most of whom were killed during the brutal military dictatorship during the 1970s. Some of these daughters (or daughters-in-law) were pregnant or had small infant children who were given over for adoption by the military junta to “acceptable” parents in the military regime. With the advent of DNA testing since, it is now possible for them to reclaim their grand-children. Some of these grand-children knew or suspected they were adopted. There is also a chapter on “illegitimate” children by unwed mothers in Ireland – where the mothers were kept by the nuns of the Roman Catholic Church and used as slave labour to do laundry for businesses in the village. This is a very sobering, distressing and disturbing - and an outstanding work of journalism giving us many details on the vicious treatment of women worldwide – from sex trafficking in Eastern Bloc countries to the isolation of women in Saudi Arabia who cannot go outside the home without a male guardian. This book was published in 2016 and I fear many of these conditions have hardly improved. My next book will have to be more life affirming.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Martha

    A stunning collection of stories by one of the most prominent video journalists of our time. Before I continue, I should say that there should be a strong trigger-warning on this book. Perhaps it's obvious, but in case it's not, this book covers some of the worst abuses of women across the world - from FGM to sexual violence (in many forms) and honour killings. Strangely, I did not find myself as triggered by this as I do by rape scenes in books; but perhaps that's because it was clear what this A stunning collection of stories by one of the most prominent video journalists of our time. Before I continue, I should say that there should be a strong trigger-warning on this book. Perhaps it's obvious, but in case it's not, this book covers some of the worst abuses of women across the world - from FGM to sexual violence (in many forms) and honour killings. Strangely, I did not find myself as triggered by this as I do by rape scenes in books; but perhaps that's because it was clear what this book was about, rather than being surprised by it in a novel. There are some graphic descriptions, but they are all presented in a factual way, without sensationalism. However, if you are triggered by this kind of content, do not read this book. So, back to the review. Wow. Just, wow. This book ties together stories that Lloyd-Roberts has collected across her decades of work as a campaigning video journalist to form an inarguable picture of how women are derogated and abused across the world. This is such an important work of feminist literature, precisely because it is not presented as feminist literature. This is not a rant by an angry woman (though any woman would be justifiably angry having come face-to-face with the worst examples of humanity) using anecdotes to support her point. This is layer upon layer of facts, evidencing how gender inequality is a global epidemic; not just isolated incidences in a handful of countries. The language Lloyd-Roberts uses is that of a talented, seasoned journalist. It is not sensational or overly emotional, she merely lets the stories and the facts speak for themselves - and boy do they shout from the rooftops. What is alarmingly clear (if we were ever unsure) is that this patriarchal world is forcibly and consistently telling women that their virtue is more valuable than their lives. Whether it's the young women in Saudi Arabia who died after being sent back into a burning building to fetch their headscarves or the women who were worked to death in Irish convents for having children out of wedlock. It's the five-year-old girls undergoing FGM in the Gambia (and others) and the female fetuses being aborted for their gender. Women are consistently imprisoned, abused, and murdered for falling short of misogynistic ideals; while their abusers either go unpunished or are heralded as real men who have done their duty in upholding the ideals of their family/religion/society. In many cases, their abusers are also female; with so many examples of women