Our Women on the Ground
Nineteen Arab women journalists speak out about what it’s like to report on their changing homelands in this first-of-its-kind essay collection, with a foreword by CNN chief international anchor Christiane Amanpour.
A growing number of intrepid Arab and Middle Eastern sahafiyat – female journalists – are working tirelessly to shape nuanced narratives about their changing homelands, often risking their lives on the front lines of war. From sexual harassment on the streets of Cairo to the difficulty of travelling without a male relative in Yemen, their challenges are unique – as are their advantages, such as being able to speak candidly with other women at a Syrian medical clinic, or with men on Whatsapp who will go on to become ISIS fighters, rebels or pro-regime soldiers. In Our Women on the Ground, these women tell us, in their own words, about what it’s like to report on conflicts that (quite literally) hit close to home.
Including essays by: Donna Abu-Nasr, Aida Alami, Hannah Allam, Jane Arraf, Lina Attalah, Nada Bakri, Shamael Elnoor, Zaina Erhaim, Asmaa al-Ghoul, Hind Hassan, Eman Helal, Zeina Karam, Roula Khalaf, Nour Malas, Hwaida Saad, Amira Al-Sharif, Heba Shibani, Lina Sinjab, and Natacha Yazbeck
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About Our Women on the Ground:
‘A remarkable book. The voices of these trailblazing women are even more vital today, when the region’s upheaval cannot be explained without local, and especially female, perspectives’, Hassan Hassan, New York Times bestselling co-author of ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror .
‘An intimate glimpse into the courage and pressures bearing on the determined women who report on their own homelands… These sahafiyat are observers as well as insiders… while the women display remarkable resilience, they also speak of dilemmas and loss with heart-breaking clarity. Each has made great sacrifices and is trying to process where she stands’, Chatham House