Women Confronting Death: War Widows' Experiences in the South Caucasus

TitleWomen Confronting Death: War Widows' Experiences in the South Caucasus
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsZiemer, Ulrike, and Nona Shahnazarian
JournalJournal of International Women's Studies
Date Published2018

This article examines the every-day experiences of widowhood among women in the Nagorno-Karabakh region in the South Caucasus. Since the end of the region's full-scale war in 1994, the self-declared, internationally unrecognized republic has been locked in a protracted conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia. This longstanding conflict has had severe consequences for residents. Sporadic clashes along the border of Nagorno-Karabakh are not a rare occurrence. Thus, for women married to soldiers, confronting death is not rare in the every-day life of the region. The article is intended to open up the hitherto neglected subject of widowhood as affected by violent fighting in this part of the world and to create awareness of the importance of the topic.

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