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Rym Tina Ghazal

Rym Tina Ghazal is a peace ambassador, thought/youth leader, documentarian, lecturer and author for young readers. In addition, she is an award-winning journalist with over 15 years of experience. In 2003, she became one of the first women of Arab heritage to cover war zones in the Middle East. She has written about the UAE and from throughout the Middle East, with exclusive interviews with royals, members of tribes, historic figures and politicians.

As a writer and researcher, Ghazal has a particular interest in history, culture and politics. She delights in discovering the stories behind old photos, maps and manuscripts. She has written in-depth features on “forgotten stories,” such as the Lebanon Famine of 1915-18. Her investigative journalism includes stories on mass graves, child brides and human trafficking.

Ghazal is a co-founder of The Hidden Beauty Project, a monthly gathering dedicated to empowering women and youth. She has published two books: “Maskoon,” for young readers, and the bilingual “Spot and the Little Boy.” Profits from the books go toward helping orphans.

Ghazal, who lists meeting the Dalai Lama as one of her life-changing experiences, is a mentor for youths from conflict zones, part of a US Institute of Peace project.

She has MA degrees in psychology and journalism, and is the recipient of several awards, including the Abu Dhabi YAS Excellence Award in 2016, and the Euro-Med Journalist Award of the Anna Lindh Foundation in 2014.

In a Village Without Men, a Community of Women Seeks a Durable Peace in Syria By Rym Tina Ghazal - Apr 12, 2018

A new kind of resistance is growing in war-torn Syria. In the heart of Rojava, the mainly Kurdish region of northern Syria, there is an embryo of optimism in what some might call a utopian vision of peace in this shattered country. And yet the women of Jinwar village believe that they have founded a … Continue reading “In a Village Without Men, a Community of Women Seeks a Durable Peace in Syria”

Women Alone Should Decide What They Wear By Rym Tina Ghazal - Mar 13, 2018

Clothes matter. People judge you based on what you wear and, more importantly, even our own perceptions about ourselves are wrapped up in choices about attire, for reasons ranging from fashion to social expectations. Caring about one’s appearance is perfectly natural, but the fetishizing of women’s dress reflects larger social issues of identity and control … Continue reading “Women Alone Should Decide What They Wear”

#MeToo in the Middle East: Women Begin a Previously ‘Unthinkable’ Dialog By Rym Tina Ghazal - Mar 6, 2018

The #MeToo movement continues to gain momentum globally, emboldening celebrities and ordinary women from every walk of life to – finally – speak up about systemic, widespread sexual harassment and abuse. First propelled by an avalanche of Hollywood scandals, the movement has had disappointingly little impact in the Middle East, or at least in the … Continue reading “#MeToo in the Middle East: Women Begin a Previously ‘Unthinkable’ Dialog”