enforcing the patriarchy because they have no choice, or because they are brainwashed by societies that teach women they are the lesser. Sadly, Sue Lloyd-Roberts passed away before seeing her work published, giving this book a poignancy that it wouldn't otherwise have had. Sue's daughter Sarah not only wrote the introduction, but completed the final chapter about pay inequality in the UK, giving her the opportunity to add more detail about Lloyd-Roberts the mother, as well as the pioneering journalist. Sarah's words were incredibly moving, and her thoughts on the chapter that her mother was never able to finish served as a beautiful example of feminism flowing through generations. We'll never know if Lloyd-Roberts had intended to use modern examples such as Jennifer Lawrence's letter on pay inequality and Laura Bates' Everyday Sexism; but I saw this as the metaphorical torch being passed from one great woman to another. I cannot recommend this book highly enough - it should be mandatory reading for all those working in government and international development as irrefutable evidence of the gender inequality that blights the world. RIP to a great warrior in the war on women.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    I’m sure if you posted the title of this book on Twitter a bunch of people would tell you that there is no war on women. And those people would be wrong. This was the book that Lloyd-Roberts was working on when she died. As such, it is therefore unfinished. A great deal of the information that is covered was also covered by the work that Lloyd-Roberts did for the BBC (and you can easily find these programs on YouTube). The book is focused on British and International cases. In many cases, Lloyd I’m sure if you posted the title of this book on Twitter a bunch of people would tell you that there is no war on women. And those people would be wrong. This was the book that Lloyd-Roberts was working on when she died. As such, it is therefore unfinished. A great deal of the information that is covered was also covered by the work that Lloyd-Roberts did for the BBC (and you can easily find these programs on YouTube). The book is focused on British and International cases. In many cases, Lloyd-Roberts showcases a facet of the war in one place and then applies it also to some communities in the UK. It should be noted that when addressing the interplay with religion, Lloyd-Roberts is careful to place blame on the interpretation of a religion. She covers child brides, forced marriages, rape, trafficking, and the pay gap. She illustrates that the war on women is pretty much worldwide, just taking different forms. But there is also hope as the sub-title indicates, thorough this hope needs the help of others in the global community. This theme starts early with the story of a cutter (FGM) who seeks asylum in the Britain. If any, the book is a call to arms.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    I think this is a must read for everyone. It explores the inequality of women on a national and international scale with interviews with such women. Their stories are harrowing and you can't help but to wish to take action and help the women interviewed as well as other women who are in similar circumstances. This book was a real eye opener and explores topics of rape as a weapon, FGM and forced marriage. What really hit me the most was how easily FGM and forced marriages happen in the UK (where I think this is a must read for everyone. It explores the inequality of women on a national and international scale with interviews with such women. Their stories are harrowing and you can't help but to wish to take action and help the women interviewed as well as other women who are in similar circumstances. This book was a real eye opener and explores topics of rape as a weapon, FGM and forced marriage. What really hit me the most was how easily FGM and forced marriages happen in the UK (where I am from) or happen to UK citizens as these are not topics particularly reported on- it made me research policy and current laws on such matters.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mindfully Evie

