When Robert Evans was reporting from Syria, he was embedded with a group of women who were fighting in the Kurdish Revolution. It was here, in Northeast Syria, that Evans found hope: In a region known as Rojava, he found 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 are credited with beating ISIS. And they did, in fact, defeat ISIS—but their military successes were just part of the story.
This is where the new iHeartRadio Original Podcast, “The Women’s War” begins. It’s hosted by Evans, a notable investigative journalist for Bellingcat and the author and host of another popular iHeartRadio podcast, “Behind the Bastards.” And in this podcast, Evans introduces his listeners to the women who fought for the future of the human soul.
This intimate new miniseries includes interviews with women revolutionaries from a number of different backgrounds, including militia women who fought ISIS at point-blank range and judges and policewomen who, following Syria’s civil war, are trying to build a new, fairer system from their country’s ashes. Evans also talked to farmers, small business owners and community organizers fighting to rewrite the role of women in their society.
What’s more, this podcast is a great example of how podcasting can play a crucial role in expanding listener empathy and understanding of life in war zones. Head over to iHeartRadio today to hear the first episode of “The Women’s War.”
The Women's War