Ann Jones (born 1937) is a journalist and author of a number of non-fiction books about her research into women's and humanitarian issues: Women Who Kill, Kabul in Winter, Looking for Lovedu, Next Time She'll be Dead and When Love Goes Wrong. She has also written and taken photographs for a number of publications including: National Geographic Traveler, Outside, The Nation, San Francisco Chronicle and the New York Times. The majority of her work and writings centers on women's issues, especially domestic violence. She has provided humanitarian aid around the world, including Afghanistan, Liberia, Sierra Leone and the Ivory Coast.
Women's Violence Issues
Women Who Kill
, originally published in 1980 and then re-printed in 1996 was Jones' first widely-released and read book and included coverage of notable mysteries including that of Lizzy Borden
.. The book led to Jones being interviewed on subjects such as female incarceration, battered wives, and other issues affecting female violence. The book included controversial issues including whether homicide was a woman's last defense if she couldn't get support from others, including the police. Next Time She'll be Dead
, like When Women Kill
, examined known cases of domestic violence and its effect on women, including Hedda Nussbaum
. When Love Goes Wrong
., which Jones co-wrote with Susan Schechter
, was intended as a resource for women suffering from abuse.
Kabul in Winter
, written about Jones' experience in Afghanistan
in 2002 and her observations of a city utterly destroyed by war, warlords and the Taliban
where she felt a need to try and pick up the pieces. While in Afghanistan, Jones drew on her training as an English teacher and helped to re-train the city's teachers, a challenge in a city where more than 95% of the women are affected by domestic violence.Jones is critical of the Bush
administration, especially its policies in Afghanistan, and the ways in which relief funds are used, and her book touches on how those policies made working in Afghanistan somewhat of a challenge.
Looking for Lovedu, chronicles Jones' experience as she travels the length of Africa from Morocco to South Africa and her experiences with border guards, who could not understand her travelling on her own. Jones took the trip with British photographer Kevin Muggleton as a search for South Africa's Lovedu tribe, but the trip ended up to be about far more, including women's issues in present-day Africa.