    One month on after reading this book and I still can't put it into words. I honestly don't think words can even begin to do this book justice. Every word, every chapter, every story, is just as powerful, moving, haunting, and eye-opening as the next. All I can hope is that it reaches more people as EVERYONE needs to read this. It is a book I will never ever forget, nor will I ever forget the name Sue Lloyds-Roberts for all the incredible work she has done. One month on after reading this book and I still can't put it into words. I honestly don't think words can even begin to do this book justice. Every word, every chapter, every story, is just as powerful, moving, haunting, and eye-opening as the next. All I can hope is that it reaches more people as EVERYONE needs to read this. It is a book I will never ever forget, nor will I ever forget the name Sue Lloyds-Roberts for all the incredible work she has done.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Treffers

    This is a book I recommend to people who are still convinced feminism is out of date and unnecessary, feminists of all colour and well, any other human being alive. This book will make you feel anger, shame, grief and sadness. At the same time, it will sparkle a sense of justice in you. The kind that changes systems. Not because of how Lloyd-Roberts wrote this book. She didn't need to write it dramatically. These stories are in themselves so powerful that they almost wrote themselves. From how f This is a book I recommend to people who are still convinced feminism is out of date and unnecessary, feminists of all colour and well, any other human being alive. This book will make you feel anger, shame, grief and sadness. At the same time, it will sparkle a sense of justice in you. The kind that changes systems. Not because of how Lloyd-Roberts wrote this book. She didn't need to write it dramatically. These stories are in themselves so powerful that they almost wrote themselves. From how female fetuses are being systematically murdered in India - leading to a enlarging gap between the male and female population - to Female Genital Mutilation in Egypt and European countries. From rape as a war machine in Congo and Bosnia - a machine not unfamiliar to UN-troops - to worldwide honor killings. Lloyd-Roberts has dedicated her 'testament' to examining all the ways in which women are still suffering from a patriarchal system. She doesn't ask why traditional and religious values are still used to silence and murder women, but perhaps as a journalist, that wasn't her job. Her job was to report. She did, often with her own life at stake. Sue Lloyd-Roberts was a woman as powerful, strong and brave as the women whose stories she told during her astonishing career. And maybe, we should stop asking the why-question behind these patterns all together and just end the massive human rights abuses on women that have been going on way too long under the justification of 'traditional values'.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Faith Limo

    I finished the book with tears. Tears shed for the millions and billions of women suffering around the world and tears shed because the problem didn't seem to cease despite the effort of so many. But that effort was always outweighed by those who tolerate and contribute to gender inequality. This book is emotional, confrontational and brutally honest. But, there are sparks of hope throughout the book - stories about women who have escaped or have dedicated their life to improving the lives of wom I finished the book with tears. Tears shed for the millions and billions of women suffering around the world and tears shed because the problem didn't seem to cease despite the effort of so many. But that effort was always outweighed by those who tolerate and contribute to gender inequality. This book is emotional, confrontational and brutally honest. But, there are sparks of hope throughout the book - stories about women who have escaped or have dedicated their life to improving the lives of women everywhere. My favourite chapter (though it's difficult to choose) would probably be the chapter of Ireland's Fallen Women and the chapter on India and how it is considered the most dangerous place to be born a woman. It's my favourite because it showed how much hasn't really changed. Ireland - which is supposed to be a developed country with a high quality of life -  has a recent history of beating young women, forcing them into labour and stealing their babies away. India, despite its rapid economic growth and industrialisation is still dealing with the mass rape and mistreatment of young girls. The book reiterates the point that in a lot of countries, cows are more valued and treated better than women. I would have liked to meet Sue Lloyd-Roberts. She sounded like such a brave women filled with so much hope and this sense of justice that not a lot of people have. The last chapter was the most emotional since her daughter finished the book reflecting on the influence her mother had on her and on so much women around the world. I think it's safe to say that she is still heavily influencing women through this book. It is a must-read for everyone! Making a Difference Finishing the book, it seemed appropriate to end this little series with how one can personally change the gender inequality around them. The author dedicated her life to highlighting these issues and bringing the wrong to justice After finishing the book, there is this strong obligation to join the fight FOR women. Personally, being a journalist who reports these issues or a UN lawyer who brings these cruel and merciless people before the court, is perhaps how I want to contribute the the fight.Though unlikely, I really really really really hope and want to see the world without gender inequality - without female genital mutilation, without child marriage, without rape. No doubtedly, this will require A LOT of hard work, and sacrifice but it will all be worth it. How do you want to contribute to the fight for women?  

