100 most powerful Arab women 2012
Sun 04 Mar 2012 11:26 AM
Mona Eltahawy
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Mona Eltahawy

Industry: Media

Designation: Freelance Journalist

Country: US

Mona Eltahawy is one of the foremost female Arab journalists. The 43-year-old New York-based, Egypt-born speaker regularly appears on US television and in newspapers around the globe.

Eltahawy is a columnist for Canada’s Toronto Star, Israel’s The Jerusalem Report and Denmark’s Politiken and writes often for The Washington Post and the International Herald Tribune. Previously she’d been Cairo and Israel correspondent for Reuters and reported from regions as diverse as Saudi Arabia and China. She was the first Egyptian journalist working for a Western agency in Israel. In 2010, the Anna Lindh Foundation awarded her its Special Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Journalism and the Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media at the University of Denver gave her its Anvil of Freedom Award. An active element in last year’s Egyptian revolution, Eltahawy was shockingly assaulted in the Interior Ministry. “When a woman who took part wrote to tell me I’d helped to inspire the march because I’d spoken out on Egyptian TV about my beating and assault, I was finally able to cry. They were the tears of a survivor, not a victim,” she said.