Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World

Penguin. Aug. 2019. 304p. ed. by ed. by Zahra Hankir. illus. notes. ISBN 9780143133414. pap. $17ebk. ISBN 9780525505204. POL SCI
Many readers may not be aware of the large numbers of female reporters currently working in the Arab world. These journalists, who risk their lives to provide an accurate picture of life in a war zone and tell the truth about ongoing conflict in the region, have been brought together in this timely and affecting collection. The essays contain evocative and emotional imagery; the stories shared by these women are heartrending and deeply humanistic. They show the real cost of war as well as the challenges unique to these female reporters, from enduring sexual harassment to navigating laws that mandate a male escort as they travel.
VERDICT An emotionally resonant and eminently readable anthology of true accounts that will appeal greatly to readers interested in global women’s issues, journalism, and the modern Arab world.

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