  9. 5 out of 5

    Domhnall

    Sue Lloyd Roberts, often with her trusted cameraman, has travelled to dangerous trouble spots around the world to report first hand on a war that does not get the recognition it merits: the war on women and girls. Quite often the trail of violence starts from or reaches back into the United Kingdom. FGM entails the vicious cutting of female genitals to prevent girls and women from enjoying any aspect of sexuality. This is performed by women on girls in countries across Africa and the Middle East Sue Lloyd Roberts, often with her trusted cameraman, has travelled to dangerous trouble spots around the world to report first hand on a war that does not get the recognition it merits: the war on women and girls. Quite often the trail of violence starts from or reaches back into the United Kingdom. FGM entails the vicious cutting of female genitals to prevent girls and women from enjoying any aspect of sexuality. This is performed by women on girls in countries across Africa and the Middle East, often but not exclusively Muslim, and it is frequently performed in Britain, in facilities ranging from private clinics to rundown council flats. Forced marriage of young girls to complete strangers is commonplace over an even wider stretch, notably across India; any hope for education or an independent life is crushed for ordinary girls and women; there may be exceptions, especially in wealthy families, but they are always very uncertain. Honour killing is a related practice which reflects the absolute physical power of men (brothers, cousins, fathers, uncles) over every female, who may be killed by family members for any perceived or imagined failing; killings are brutal, often public and rarely punished. In Britain as in other countries, terrified women may be concealed for many years in safe houses, protective custody or simply incognito in new locations, but their families and “communities” are relentless in pursuit. Western cultures have their own informal and institutional punishments for “fallen women,” of which the worst, to a large extent, may now have been eradicated, but remain in living memory: the book gives a searing account of the Magdalen Laundries in Ireland, only closed in the 1970s and still subject to astonishing disclosures of brutality, neglect and killings. Girls lost their freedom and their basic human rights for years and even decades in punishment for often trivial lapses, including looking unusually pretty, though a common pretext for incarceration was pregnancy out of marriage, often through rape. In a remarkable way, all these practices so far could be listed as brutal but traditional methods used to enforce strict moral standards, as their defenders claim, though it is a curious concept of morality and not actually justified by the religions of the people responsible. This cannot be said of the use of rape as a tool of warfare, which is described in unbearable terms, alongside which must be considered the global scale of the sex trafficking industry. It is hard to describe as “sex-work” the kidnapping of young women by deception or by brute force, repeated rape and torture to secure compliance, and their use thereafter as sex objects. Trafficked girls and women are to be found in England and Ireland, Denmark and other European countries, Turkey, Israel, the United States and in every third world setting where the United Nations deploys its peacekeepers (who enjoy diplomatic immunity for any and every crime). This is a book to disrupt any smug pretence that violence against women is either a minority concern or the province of less developed societies. Women generally live with a pervading and realistic fear of extreme violence and it is as much a responsibility of governments in the first world as in the third. The pretexts used to evade this responsibility make for difficult reading. Sue Lloyd-Roberts describes a British minister listening to the unhelpful views of men from the “Muslim community” without any regard for the absent voices of women. She accuses politicians of pandering to the perpetrators of violence against women in search of the minority vote rather than confronting the needs of British citizens who are girls or women living in fear of honour killing, and subject to forced marriage or to FGM. She compares the British approach of “multicultural tolerance” to the French approach of insisting on common standards for every citizen and notes French despair that, for example, French girls are taken to England for FGM and prosecutions for FGM which are common in France, are very rare in Britain. She describes the routine subservience of the British monarchy to that of Saudi Arabia, and the total absence of pressure from British governments to alleviate the position of women there. She contrasts the moral cowardice – or outright complicity – of British governments with the courage and the appalling risks – and actual consequences – for women struggling to secure any recognition of their situation let alone an effective remedy. Sue Lloyd-Roberts died prematurely of leukaemia in 2015; the book was completed by her daughter. Since then there has been a continuing, ongoing supply of exposures concerning male violence against women which she would surely have wanted to film and report had she been able to continue. Women continue to take great risks to stand up to male aggression but it is evident that men continue either to feed the violence themselves or live as though it was all invisible or inconsequential. As always, a surprising proportion of women deal with the problem by pandering to the perpetrators and even contributing to the harm done to their sex. Politicians continue to dismiss women’s voices and to refuse them the protection they need. In fact, since 2015 a great many rights, protections and safeguards that women had achieved have started to be dismantled; something that would have seemed unbelievable even a few years ago. This book makes one thing graphically clear. There really is a war on women. It’s a violent, dishonest and shameful war and it is both global and local: taking place in our own towns and streets and demanding that we pick a side.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ayala Levinger

