Let's talk about female journalists

Published April 9th, 2016 - 05:13 GMT
Saudi journalist Safa Al Ahmad is one of the few foreigners still reporting from inside Yemen.  (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)
Saudi journalist Safa Al Ahmad is one of the few foreigners still reporting from inside Yemen. (AFP/Mohammed Huwais)

Safa Al Ahmad: there's no longer a Yemen

Safa Al Ahmad is a Saudi freelance journalist and filmmaker. Her focus is the Arabian Peninsula, primarily Saudi Arabia and Yemen, and her work so far has been insightful, corageous, informative and mesmerizing in many ways.

She has been reporting on Yemen since 2010, and is one of the rare journalists who spent much time inside the country (she keeps going there) and is able to talk about the complexity of the situation on the ground today.

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Iranian women you should know: Maryam Zandi 

Maryam Zandi’s photographs of the 1979 Iranian Revolution were published in book form in 2016, over three decades after the events took place. Although she tried to publish the work under former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, his administration demanded some parts of the book be censored — a demand Zandi rejected. The final result is a portfolio with a depth and breadth that would be the envy of any photographer. Later, she also refused to accept an accolade from Ahmadinejad.  

Zandi was born in 1947 in the city of Gorgan, close to the Caspian Sea, in an area known as Turkmen Sahra, or the “Plain of Turkmens.” Her older half-brother, the writer and director Nader Ebrahimi, introduced her at an early age to world literature and writers including André Gide and Hermann Hesse. Zandi says Hesse’s novel Siddhartha made a deep and lasting impression on her when she read it aged 15.

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Stillborn under occupation

Samar Hazboun is a Palestinian photographer who has published several projects documenting life under occupation, including a photo essay of Palestinian teenagers jailed by Israel and one of the last generation of Palestinians born before the wall in the West Bank is completed. Her latest project, “Beyond checkpoints,” documents the often forgotten stories of Palestinian women who have given birth at Israeli checkpoints, or been delayed for hours before being able to cross and go to a hospital. 

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