Shatha Yaish: Woman in the Field


Shatha Yaish feels like any other Palestinian journalist, but as one of few women in her field, she says that she is not always treated the same. Shatha has been a news reporter for AFP for five years, but she often feels that everyone around her, especially the male reporters, try to protect her, sometimes keeping her from doing her job.

She describes a time she was covering an army raid near Hebron and she was asked to stand separately from the men, in a safer location. She made a decision not to step away from the action just because she is a woman. She is always challenging herself to resist the stereotypes that people have of women journalists and do whatever necessary to report the story.


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