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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.

Articles By Rym Tina Ghazal

Illuminating the ‘Light of the East’ Through Religious Tolerance By Rym Tina Ghazal - Feb 24, 2019

In 2013, long before Pope Francis’s historic visit to the Arabian Peninsula, the head of the Catholic Church said his thoughts often turned to the people of “the Holy Land,” because it is there that “the light of the East” —  the light of faith — shines resplendent. He went on to say: “The geographical, … Continue reading “Illuminating the ‘Light of the East’ Through Religious Tolerance”

Arab Countries Struggle with the Stigma Associated with Rape By Rym Tina Ghazal - Jan 3, 2019

“Help! I’ve been raped!” Manal Issa uttered those words as she stumbled down a Beirut street, desperately appealing to people around her. According to a news report on CNN’s website, a crowd gathered, with some people telling her to calm down and even to just be quiet. One person even chastised her for wearing a … Continue reading “Arab Countries Struggle with the Stigma Associated with Rape”

This Year’s Nobel Peace Prize Can Be the Catalyst to Ending the Blame Women Suffer for the Violence Done to Them By Rym Tina Ghazal - Oct 30, 2018

There was a murder in my building in Dubai earlier this year. The victim, a woman in her 20s, was sexually violated and then thrown from a fifth-floor window. When police spoke with her neighbors, this is what they heard: she lived alone; she wore “short skirts”; she wasn’t friendly; men visited her home; she … Continue reading “This Year’s Nobel Peace Prize Can Be the Catalyst to Ending the Blame Women Suffer for the Violence Done to Them”

Rediscovering the Real Meaning of “Mindfulness” in the Middle East By Rym Tina Ghazal - Oct 7, 2018

The world is in the grips of a phenomenon called “mindfulness,” with people everywhere chasing the supposed contentment that comes with self-awareness. Don’t get me wrong. A little of that is no doubt a good thing. But you cannot walk past a yoga studio or a gym-clothing store in the mall today without detecting that … Continue reading “Rediscovering the Real Meaning of “Mindfulness” in the Middle East”