The overwhelming majority of armed conflicts are started and led by men. Although women are rarely at the root of armed conflict, they systematically bear the brunt of its impact. Women’s voices are rarely heard in media coverage of war and conflict and when they are, the tendency is to focus on women as passive victims of fighting. The warring parties, to highlight their own losses or reveal the inhumanity of the ‘other side’, have often used this victimisation as a propaganda tool.

Women On War cuts through the stereotypes to show how war really affects women. Going to today’s war zones, we meet women who have experienced the reality of conflict at first hand. Through their powerful testimonies, the series reveals the impact of war on women as individuals, and in their roles as mothers, partners, providers, activists, leaders and even fighters.


Episode 1: Guatemala & DRC
In our first programme we go to Guatemala and the Democratic Republic of Congo and meet women who’ve survived prolonged and brutal conflicts.


Episode 2: Afghanistan and Nepal
In the second episode of Women on War we go to Afghanistan and Nepal and meet women from different walks of life who have lived with violence most of their adult lives.