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Women Reporting from the Frontlines: A Discussion with Female War Correspondents

3 November, 2021 @ 5:00 pm 6:30 pm

From Iraq to Sri Lanka to Nicaragua women have been reporting from the frontlines for centuries sometimes to great acclaim. As part of our overarching theme this year at WIIS NL of Women in War and Peace in this roundtable we ask female journalists about their experiences as war correspondents. What are their unique strengths? What obstacles do they face when reporting in hazardous conditions?

In a moderated panel discussion, we would like to invite female war correspondents to openly discuss these experiences and engage with a diverse audience.


Welcome Address

  • Vanessa Newby – WIIS-NL President and Leiden University


  • Joanna Roper CMG – British Ambassador to the Netherlands and UK Permanent Representative to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons


  • Dilrukshi Handunnetti – Sri Lankan Journalist
  • Ana Van Es – Dutch Journalist
  • Special Guest – Journalist from Yemen 
  • Fernande van Tets – Dutch Journalist 

Panel Moderator

  • Willemijn Aerdts – WIIS NL and Leiden University

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