    A very interesting but also difficult book. not in the language. it is not an academic work. Sue Lloyd-Roberts was a journalist and maker of documentaries and in this book she tells in each chapter about another place and another way women are oppressed in the world. But some of the chapters, especially about rape in India and rape as war weapon include some horrific descriptions of rape and it did not help that I just finish it at the 5 years "anniversary" of the famous rape of Jyoti Singh at d A very interesting but also difficult book. not in the language. it is not an academic work. Sue Lloyd-Roberts was a journalist and maker of documentaries and in this book she tells in each chapter about another place and another way women are oppressed in the world. But some of the chapters, especially about rape in India and rape as war weapon include some horrific descriptions of rape and it did not help that I just finish it at the 5 years "anniversary" of the famous rape of Jyoti Singh at december 16 2012. Even though most of the places described in the book are not the enviroment Sue or I come from it is not a "we the enlightened and them the primitives", she gives the voice to the women from the places she filmed. I did learned some new things (and my TRL grew a bit) but mostly that there is no limit to the creativity of men when it comes to oppressing women, abusing and mutilating them. The last chapter about discrimination in the work place seems not finished in comparison to the others but that has a good reason - Sue died of blood cancer before finishing it. I bet she would include sexual harassment at work and maybe emotional labour in it. so the last chapter was lacking but then the after-words of Her daughter and her employer give it a great closure - it becomes also a kind of biography of Sue who I regret not knowing about her and her work (plan on looking up her docu's)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tristan Sherwin

    This is an extraordinarily, powerful and potent read. Rightly, it will churn your stomach, it will make you cry and scream, it’s stories will haunt your every waking and sleeping moment, and it will positively arouse your anger. In the process, it should also completely overhaul your definition of bravery; the courage and stamina of the women highlighted in this book far outweighs the boast of any form of masculinity. You need to read *The War on Women: And the Brave Ones who Fight Back*. You need This is an extraordinarily, powerful and potent read. Rightly, it will churn your stomach, it will make you cry and scream, it’s stories will haunt your every waking and sleeping moment, and it will positively arouse your anger. In the process, it should also completely overhaul your definition of bravery; the courage and stamina of the women highlighted in this book far outweighs the boast of any form of masculinity. You need to read *The War on Women: And the Brave Ones who Fight Back*. You need to tell your friends about it. We all need to walk with our eyes wide open. —Tristan Sherwin, author of *Love: Expressed*

  12. 4 out of 5

    Krutika Puranik

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. // The War on Women by Sue Lloyd-Roberts There are certain books that holds undiluted truth. They reaffirm what we already know and quite often this leaves us heartbroken. The War on Women as the title suggests is about women all over the globe who have been deemed as collateral damage for various laws, rules and wars set by men. Ironic, isn't? Have you heard of the fallen women of Ireland? Where young women were taken in by nuns under the disguise of religion and were given backbreaking work all // The War on Women by Sue Lloyd-Roberts There are certain books that holds undiluted truth. They reaffirm what we already know and quite often this leaves us heartbroken. The War on Women as the title suggests is about women all over the globe who have been deemed as collateral damage for various laws, rules and wars set by men. Ironic, isn't? Have you heard of the fallen women of Ireland? Where young women were taken in by nuns under the disguise of religion and were given backbreaking work all their lives? Working for a piece of break and gruel, all because of having a baby out of wedlock or for being raped. Have you heard of the Pakistani/Kurdish families settled in the UK getting their teenage daughters married off to men of their father's age for merely looking at a boy? The fact that the groom has zero education and mental illness hardly matters. What about the honor killings in Pakistan where girls are murdered by their own family members? Then there's Saudi Arabia and Egypt where women have no rights whatsoever. They live and breathe in houses that are like prisons. Have you heard of the protests in Egypt that eventually leads to women activists being groped and eventually raped? There's sex trafficking in Russia and Genital mutilation in African countries that left me infuriated. And of course, there's also India where daughters aren't given equal status as the sons. Grandmothers looking for their missing children and grandchildren after the dirty wars of Argentina, women who survived the Bosnian War but not without any damage; these real stories have bled onto the pages. Sue involves some of the heroes who made it out alive to tell their stories. Decades have gone by but they expect an apology. For what these nations have done to them. What they have been doing to them. This well researched masterpiece has to be read by all of us to understand what our sisters have faced at the hands of men/religious institutions. While you may already know some of them, there's a lot more for you to learn. Because there's always something is buried in our history books. Something frightening but true nevertheless.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tasha B

