[Epub] ↠ Our Women on the Ground Author Zahra Hankir – Valtrex-4.us

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 Correspondent Christiane AmanpourInternational Media Coverage Of The Arab World Is Dominated By The Work Of Western Correspondents Meaning We Often View Stories About Those Complex, Interconnected Conflicts Through One Particular Lens But A Growing Number Of Intrepid Arab Women, Whose Access To And Understanding Of Their Subjects Are Vastly Different Than Their Western Counterparts, Are Working Tirelessly To Shape Nuanced Narratives About Their Homelands Through Their Work As Reporters And Photojournalists In Our Women On The Ground, Nineteen Of These Women Tell Us, In Their Own Words, About What It S Like To Report On Conflicts That Are Quite Literally Close To Home From Sexual Harassment On The Streets Of Cairo To The Impossibility Of Traveling Without A Male Relative In Yemen, Their Challenges Are Unique As Are Their Advantages, Such As Being Able To Speak Candidly With Other Women Or Gain Entry To Places That An Outsider Would Never Be Able To Access Their Daring, Shocking, And Heartfelt Stories, Told Here For The First Time, Shatter Stereotypes About Arab Women And Provide An Urgently Needed Perspective On A Part Of The World That Is Often Misunderstood 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

    10 thoughts on “[Epub] ↠ Our Women on the Ground Author Zahra Hankir – Valtrex-4.us

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    Though my name is on the book, I m rating the gorgeous essays I edited After having read those essays dozens of times over the past two years, they still give me goosebumps, and I remain astounded by their depth.

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    Everyone needs to read this book The writing is gorgeous, the stories by turns heartbreaking, inspiring, and endlessly courageous, and they give western readers a clearer and nuanced picture of life on the ground in the Arab world than I ve ever read before.

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    When ISIS soldiers arrest me and kill me, it will be okay, because while they will cut off my head, I ll still have dignity, which is better than living in humiliation This was the last daring Facebook post of Ruqia Hasan, a citizen journalist based in the Syrian city of Raqqa who was subsequently kidnapped and executed by Daesh in 2015.Hasan, like many across the Middle East, had no formal background or education in journalism, nor was she employed by any media outlet However, like others across the region, she eagerly embraced social media and used it to document her experiences Her Facebook posts provided a chilling insight into life under Daesh s rule, and she paid the ultimate price for it.Journalism in the Middle East, whether by professional or citizen reporters, can often be a game of Russian roulette With the region featuring at the bottom of the World Press Freedom Index, many face harassment, imprisonment, exile or death While white, male war reporters and foreign correspondents dominate Western screens and by lines, the crucial journalistic work done by Arab women often goes unappreciated and, yet, their work is essential to understanding the dynamics of the region.Our Women on the Ground Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World by British Lebanese writer and journalist Zahra Hankir collects personal stories of women who cover the news, from Iraq to Morocco The essays reflect everything from the human cost of war and sexism in the workplace to tackling gender norms and the personal cost of reporting.The challenges women face when covering the Middle East are varied and, at times, oddly contradictory some local media outlets try to prevent their own female employees from reporting certain stories In Eman Helal s essay Just Stop , we learn of her eagerness and tenacity as a photojournalist seeking to cover protests and civil strife in Egypt, despite her senior editor actively trying to stop her from going out on dangerous assignments which are no place for women However, despite attempts to confine her to the office for her own safety , Helal finds that in fact the office is far from a safe space, often having to deal with harassment from her male colleagues.Media environments in the Arab world can be stifling for one s journalistic career, but to be a female journalist in the region also has its advantages Women can often get stories their male counterparts cannot get At the height of conflict in places like Iraq, for example, female reporters were often able to pass through checkpoints and enter militia held areas, which was unthinkable for their male counterparts.These female journalists are therefore able to offer a fascinating insight into spaces rarely open to the outside world One particularly gripping account is offered by Hannah Allam, who managed to enter Imam Ali s shrine in Najaf, southern Iraq, during the US assault on the city in 2004 US troops surrounded the religious compound, while members of the Shia Mehdi Army were battling them in the streets.While all the men were outside fighting, inside the shrine became a sanctuary for women However, the women were not passively hiding from the violence outside, but were in fact undertaking relief efforts It was here that Allam met extraordinary people keeping both the fighters of the Mehdi Army and US soldiers alive, showing empathy to soldiers on both sides of the conflict Allam used her time in Iraq to talk about the effect of war on Iraqi society beyond the explosions we meet Egyptian hairdressers and encounter Iraqis dark humour By doing so, Allam allows the reader to see a side of Iraq that many do not think is worth reporting, even though this tells us about the daily life of Iraqis than much of what is reported The personal impact of covering the Middle East during troubled times comes out in multiple ways for each reporter While some are directly threatened with violence for doing their jobs, others are forced into uncomfortable positions while covering conflict from afar.Hwaida Saad s essay on how her interpersonal relationships with sources in Syria changed over time, as the 2011 Syrian Revolution turned into civil war, captured the dilemma faced by many journalists As sectarianism became salient in Syria, sources who had come to think of Hwaida as a friend became suspicious of her and demanded to know what her sectarian background was Being Lebanese, with her personal experience of conflict in Lebanon, she refused to answer these questions, but found that many of her sources stopped talking to her as a result Personal boundaries cost her sources for stories and even friendships.Our Women on the Ground is a compelling and gripping read it is, however, not an exhaustive compendium on female reporters from the Arab world What the reader is being given is an insight into what is out there, a drop in a very large ocean I have come to regard the book as an introduction into what is possible By the simple act of reading what these women have to say, we are able to visit spaces, places and meet people that are otherwise beyond our reach.The diversity of voices out there is even greater than one book can capture, but where the book succeeds is bringing together different voices, allowing them to tell stories of their own choosing, each one being alluring in its own special way As Zahra Hankir says in the introduction, I created this long overdue anthology because it s a book I desperately wanted to see on bookshelves everywhere If the key to a good book is to produce a book that you would like to read, I think Hankir has created a book that we are all desperate to read.

