Yusur Al-Bahrani: Faces of Women and Community Empowerment in Jordan

 
Introduction by Mike M
 
Yusur immigrated with her family to Canada from Dubai in 2010 and has accomplished much in the short time she has been here. She holds a BA in Mass Communications, an MA in Journalism , and currently works as an award winning freelance journalist. She is also a national board member at the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace and has represented the organization at the UN's Commission on the Status of Women.  In addition, Yusur was the Director at Large at Amnesty International Toronto.
 
Yusur spoke about her work as a journalist in Jordan. Upon her graduation with MA of Journalism from Ryerson University, she received International Development and Research Centre Journalism Award. Yusur used it to travel to Jordan and write about women social and political empowerment.
 
During her presentation “Faces of Women and Community Empowerment in Jordan,” Yusur spoke about her 2016 trip to Jordan and the women she met and wrote about. When writing the articles and research, she travelled solo to several parts of Jordan.
 
Yusur talked about influential Jordanian women who have inspired her to be a change maker: a former government official, a brave lawyer, a forensic doctor and women at grassroots organizations. She also talked about an all women newspaper, Hona Al-Zarqa, in which reporters and journalists write about important issues that affect their communities. Inspired by the women she met, Yusur travelled back to Jordan and volunteered for Jordan River Foundation— a non for profit organization chaired by Queen Rania Al Abdullah, with a focus on child safety and community empowerment.