Heed Their Rising Voices: Conflicts and The Politics of Women’s Representations

Maha Bashri, Prospera Tedam

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Conflicts and wars have many parallels wherever they occur around the world. For many people worldwide, the media is the most important source of information on these conflicts and their effects on vulnerable groups such as women and children. Women’s experiences in particular mirror the atrocities of war zones. Yet, it is certain women whose stories and voices are amplified the most by the media. The war in Ukraine in comparison to ongoing conflicts in countries such as Afghanistan and Syria garnered more media coverage in a shorter time span. By reporting on some conflicts while neglecting others and representing vulnerable groups in these selected areas in particular ways, the media influences whose voices get heard and which conflicts are at the forefront. This is especially important in determining the outcome of wars, the amount of global and humanitarian aid vulnerable groups in conflict zones receive, and the success of refugee assimilation in host countries. The following research analyzed studies examining media coverage of Ukrainian, Afghan, and Syrian refugees, particularly women, in the West. The research seeks to unveil the framing patterns found in Western media discourses regarding these refugees, arguing that these frames impact policy and public opinion.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6
JournalJournal of International Women's Studies
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2023


  • Global conflicts
  • Intersectionality
  • Media frames
  • Policy
  • Public opinion
  • Refugees

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies


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