Sally Armstrong is one of those women that has seen it all and then some!
On January 22nd, the Enbridge Famous 5 Speaker Series will welcome to the stage human rights activist, journalist and award-winning author, Sally Armstrong who has covered stories about women and girls in zones of conflict all over the world. From Bosnia and Somalia to the Middle East, Rwanda, Congo, and Afghanistan, her eyewitness reports have earned her awards including the Gold Award from the National Magazine Awards Foundation and the Author’s Award from the Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters. She received the Amnesty International Media Award in 2000, 2002 and again in 2011. She was a member of the International Women’s Commission a UN body that consists of 20 Palestinian women, 20 Israeli women and 12 internationals whose mandate is assisting with the path to peace in the Middle East.
In 1996, Sally was honoured by the YWCA of Toronto with the prestigious Women of Distinction Award in Communications. In 1997 she received the Achievement Award for Human Rights for Women from Jewish Women International; in 1998 Media Watch’s Dodi Robb Award and in 2003, the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement from the National Magazine Awards Foundation. In 2005, she received the Athena International Award (Chicago), the World of Difference Award from the International Alliance for Women (Florida) and the Red Cross Humanitarian Award – New Brunswick Region. In 2008 she received the Clarkson Laureate for public service at Massey College, University of Toronto. And in May 2008, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Journalism Foundation. In March 2010, she became the fourth recipient of The Calgary Peace Prize. She is the recipient of seven honorary doctorate degrees and is a Member of the Order of Canada.
Books by Sally Armstrong:
- Veiled Threat: The Hidden Power of the Women of Afghanistan was published by Penguin Books in 2002.
- The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor was published by Random House in 2007.
- Bitter Roots, Tender Shoots: the Uncertain Fate of Afghanistan’s Women was published by Penguin in 2008.
- Her new book Ascent of Women: Our turn, our way – a remarkable story of world-wide change was published by Random House in March 2013.
Sally Armstrong is an award-winning journalist, author and documentary filmmaker who has covered women’s issues across the world including Afghanistan, Africa, and countries in the middle east. Her new book, Ascent of Women as described below will be on sale at the presentation for $20 per copy. Sally will autograph the book for you that night!! Tickets are available through the MacDonald Island Box Office.
This book is about the final frontier for women: having control over your own body, whether in zones of conflict, in rural villages, on university campuses or in your own kitchen. Recent studies by economists such as Jeffrey Sachs and social scientists such as Isobel Coleman claim that women who gain such control–who are not oppressed–are the key to economic justice and the end to violence in developing countries around the world.
Ascent of Women will describe the perilous journey that brought women to this point. It will tell the dramatic and empowering stories of change-makers and examine the stunning courage, tenacity and wit they are using to alter the status quo. It is the story of a dawning of a new revolution, whose chapters are being written in mud-brick houses in Afghanistan; on Tahrir Square in Cairo; in the forests of the Congo, where women still hide from their attackers; and in a shelter in northern Kenya, where 160 girls between 3 and 17 are pursuing a historic court case against a government who did not protect them from rape.
Women revolutionaries in Toronto and Nairobi, Kabul and Caracas, New York City and Lahore are making history. Women the world over are marching to protest honour killing, polygamy, stoning and a dozen other religiously or culturally sanctified acts of violence. Sally Armstrong will bring us these voices from the barricades, inspiring and brave.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Date change to Wednesday, January 22nd!
Please join us on January 22nd at MacDonald Island Park to welcome Sally Armstrong to Fort McMurray and to hear her inspiring story!
→ Doors open at 6:00PM / Dinner at 6:30PM / Speaker at 7:00PM
→ Tickets available through the MacDonald Island Guest Services or Online