Svetlana Aleksievich, a Russian writer, was awarded Nobel Prize in Literature 2015 for “The unwomanly face of war”.
A title that says a lot.
World War II will never reveal its fullness. There is another reality behind the acts of weapons, atrocities and monstrous crimes committed against civilians. Thousands of Soviet women were sent to the front against the Nazi enemy. Svetlana Aleksievich devoted seven years of her life to collecting the testimonies of women, many of whom were just out of childhood at the time. Abandoning the silence in which they found refuge, these women finally dare to present the war as they lived it.
What is the connection between feminism and the humanitarian disasters caused by war? There doesn’t seem to be any, but there is. And a very deep one.
Mihaela Miroiu explained it in the book “Convenio” – what happens when women’s rights are systematically violated? What happens when women are kept away from the political decisions of the world’s elders? Wars, horrific war crimes, natural disasters, ecological disasters.
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