We have teamed up with the Hands Up Foundation to present a virtual conversation, chaired by BBC Chief International Correspondent Lyse Doucet, about how women, families and vulnerable communities in Lebanon, Syria and beyond are coping in the face of multiple crises. Please support our work by buying a ticket or donating here.

August's devastating explosion in Beirut brought to a head the fury and helplessness felt by many people in the Middle East. COVID-19, protests and collapsing economies from Syria to Iraq and Lebanon, present unparalleled challenges. Yet consistently there are stories of hope and resilience from people who deal with unimaginable difficulties head-on. Join us to hear from some of the women on the front line of reporting and response.

The panel will include:

  • Lyse Doucet, BBC Chief International Correspondent & MCJN co-founder (Chair)
  • Maya Gebeily, Lebanese journalist in Iraq & MCJN member
  • Dr. Zahera Harb, Lebanese journalist, academic & MCJN mentor
  • Waad al-Kateab, Syrian journalist, filmmaker & MCJN mentor
  • Dr. Rouba Mhaissen, Syrian-Lebanese economist & development practitioner

We look forward to seeing you all online!