Member of the Board of Advisors of MARCH Lebanon.
Women's Rights Activist.
Joumana Haddad is a Lebanese author, public speaker, journalist and women's rights activist. Haddad has achieved international success, as the writer of sexually explicit poetry, the founder and previous publisher of a quarterly Arabic-language erotic magazine called Jasad, (meaning "body"), and the author of I Killed Scheherazade (2010), translated into 17 languages.
Haddad has been selected as one of the world’s 100 most powerful Arab women for four years in a row by Arabian Business Magazine (she came in position 34 in 2017), for her cultural and social activism. Haddad is a polyglot, has written books in different languages, and has also published several works of translation, including an anthology of Lebanese modern poetry in Spanish, published in Spain as well as in many Latin American countries, and an anthology of 150 poets who committed suicide in the 20th century. She interviewed many international writers, such as Umberto Eco, Paul Auster, Jose Saramago, Peter Handke, Elfriede Jelinek, and others. Haddad is on the Board of Advisors of MARCH Lebanon, an NGO fighting censorship and raising awareness about the right to free expression. She also had an appearance in a documentary about Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish by filmmaker Nasri Hajjaj. In 2009, she won the International Prize North South for poetry, of the Pescarabruzzo Foundation in Italy. Haddad's magazine is the feature of a 2013 film by Amanda Homsi-Ottosson, Jasad & The Queen of Contradictions, a Women Make Movies release.
Last modified: 01/09/2019