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    Such an important book that highlights the life of 19 female arab journalists who dared to break the stereotypes in order to be Sahafiyat.Zahra Hankir wrote in the introduction that A Sahafiya is twice burdened and that is exactly why their stories need to be heard , especially with the rise of representation and the dangers of single narratives.

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    Audiofile Review.What an eye opener I wasn t really consuming news about the Arab world as a teenager in the 2000s, so this really helped fill in some blanks I really appreciate how honest and frank these women reporters are I have a much better understanding, although still pretty basic, of the Arab world and what it is like for those women More than anything, this book makes me hungry for information.

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    Important, terrifying, electrifying.

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    It took me a few months than I would have thought to finish this These journalists incredibly powerful essays deserve to be taken slowly and given thought and respect The writing of each woman is vivid and real but each in their own styles and reflective of their own experiences As a whole there are many themes that tie together the issues of gender in the profession and in their countries, the dedication and focus to their work, their understanding of how crucial that work was and is those echo through each essay But there are differences between them all as well as each writer shares parts of her life her family, her friends, her losses, and her excitement at what she did those are all distinctly their own This is an important collection to read, especially in this time of attacks on journalists, the press, the art of journalism itself both internationally and in my own country attacks that come from some of the most powerful people in the world.

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    A searingly honest and important collection of accounts and experiences from female Arab reporters This is a book that requires the reader take time to process and absorb Each reporter gives a powerful, direct account that does not attempt to paint a rosy picture where there isn t one This is not to say that there is no hope depicted in these chapters many of the writers do leave room for hope and optimism for the future, but they also do not shy away from the harsh realities of current events and how they are feeling in light of those I turned thirty seven in January But the last birthday I remember was my thirty first I cannot account for the last six years of my life I have forced myself into an exile and an isolation that is now so strong I cannot seem to break free 27.I believe that everyone should read this book in order to obtain a fuller understanding of these regions and cultures and the effect had on the people living there.

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    These essays are brtually honest, and not for the faint for heart Kudos to the women who wrote from their heart, minds and souls showing how strength and vulnerability are really a mobius strip of humanity.

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    can t think of a indispensable book for 2019

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