Human Rights Watch

The Poetess

89 minutes14A

Apr 24
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Farida Deif, Canada Director of Human Rights Watch, reflects on the story of Hissa Hilal, a Saudi woman who used her reality-television fame to speak against religious extremism.

Farida Deif

Farida Deif is the Canada Director at Human Rights Watch, where she monitors human rights abuses in Canada and advocates for a rights-respecting Canadian foreign policy. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, Deif worked at the United Nations with UNICEF, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and UN Women, where she recently served as the Deputy Manager of the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women. She is a gender-based violence expert with over 13 years of experience in both documenting violence against women and girls as a researcher and in developing and supporting targeted programs to address these abuses as a development practitioner.