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Major Positions

Journalist, Senior Reporter at The Jordan Times.
Board Member of several boards.
Human Rights Activist.
Author.

Major Accomplishments

Rana Husseini is a Jordanian author of the book Murder in the Name of Honour (2009) and a senior journalist writing for The Jordan Times. She focused on social issues for over 20 years 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 responded by introducing legal and judicial changes that suggest tougher punishments for perpetrators of such crimes as well as introducing new services to help abused women and children.

In 2009, Husseini finished writing her book on so-called honour crimes in the world, with special emphasis on Jordan. The book, in English, Arabic, Dutch, and Finnish, Murder in the Name of Honour, aims at providing people with a credible source based on real-life experience and tackling 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, the Ida B. Wells award for Bravery in Journalism in 2003, the Human Rights Watch Award in 2000, the Reebok Human Rights Award in 1998, and the MEDNEWS prize award for best article in 1995. She is also featured in Kerry Kennedy's book Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our World.

In addition to her extensive experience in the journalism field, Husseini has conducted several consultancies and advocacy for women for local organisations, 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, the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) by conducting training workshops for local reporters, journalism students on reporting on gender, human rights and violence against women. Husseini is currently serving on several boards including the Advisory Board of Equality Now Organisation that is based in the United States, the Jordanian National Committee for Demining and Rehabilitation and the Jordan Football Association (JFA) as well as being the president of the Women’s Football Committee at the JFA.

Last modified: 01/09/2019

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