Segments in this Video

Women and Post-War Reconstruction (01:08)


It is men primarily who start wars, fight in them, and then negotiate fragile peace agreements. Women and children constitute 80% of those forced to abandon their homes as a result of war

Torture of Women in South Africa (01:13)

Soweto, South Africa: Women were tortured under Apartheid. The country's brutal security practices invaded the lives of women. When their men disappeared, women suffered the agony of not knowing what would happen to hem.

Death of a Child (01:21)

A South African woman tells the story of her son who was first detained with other children and then was found dead. War destroys the fabric of family life

Relocation of Women (00:59)

During war, women and children are relocated to rural areas without any means of support. They must raise not only their own children but also the larger extended family.

War and the Domestic Front (00:43)

Because women are so integral to the domestic front, they are increasingly threatened by war strategies that threaten homes and lands.

Personal Tragedy of War (01:29)

A widow in Sarajevo recalls the fear and devastation on the day war started. Her home was destroyed as she and her children cowered in the basement.

Hidden Family (00:59)

For eight months, a family remains hidden in their basement in Sarajevo. They pass the time by imagining the outside world and world travel.

Havoc of War (01:29)

The havoc of war in the former state of Yugoslavia dislocated thousands of people. Most of the refugees were women, small children, and the elderly. Many women were raped.

Women, War, and Rape (01:33)

Women and men suffer different kinds of horror during war. A medical clinic aims to provide help for women traumatized by the war. Women found the courage to talk about the rapes. Rape is a war strategy.

Palestine/Israel Conflict (00:60)

While Jews from all over the world have been persecuted and have a legitimate need to find a home where they are safe, it was not legitimate to take land from another group of people.

Persecution of Palestinians (01:53)

A Palestinian family gets a permit to build a house. Soldiers arrive one day, beat up the husband, fire tear gas into the home with elderly and children, and then tear the house down.

Militarization in Israel (02:00)

Israeli women are shut down by their husbands, who do not want them to speak about social justice. Militarization in Israel shuts women out from equality, education, and development.

Soldiers' Abuses (01:12)

Soldiers are encamped above a woman's house. One soldier undresses, and she runs into the street.

Man's Inhumanity to Man (01:06)

Soldiers ostensibly in place to protect Palestinian homes abuse the space and the people. Israeli military training causes young men to detach themselves from individuality.

Dependency Upon Military (01:26)

The Israeli conflict is based not so much on information as it is on a dependency upon the military to protect the people from any and all threats, real or perceived. Politicians operate from ideology and not conscience.

African Refugee Camps (01:01)

In northern Uganda, thousands of people wait for a brutal war to end that has raged across the countryside for more than a decade. The ravages of war destroy the fabric of society.

Risks to Refugee Women (01:09)

In a Ugandan refugee camp, food and fuel are scarce. Rebels outside the camp roam the countryside. Daily, women are forced to leave the camp and face the risks of abduction and rape.

Children as Cannon Fodder (01:43)

Sudan-based rebel soldiers abduct children as young as 11 and force them to bear arms and to fight. Some children are used as posters or sex slaves. A child recalls her training in a Sudanese camp.

Children Damaged by War (01:11)

Over 14,000 children have been abducted by rebel soldiers. Of these, 5000 have managed to escape. A small group of Ugandans help these children endure the horrors they have observed, experienced, and perpetrated.

Rebel Abductions and Abuse (01:03)

Many rebel soldiers abduct women to make them their wives. They mistreat them horribly and sometimes beat them to death. In an educational center, rescued women learn trades.

Return to Normality (01:02)

A dedicated teacher looks for ways to bring some semblance of normality into the lives of girls who were abducted by rebels.

Poverty, Fear, and Hate (01:01)

A generation of Ugandan children have never experienced peace. Daily, they fear what will happen to them and their families. If war ends, thousands of people will have to re-establish their lives.

