The Women's War is the gripping true story of a Danish female soldier's tours to the Helmand Province in Afghanistan between 2007 and 2009. There she comes into contact with the Afghan women who are fighting against oppression, domestic violence and the horror regime of the Taliban, and together they initiate a covert collaboration. The women receive the necessary aid to establish dressmaking rooms, beauty salons, chicken farms and other projects while being aware of the fact that the international military forces are their only chance to get rid of the Taliban.
The Women's War emerged out of the friendships built by a soldier with Afghan women who helped the international military forces in unexpected ways. It is a book by a woman in the armed forces about what war does to women, about the looming risk of taking chances in wartime and about grief over fallen friends, but more importantly, it is about how women in one instance found the will to not only survive but to make something out of the terrible conditions that war brings.
Contents: Nargiss and the Guns
PART I From Home to Helmand
The First Patrol Taliban Land The Desert Sea The Girls’ Room Two Women of Gereshk Suicide and Poverty The Widow of Lashkar Gah The Taliban Project The Day We Became Mortal Gary’s Bomb Office In the Doghouse The Second Women’s Shura Glass Beads and Arms from Iran Women and the Law Unfinished Business The Third Shura Called Home Hercules 210 to Bastion Goodbye, Nargiss The Last Patrol Thank the Mothers
PART II Through the Glass Doors
Don’t Rock the Boat Men of the Future Reunion Radio in a Box A Helping Hand The Clinic Gary and the Governor The Town at the Crossing The Road to Kandahar Journalists on the Warpath Seeds of Terror Spinning in a Burka The Money Game The Mayor and the Journalist Democracy and Fear All Change A Prayer for Gulaley Helmand and Home