Sally Armstrong

Journalist - World Affairs, Human Rights and Women's Rights Expert

Sally Armstrong has covered stories in zones of conflict all over the world. From Bosnia and Somalia to Congo and Afghanistan, her eyewitness reports have earned her the Amnesty International Media Award four times over, as well as acclaim all over the world. Armstrong shares her experiences reporting from the front lines and imparts her audiences with the lessons she’s learned from the battlefields surrounding the complexities of “human rights” versus “human wrongs.”

In addition to her journalism, Sally Armstrong is the author of the books Veiled Threat: The Hidden Power of the Women of Afghanistan; The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor; Bitter Roots, Tender Shoots: The Uncertain Fate of Afghanistan’s Women; and her most recent title, Ascent of Women: A New Age is Dawning for Every Mother’s Daughter.

2017 was a busy year for Sally Armstrong — it saw her on assignments in Iraq, Kenya, and Afghanistan, and she gave a speech in Oxford, UK, and at Oxford University. Armstrong was also promoted to Officer of the Order of Canada, and won, along with photographer/videographer Peter Bregg, the Amnesty International Canada Media Award for their work in Iraq (her fourth Amnesty International Canada Media Award). She and Bregg also won the Gold Award for Investigative Journalism at The Canadian Online Publishing Gala for their work about the Yazidis called Resisting Genocide in 2017 as well.

Sally Armstrong is a former member of the International Women’s Commission at the UN, and is the recipient of ten honorary doctorate degrees. Her new book, Ascent of Women uses interviews with women and girls all over the world, it explains how and why a new age is dawning for every mother’s daughter. Just named to the Amelia Bloomer Project List in the US. Reviewers say the book will make you gasp, and cry and even laugh but mostly it’ll make you cheer.

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Human Rights-Human Wrongs

Women and Children Last

The Power of One

Who in the World Cares?

A New Age is Dawning for Every Mother’s Daughter

The Shame Isn’t Ours It’s Yours

Want to Reduce Poverty, Cut Conflict and Improve the Economy? Call in the Women.

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Ascent of Women

Ascent of Women (American title UPRISING: A New Age is Dawning for Every Mother’s Daughter). The earth is shifting under the status of women. That shift is altering intractable files such as poverty and conflict. And it’s improving the economy. Meet the extraordinary heroes – Malala Yousafzai, Sima Samar, Eve Ensler, Geena Davis who are driving change where no one believed it could happen

Veiled Threat

The Hidden Power of the Women of Afghanistan. Veiled Threat begins on September 27, 1996, the day the Taliban seized power and put women under house arrest. It introduces the reader to the Afghan women who describe their rapid fire descent into the dark ages under the Taliban and the cloak and dagger covert action they took to subvert the hateful edicts of the rulers.

Bitter Roots, Tender Shoots

The Uncertain Fate of Afghanistan’s Women. If Veiled Threat was about what happened to the women of Afghanistan during the Taliban rule, Bitter Roots is about what happened after the Taliban were overthrown. It takes on the tapestry of unspoken truths and unravels the threads that are strangling Afghanistan’s attempts to join the 21st Century.

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