Sally Armstrong

Sally Armstrong

Toronto, Ontario
Award Winning Journalist, Humanitarian & Author - Human Rights & Women's Rights Expert
Sally Armstrong, a distinguished journalist, humanitarian, and author, is a globally recognized expert in conflict reporting and women's rights advocacy. Renowned as the "war correspondent for the world's women," she has fearlessly covered conflicts spanning Bosnia to Somalia, Congo to Afghanistan, and Iraq to Guatemala. Sally is the former member of the International Women's Commission at the United Nations and has received international recognition for her work on human rights and gender equality. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada, with 11 honorary doctorate degrees and was appointed the Massey Lecturer in 2019.
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Sally Armstrong is a renowned journalist, humanitarian and author who has covered conflicts worldwide, from Bosnia to Somalia, Congo to Afghanistan, Iraq to Guatemala.

Armstrong claims a new world is dawning for every mother’s daughter worldwide. In February 2024, the new book called OUTSPOKEN by Dr Sima Samar, with Sally Armstrong, tells the story of what happened in Afghanistan and to Afghan women – the betrayals, the backroom deals, the shenanigans. Dr. Samar’s life as an Afghan woman proves that women are the way forward.

Sally’s speeches on the complexities of conflict provide her audiences with valuable insights and the part each of us plays in seeking peace. Sally Armstrong, renowned as the global war correspondent focused on women’s issues, delivers riveting firsthand accounts from conflict zones worldwide. Sally Armstrong’s compelling storytelling emerges from close interactions with people facing severe adversity in crisis. Her firsthand reports captivate audiences, evoking strong emotional responses that range from shock and tears to laughter and inspiration.

Sally Armstrong is a four-time Amnesty International Canada Media Award winner and a former member of the International Women’s Commission at the UN. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada and has received 11 honorary doctorate degrees and one honorary diploma. She is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from Women of Influence.

She was named the Massey Lecturer in 2019; the five lectures broadcast across Canada were based on her book Power Shift: The Longest Revolution. She also delivered the Judy LaMarsh Lecture at Victoria College/ University of Toronto. She holds a Bachelor of Education degree from McGill University and a Master of Science degree from the University of Toronto.



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Sally Armstrong Topic Presentations

human rights-human wrongs

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  • Sally Armstrong exposes the complexities of human rights violations worldwide, drawing from firsthand experiences to spotlight the systems and circumstances perpetuating them. She also highlights actionable pathways for change, emphasizing how individual and collective efforts can address human rights abuses.

women and children last

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  • Sally Armstrong examines the disproportionate impact of conflicts and crises on women and children, backed by firsthand reporting from global crisis. She outlines practical strategies to prioritize the needs of these vulnerable groups in humanitarian efforts.

the power of one

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  • Sally Armstrong demonstrates the transformative impact one person can have in assisting those facing challenges in crisis, oppression,violence, conflict, and gender inequality. Drawing on real-world examples and her own experiences, she showcases how singular efforts can create ripple effects contributing to systemic change.

who in the world cares?

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  • Sally Armstrong explores empathy and compassion’s vital but often overlooked role in global affairs. She underscores how caring at an individual and institutional level can significantly influence international policies and contribute to sustainable solutions for pressing global issues.

a new age is dawning for every mother’s daughter

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  • Sally Armstrong presents compelling evidence for the global shift towards empowering women, especially in traditionally marginalized communities. She discusses the long-term impact of this shift, including societal advancements and enhanced prospects for peace and development.

the shame isn’t ours it’s yours

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  • Sally Armstrong confronts societal norms perpetuating shame and stigma, focusing on how these negative constructs affect marginalized communities. She advocates for reevaluating these narratives, offering pathways to shift the burden of shame back to systemic inequities rather than individuals.

want to reduce poverty, cut conflict and improve the economy? call in the women.

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  • Sally Armstrong argues for the untapped potential of female leadership in driving systemic change across sectors. She outlines how elevating women to decision-making directly correlates with economic growth, conflict resolution, and poverty alleviation using empirical data and real-world case studies.


Having Sally Armstrong as a keynote speaker on the Friday night of our conference was a huge success! We filled the room to capacity and the venue staff were running for more chairs as we began. Sally was wonderfully gracious and she complimented our organization, personally mentioning one of our founders who was in attendance. Every single conference evaluation mentions Sally as a highlight of our weekend! We did an exercise the next day to have people recall what inspired them about Sally’s address – people had retained exact quotations which is a sign that Sally is both a good speaker and a good teacher! Sally is passionately committed to her work as a journalist, author and advocate...

The Catholic Network for Women's Equality

Our Sally Armstrong fundraising dinner was a smashing success. Sold out crowd of 220 who were totally captivated by this amazing woman and her inspiring message. Nothing but positive feedback. Would have no qualms about hearing her speak again.

Board of Directors Member
Ingamo Homes

The articulate and passionate stories of your experiences in Rwanda, Somalia, and Afghanistan and the women with whom you came in contact, were at once disturbing, heart rendering and heart warming. You painted touching and realistic pictures that provoked insight and context for the following day that served as a foundation on which all of the subsequent speakers could build.

Commission of Graduates of Foreign Nursing School

She was the absolute perfect speaker for our event. She took the time to research and take in the event and artfully wove together our YMCA Peace Medal recipients and their personal stories with her message. It was the perfect message for our event and the people we were honouring and I so appreciated her time and care she took in preparation for the speech to make it so personal to our community.

YMCA Northumberland

Articles & Media

Sally Armstrong talks to Lisa LaFlamme about Kenya's fight against rape

CTV National News

Canadian journalist Sally Armstrong is documenting efforts to combat a widespread culture of rape in Kenya, where one third of girls fall victim before the age of 18. “Justice Clubs” teach children about their right to be protected from rape. Canadian law enforcement officers have assisted the...

CTV National News

Lisa LaFlamme

Inside the secret mission to rescue Syria's White Helmets

CTV National News

Lisa LaFlamme

'Canada, we need your help': How diplomats helped rescue the White Helmets

CBC News: The National


Sally Armstrong | Inside ISIS


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