Painting by Palestinian artist Malak Matar from Gaza whose work we exhibited in Paris in 2018.

Welcome to Women in War, a non-profit organization and think-tank focusing on the role of gender in armed conflict,founded and registered in Paris in February 2008 by international feminist academics, united by their fight against the injustices of war and conflict. Based in Paris, it has a branch in Beirut.

It is the academic offshoot of our sister humanitarian association FemAid which has been working in war zones since 1993, especially in Bosnia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and DR.Congo, on health and education projects.

Our highly popular Facebook page Women in War posts at least 5 news articles a day on the subject of gender and armed conflict. There is a French version on FB Genre et Conflits Armés

Since the Covid-19 pandemic, we have had to stop live conferences and resort to meetings on Zoom formal and informal and concentrate on exchanges, publications and online consultations.

Since the Taliban take-over of the whole of Afghanistan, we are concentrating on meetings, articles, publications, interviews on the fate of women.
Because of the emergency,we have started a practical project :the Afghan University in Exile with Afghan refugees in exile in October 2021. On one side,Afghan exiles are giving classes and seminars to students in Afghanistan, on the other we have organized secret classes for girls deprived of education by the Taliban.We have started paying out-of-work school teachers to teach the regular curriculum from their home. Heroic teachers and pupils are taking enormous risks for the sake of education
Donations can be given via – via our Fem Aid Paypal account.


We view academic research not as an end in itself but as a means to change the conventional thinking of gender roles  during wars and conflict, through study of past and present, learning  from grass-roots experiences and organizations in order to further progressive change towards women’s rights, especially for post-war reconstruction. Conflict, as intersecting with gender, is understood here in the widest sense: the battle field, the war zone during and after any conflict, protracted war through sanctions, ongoing territorial, political, ethnic tensions, ill-conceived peace treaties, failed tribunals,  belligerent propaganda through the media and education in increasingly militarized societies worldwide. Not forgetting long term victims: those who have been permanently wounded, those who have been raped,  bereaved, widows, widowers, orphans, parents  who have lost children, carers and transgenerational trauma. To this needs to be added environmental damage as a direct consequence of war and increasing poverty caused by an economy based on profit for investors and not on growth  which particularly affect women  and the future of children.

So far all these fields have been subjects of independent study, including by notable feminist scholars and activists. Here, for the first time, we bring them together,  encouraging the new generation to work particularly on the subject of Gender and Armed Conflict, as a field in its own right.

This means:

– Encouraging and organizing conferences, seminar, publications and research on gender and armed conflict bringing together sociologists, anthropologists, historians, activists, psychologists, specialists in human rights and aid and witnesses in conflict zones.

– Collecting and recording women’s experiences during war and strife

– Organizing webinars

– Organizing  conferences on gender and war in conflict zones  since  2014  The first was aptly held in Sarajevo, the second in Beirut the third in Yerevan, the fourth in Odessa and future ones to be announced.

– Participating in conferences and international meetings

Putting in place health and education humanitarian projects with women’s grass-roots associations
– IN DRC for the past 10 years, we have put on professional training for girls in Kisangani and Bukavu and especially self-defence classes for school girls, near Nobel-prize laureate our friend and supporter Dr. Denis Mukwege‘s clinic
– in Afghanistan, secret classes for school girls deprived of education by the Taliban
– Organizing art shows such as two exhibitions in 2018 in the Paris region of Palestinian artists from Gaza: Malak Matar and Leila Kassab.

Which means working with:

– Universities worldwide, especially in war and conflict zones

– National and International aid organizations

– Women’s organizations in war and conflict zones

Any benefits  go to our humanitarian  projects



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Media about Women in War:

interview with Carol Mann (WIBG, Women in and Beyond the Global)

Article on Vox Feminae, a Croatian feminist website; Carol Mann, Nekonvencionalni heroizam Zena u Ratu by Ana Rajkovic .

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