    Horrifyingly insightful on the issues faced by women in different countries. Some parts are very heavy, considering it throws you straight in with accounts of female genital mutilation abroad as well as in western countries but also focuses on less traumatic things like how the gender pay gap actually works or lack of understanding of female reproductive systems in oppressive countries. Such an inspirational author and her legacy will proceed to influence people everywhere :)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Fariha

    This book is so incredible and powerful, and exposes the cruelty, abuse, injustice, discrimination suffered by women from Ireland to India - as a result of not only misogyny, but patriarchal values and cultural norms of different societies that place little to very low value on a woman and her life. Through a series of stories, Sue Lloyd-Roberts, the author - who is BBC’s female video journalist (known for her a courageous, intelligent and crafty ways to get herself into and out of tight places) This book is so incredible and powerful, and exposes the cruelty, abuse, injustice, discrimination suffered by women from Ireland to India - as a result of not only misogyny, but patriarchal values and cultural norms of different societies that place little to very low value on a woman and her life. Through a series of stories, Sue Lloyd-Roberts, the author - who is BBC’s female video journalist (known for her a courageous, intelligent and crafty ways to get herself into and out of tight places) gives a platform for marginalised voices to be heard - on issues such as rape, child marriage, honour killing (in the UK too), sex trafficking and violence endured by women globally. An extremely well written book brought alive through the author’s amazing storytelling ability.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Flo

    A friend of mine was in London, she passed by a bookstore, she saw the book and the title caught her attention; she bought it, not knowing anything about it, and she shared it with me and a group of friends. We read it together. Excellent choice, this book struck my heart. It made me aware of the injustices that have occurred against women around the world. It made me think about how to behave to stop violence against our human race. 100% recommended

  16. 4 out of 5

    Oyuttsetsen Bayarsaikhan

    Darkest stories with brightest intentions

  17. 5 out of 5

    Esme Kemp

    Made me fucking depressed and angry about the fact women are just under valued and second class citizens in literally every single country. No hyperbole. Do not read if you’re already feeling hateful towards state of affairs. I have issues re westernised / colonialism and video journalism but need to work through my feelings in regards to this book. Final chapter on sex inequality in the UK is wildly naive, white centric and bare inappropriate, but I understand why it was cathartic and necessary Made me fucking depressed and angry about the fact women are just under valued and second class citizens in literally every single country. No hyperbole. Do not read if you’re already feeling hateful towards state of affairs. I have issues re westernised / colonialism and video journalism but need to work through my feelings in regards to this book. Final chapter on sex inequality in the UK is wildly naive, white centric and bare inappropriate, but I understand why it was cathartic and necessary for her daughter to finish it for her mum. Unfortunately, that chapter serves to undermine all chapters that preceded it (that at least attempt to centre the narratives of young girls and women from Kashmir to DRC) it in its white centric and basic naivety it ends up sounding like a GSCE English paper Why Are White Women Underpaid. Discuss. (12 marks).

