In1973, Sue Lloyd Roberts joined ITN as a news trainee and went on
to be the UK's first female video-journalist to report alone from
the bleak outposts of the Soviet Union, China and Iran. During her
30-year-long career she travelled the world and witnessed the worst
atrocities inflicted on women. But in observing first-hand the war
on the female race she also documented their incredible
determination to fight back. The War on Women brings to life the
inconceivable and dangerous life Sue led, it tells the story of
Mary Merritt who was imprisoned in a baby laundry in Dublin, and of
Monica, who was trafficked and forced into the sex trade in Bosnia.
She gives voice to Maimouna, the woman responsible for taking over
her mother’s role as the village female circumciser in The Gambia
and provides a platform for the 11-year-old Manemma, who was
married off in Jaipur at the age of six. From the gender pay gap in
Britain to forced marriage in Kashmir and from rape as a weapon of
war to honour killings, Sue has examined humankind’s history and
takes us on a journey to analyse the state of women’s lives today.
Most importantly she acts as a mouthpiece for the brave ones; the
ones who challenge wrongdoing; the ones who show courage no matter
how afraid they are; the ones who are combatting violence across
the globe; the ones who are fighting back. Sue sadly died in 2015,
shortly after writing this book, today she is widely recognised as
one of the most acclaimed television journalists of her generation.
This book is the small tribute to the full and incredible life she
lived and through it these women’s voices are still being heard.