9 episodes

These are...not optimistic times for most Americans. Across the world, the dangers of climate change and the terror of creeping authoritarianism present an increasing danger to all of us. After covering this degeneration for four years, Robert Evans went looking for hope. He found it in the unlikeliest of places: Northeast Syria, in a region known as Rojava that’s become host to a feminist, anti-authoritarian revolution.

When you’ve heard about these folks in the mainstream media, they’re usually just described as the “Syrian Kurds”, and credited with beating ISIS. They did, in fact, beat ISIS. But their military successes were just part of the story. In The Women’s War, Robert will introduce listeners to dozens of men and women fighting a war for the future of the human soul. 

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    • 4.9, 38 Ratings

These are...not optimistic times for most Americans. Across the world, the dangers of climate change and the terror of creeping authoritarianism present an increasing danger to all of us. After covering this degeneration for four years, Robert Evans went looking for hope. He found it in the unlikeliest of places: Northeast Syria, in a region known as Rojava that’s become host to a feminist, anti-authoritarian revolution.

When you’ve heard about these folks in the mainstream media, they’re usually just described as the “Syrian Kurds”, and credited with beating ISIS. They did, in fact, beat ISIS. But their military successes were just part of the story. In The Women’s War, Robert will introduce listeners to dozens of men and women fighting a war for the future of the human soul. 

    The End of the Women's War

    The End of the Women's War

    Robert, Jake and Khabat interview ISIS brides and their victims in an attempt to understand how Rojava's utopian dreams can co-exist with the brutal realities of terrorism and justice.
    Music: "Bella Ciao" by Astronautalis (feat. Subp Yao & Rickolus)
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    • 1 hr 14 min
    The Women Warriors

    The Women Warriors

    In this episode, we visit a training base for Rojava's all-female militia, and talk to young soldiers about their transition from life as slaves of ISIS, to armed revolutionaries fighting for their freedom.
    Episode Transcript: https://www.thewomenswar.com/
    Music: "Bella Ciao" by Astronautalis (feat. Subp Yao & Rickolus)
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    • 52 min
    On Patrol In ISIS's Old Capital

    On Patrol In ISIS's Old Capital

    In this episode, we travel to the city of Raqqa to meet the male and female co-presidents in charge of its defense and embed with a mixed-gender military unit in the streets of the Islamic State's former world headquarters. 

    Episode Transcript: https://www.thewomenswar.com/
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    • 33 min
    Grandma Law And Revolutionary Sacrifice

    Grandma Law And Revolutionary Sacrifice

    In this episode, we visit an all-women farming commune and a group of grandmas who have taken the task of local law enforcement into their own hands.
    Episode Transcript: https://www.thewomenswar.com/
    Music: "Bella Ciao" by Astronautalis (feat. Subp Yao & Rickolus)
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    • 51 min
    A Town For Women

    A Town For Women

    In Rojava, the desire to build a society free of misogyny has led to the creation of an entire village just for women. From this place, Jinwar, they seek to heal themselves and then their society.
    Episode Transcript: https://www.thewomenswar.com/
    Music: "Bella Ciao" by Astronautalis (feat. Subp Yao & Rickolus)
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    • 42 min
    Law and Order Among The Anarchists

    Law and Order Among The Anarchists

    How does law and order work in a system based on anarchist political theory? In this episode, Robert visits a court for ISIS prisoners and talks to one of the top Judges in Rojava.
    Music: "Bella Ciao" by Astronautalis (feat. Subp Yao & Rickolus)
    Episode Transcript: https://www.thewomenswar.com/
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    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

Josie Donaldson ,

A Serendiptious Listen

The Women's War will no doubt be a podcast I go back to whenever I need to realign my perspective, or to rekindle the fire for justice in my belly. There's so much I want to say but ultimately this incredible work has illustrated how the fight against the patriarchy is the ultimate one. The Women's War reminded me that althrough the immediate threat may differ, what must truly be defeated is the subjugation of women's bodies and minds. Another great piece of work by Robert Evans.

Hanna Kurani ,

Heartbreaking yet wonderful

Robert Evans is a fantastic investigative journalist and War correspondent. I am deeply impressed. Having grown up as a (albeit white) woman in the Middle East this podcast was balm to my soul and brought me to tears several times. What inspiration the people and specifically the women of Rojava are. What fierce beautiful goodness resides in the hearts of people sometimes stuns belief.

Reverend Doctor Hubbard ,

No Pasaran

Despite being known as a comedy writer and his Hunter S Thompson like persona, Robert Evans is a damn good investigative journalist and war correspondent. Despite what appears to be the end of the Revolution in Rojava, The Women’s War can show people an alternative to this brutal and cold world. Otto von Bismarck once wrote to never let a crisis go to waste, and that doesn’t just apply to those in power.

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