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gabrielle Winandy

    One of the most disturbing books I ever read. Sue Lloyd-Roberts was excellent in showing the horrors and the type of brutality that women sometimes have to face in certain countries and cultures. At times, I had to stop reading because it was too much; at one point, my reading was interrupted by horrified tears. It is, nonetheless, an essential book for anyone interested in women’s and human rights. It is a valuable work of journalism to understand and incentivise the fight for equality. And it’ One of the most disturbing books I ever read. Sue Lloyd-Roberts was excellent in showing the horrors and the type of brutality that women sometimes have to face in certain countries and cultures. At times, I had to stop reading because it was too much; at one point, my reading was interrupted by horrified tears. It is, nonetheless, an essential book for anyone interested in women’s and human rights. It is a valuable work of journalism to understand and incentivise the fight for equality. And it’s a perfect example of how Sue Lloyd-Roberts was able to touch people’s lives simply by being herself and doing her job. May she rest In peace.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Katie Rose Hodgson

    Like most non-fiction books about feminist issues, this was an uncomfortable yet important read. If you're going to read this (and I urge everyone to do so!) please take breaks. Each section is very heavy and covers a lot so I found reading a chapter every other day or so was more digestible and better for my mh. Sue's documentaries, articles, movies and books are referenced throughout so I've come away with not only a more in-depth knowledge of the constant injustices in the world, a stronger f Like most non-fiction books about feminist issues, this was an uncomfortable yet important read. If you're going to read this (and I urge everyone to do so!) please take breaks. Each section is very heavy and covers a lot so I found reading a chapter every other day or so was more digestible and better for my mh. Sue's documentaries, articles, movies and books are referenced throughout so I've come away with not only a more in-depth knowledge of the constant injustices in the world, a stronger fire in my belly to help as and where I can but also an interesting list of new things to-be-read and to-be-watched that I can't wait to comb through.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sara Marsden

    The best nonfiction book I’ve ever read. It’s an important look at the injustices women face all over the world. It’s heartbreaking but brilliant. Please please read it

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kayleigh

    I can't find the right words to say how much I enjoyed this book. Each chapter left me in awe when learning how so many woman across the world are treated in such a disgusting way in a male dominated society. I couldn't put the book down. Very much a page turner! I can't find the right words to say how much I enjoyed this book. Each chapter left me in awe when learning how so many woman across the world are treated in such a disgusting way in a male dominated society. I couldn't put the book down. Very much a page turner!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    A harrowing but essential read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Naadirah

    I cannot recommend this book enough. Sue writes beautifully telling the most interesting, heart breaking stories women have had to endure and continue to endure around the world. We've all heard about the issues women face in India and Saudi Arabia, but I was dumbfounded to learn about the involvement of UN peace keepers in human trafficking. It is also astounding to me that even today, some women are fighting for their basic human rights, and have to question their existence in the world. Hearin I cannot recommend this book enough. Sue writes beautifully telling the most interesting, heart breaking stories women have had to endure and continue to endure around the world. We've all heard about the issues women face in India and Saudi Arabia, but I was dumbfounded to learn about the involvement of UN peace keepers in human trafficking. It is also astounding to me that even today, some women are fighting for their basic human rights, and have to question their existence in the world. Hearing these stories makes me feel immensely privileged of the life I have lived, and at the same time it makes me angry, as I should not have to feel privileged for the rights even human being should receive. There is a paragraph in the book that I still cannot stop thinking about. 'I want to scream when I hear him use the word 'tradition' by way of explanation. How many crimes are being committed in the name of tradition the world over? Why, as human kind grows better informed, globalized and apparently more knowledgeable, does the reverence for outdated and inexplicable tradition persist, flouting reason and even the law?' Ultimately, that is what this book does. It makes you think, it makes you feel, and most importantly it makes you want to do something about it!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Salomé Esteves

