The Female Fighters Series pairs female writers with women who are fighting, or have fought, in armed resistance movements worldwide to bring to light the distinctive personalities, politics, and circumstances of participation. This Guernica series is in partnership with the Politics of Sexual Violence Initiative. Its early pieces drew on support from V-Day: A Global Movement to End Violence Against Women and Girls.
Women’s recruitment into Pakistan’s elite commandos, formed in response to post-9/11 terrorism, was not driven by a desire for diversity in the workplace, but by the need to conduct raids and arrest militants without alienating local communities.
The activist-scholar talks about black women and militancy, and whether guns have a place in struggles for liberation.
The knee-jerk response to militarized women is dismissal and condemnation. Instead, the founder of V-Day argues, it is time to reexamine their stories and understand their wrath.
In search of the female extremist, somewhere between fantasy and fear.
In Colombia, a female fighter on life after FARC.
The Cuban revolutionary Celia Sánchez remains an enigma, despite, or because of, her place at Castro’s side.
One woman flees Boko Haram. Another seeks it out.
The work of five poet-warriors embodies poetry as op-ed, poetry as resistance, poetry as a call to arms, and poetry as a call to poetry. (Read the poems discussed here.)