Societies in Transition (01:37)

Societies in transition must confront the dual challenges of revenge and reconciliation. In South Africa, more than 20,000 apartheid victims and 7000 perpetrators told their stories.

Truth Commission (01:01)

The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was set up by the Government of National Unity to help deal with what happened under apartheid. Victims find it hard to forgive and forget.

Societal Perception of Women (01:31)

For victims of apartheid mistreatment, healing is a long process. The TRC uncovered many truths of apartheid, but not enough attention has been paid to women who are the victims or perpetrators of human rights abuses.

Women Before the Truth Commission (01:09)

In South Africa, women's groups wanted to insure that their voices would not be absent from TRC proceedings. They persuaded the TRC to hold special women's hearings.

South African Woman's Horror Story (01:05)

A South African woman recounts the abuse and horror of her arrest and rape. Her white captors accused her of terrorism. Many women were unable to talk about sexual abuses because of shame and humiliation.

South Africa's Degradation (00:56)

Testimonies of women before the TRC reveal that there was no degradation that the country did not stoop to. The country reveals its violent center and its belief in the subordination of women.

Men and the Meaning of Manhood (01:05)

Unfortunately, men from poverty as well as militarized men develop skewed views of what it means to be a man. Even today, there is no place in society for many black South Africans. Domestic abuse is rampant.

South Africa: Violence Against Women and Children (01:06)

Violence against women and children in South Africa is rampant. Most of the violence takes place in private homes. A women's crisis center helps rural women deal with domestic abuse.

Women vs. Oppression (00:60)

Decades of apartheid violence have left many people brutalized and communities in disorder. Some women are working to inspire others to challenge the circumstances of their lives. They grapple with oppressive customs and beliefs.

Women Survivors (01:24)

Women who have survived war already have a major victory. They are no longer victims. A woman who is separated from her children reveals that she once tried to kill herself.

Psychologists Aid Women (01:13)

A shelter staffed with psychologists helps women come to terms with their experiences during the war. During wartime, women's roles change. After the war, they are expected to slip back into their former roles of subjugation.

From War to Solidarity (01:14)

Women who live in war and post-war zones are continually dealing with the conflict and its aftermath. They empower other women to transform fear and guilt into a language of solidarity and cooperation.

Palestinians Suffer Abuse (00:60)

A Palestinian family has been warned, along with thousands of others, that their home would be demolished. Bulldozers arrive and demolish the home. The Peace Movement rebuilds the home.

Peace Movement (01:04)

After volunteers rebuild a Palestinian home that was demolished, the family dedicates the home to peace.

Peace Through Cooperation (01:44)

Two women's associations, one in Palestine and one in Israel, serve as models of understanding and autonomy for their countries. Can Palestine and Israel live as separate states in peace?

Future of War (01:30)

As the new century dawns, there seems to be an inevitability about the spread of war. The effects of local war, destruction of society, growth of refugee populations, spread of disease, and damage to the environment threaten the globe.

For additional digital leasing and purchase options contact a media consultant at 800-257-5126
(press option 3) or

Women and War

DVD Price: $169.95
DVD + 3-Year Streaming Price: $254.92
3-Year Streaming Price: $169.95



Interwoven with gripping footage from recent conflicts in the Middle East, Bosnia, northern Uganda, and South Africa, this compelling program captures women’s personal experiences of military violence, explains how they survived, and reflects on their growing resistance to war. The women’s feelings of loss, uncertainty, and anguish are expressed through stories of cruelty, degradation, and psychological trauma, while their attempts to achieve reconciliation and rebuild shattered communities demonstrate their positive efforts to create a more peaceful future for everyone. Funded in part by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the International Development Research Centre. (53 minutes)

Length: 53 minutes

Item#: BVL29883

ISBN: 978-0-7365-6353-6

Copyright date: ©2001

Closed Captioned

Performance Rights

Prices include public performance rights.

Only available in USA and Canada.