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2012 Book Festival Author
Rana Husseini

Author Biography

As a Jordanian woman journalist writing for the Jordan Times, Rana Husseini has focused on social issues with a special emphasis on violence against women, as well as the brutal crimes that are committed against Jordanian women in the name of family honor. Her coverage of and dedication to ending this unjustified practice against women helped raise national awareness on a topic that is traditionally considered taboo. The government has responded by introducing legal and judicial changes that suggest tougher punishments for perpetrators of such crimes.

Murder in the Name of Honour (2009), Husseini's book on so-called honor crimes, has a special emphasis on Jordan. Available in English, Arabic, and Dutch, the book aims at providing people with a credible source of information based on real-life experience and tackles a sensitive issue which is often susceptible to misconception.

Husseini has earned nine local and international awards, including a medal from HM King Abdullah II in 2007 for reporting on such crimes. She has been interviewed by various local, Arab, and international media, such as CNN, ABC, BBC, the New York Times, VOA, Al Jazeera, Al Arabia, MBC, and the Chicago Tribune. Based on these experiences she has been invited to lecture at several local and international conferences regarding the issue, as well as women's rights in the region.

In addition to her extensive experience in the journalism field, Husseini has conducted several consultancies and advocates for women’s rights in the Middle East and Jordan with local NGOs, UN agencies, and international organizations. She has served as special advisor to UN Women (previously UNIFEM), Equality Now, and Freedom House on women’s issues and press freedoms in Jordan.

Husseini also worked as a consultant and trainer for the Jordan Media Institute and the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) by conducting training workshops for local reporters, journalism students on reporting on gender, human rights and violence against women.

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