    This is, without a doubt, one of the best books I have haver read. I cried my way through it, constantly facing the unbelievable stories of women across the globe. As a white European woman, I know I am quite privileged, but "The War on Women" showed me how much on my freedom I daily take for granted. This book was a shower of reality and a punch in the stomach; some of the chapters were particularly difficult to digest and often led to nights of troubled sleep. I can't stop thinking about these This is, without a doubt, one of the best books I have haver read. I cried my way through it, constantly facing the unbelievable stories of women across the globe. As a white European woman, I know I am quite privileged, but "The War on Women" showed me how much on my freedom I daily take for granted. This book was a shower of reality and a punch in the stomach; some of the chapters were particularly difficult to digest and often led to nights of troubled sleep. I can't stop thinking about these women and how it is traditionally accepted that they suffer throughout their existence and how disposable their lives are to so many communities. My heart broke with this book, but maybe it needed breaking. Maybe we all need to learn something. From now on, I'll recommend "The War on Women" to every woman and man I can.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Anyone who thinks feminism is not necessary in the modern world should read this book. Anyone who thinks women are complaining about nothing should read this book. Anyone who thinks the war on women only happens in "far away places" should read this book. Anyone who thinks the war on women is only perpetrated by "people who are not like me" should read this book. Actually, everybody should just read this book before they say anything about women or feminism. Anyone who thinks feminism is not necessary in the modern world should read this book. Anyone who thinks women are complaining about nothing should read this book. Anyone who thinks the war on women only happens in "far away places" should read this book. Anyone who thinks the war on women is only perpetrated by "people who are not like me" should read this book. Actually, everybody should just read this book before they say anything about women or feminism.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alfred Nobile

    This was a series of articles about the atrocities and crimes against women; as a man I'm sorry to say commited by the male of the species. Covering various issues such genital mutilation, the separation of mothers from their babies in so called civilised Ireland. The imprisonment of women in the prison of the home in Saudi Arabia and the sex trade in Russia and Eastern Europe etc. This is but a few of the crimes perpetrated against one half of the world's population against the other. A must re This was a series of articles about the atrocities and crimes against women; as a man I'm sorry to say commited by the male of the species. Covering various issues such genital mutilation, the separation of mothers from their babies in so called civilised Ireland. The imprisonment of women in the prison of the home in Saudi Arabia and the sex trade in Russia and Eastern Europe etc. This is but a few of the crimes perpetrated against one half of the world's population against the other. A must read by everyone, male or female, who consider themselves human beings. I urge all to read this; especially if you are male.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    “Sue wanted us to see different wars of our time, many of them being fought by, and against, women. She fought with them, and for them, until the very end.” This book was difficult to read and one that will stay with me for a long time. A powerful book that shares stories of injustice faced by women across the world, from Ireland and Argentina, to Russia and India. It is told through Sue Lloyd-Roberts brave research as a journalist as she travels to many places that most of us would not go. She w “Sue wanted us to see different wars of our time, many of them being fought by, and against, women. She fought with them, and for them, until the very end.” This book was difficult to read and one that will stay with me for a long time. A powerful book that shares stories of injustice faced by women across the world, from Ireland and Argentina, to Russia and India. It is told through Sue Lloyd-Roberts brave research as a journalist as she travels to many places that most of us would not go. She was determined to share the stories of women’s lives that needed to be told - a remarkable woman who gave a voice to those who had none.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Forsyth

    This was in many ways a very depressing book! But very well written. It is just astonishing that having campaigned and fought for equality for so many years so many women around the world are still enduring subjugation at the hands of men. For anyone looking to get an overview of the conditions and lives women lead across the world I would highly recommend this book. It is very well written and the last chapter packs an emotional punch.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sue Black

    Everyone should read this book. Want to know what life is like for women across the world? This book tells you in a way that makes it compulsive and highly interesting reading. I can't recommend it enough. What an absolute tragedy that Sue Lloyd Roberts is not around to tell us more, thank goodness her daughter was able to finish writing the book and show us what a fabulous woman her mother was. Everyone should read this book. Want to know what life is like for women across the world? This book tells you in a way that makes it compulsive and highly interesting reading. I can't recommend it enough. What an absolute tragedy that Sue Lloyd Roberts is not around to tell us more, thank goodness her daughter was able to finish writing the book and show us what a fabulous woman her mother was.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    READ THIS. incredible stories, excellent writing, and admirable author.

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