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Deeyah Khan to appear in upcoming BBC One documentary on Egyptian feminist icon Nawal El Saadawi

On Tuesday February 21st, BBC One will broadcast a documentary about Egyptian author Nawal El Saadawi. Nawal El Saadawi is a pioneer of feminism in the Arab world, including raising awareness of female genital mutilation, which she herself was subjected to. She has published over 50 novels, memoirs and studies of women’s oppression – which have been translated into many languages and have won numerous international awards. For this documentary…

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From the New York Times to the United Nations – A glimpse into Deeyah Khan’s trip to New York

Deeyah Khan stopped by the New York Times offices to talk to journalist Nicholas Kristof about the role of women in fighting extremism.  Their conversation was live streamed through the NYT’s official platforms and has now hit over 150,000 views. To watch it click here. NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute screened Deeyah’s BAFTA and Grierson nominated documentary, JIHAD. Following the screening she took part in a live conversation with…

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Ted.com feature Deeyah Khan’s talk on their homepage

In 2016 Deeyah Khan took the stage at TedxExeter to make a passionate and moving plea for understanding on behalf of young Muslims living in Europe, who are struggling with issues from prejudice to radicalisation. The 20-minute talk ‘What We Don’t Know About Europe’s Muslim Kids’ follows her own journey from childhood musician to filmmaker and activist. Ted.com release one new talk every day on their website. Out of more than 30,000 Tedx talks only 1%…

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Deeyah Khan joins the UNESCO family becoming the first ever Goodwill Ambassador for artistic freedom and creativity

Deeyah Khan was appointed as UNESCO’s first ever Goodwill Ambassador for Artistic Freedom and Creativity on Monday 21st November. Speaking about the prestigious designation on her official Facebook page, Deeyah Khan says: “I believe the arts, in all their forms, have the capacity to draw us together in experiencing our shared humanity, to build bridges of understanding between us in a world which is too often riven by divisions. This…

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Deeyah Khan announces sister-hood’s inaugural live event in Oslo

On Monday 14th November, Deeyah Khan’s media production company Fuuse will be hosting its first sister-hood live event – The Burden of “Honour” – in Oslo. Moderated by Afak Afgun, managing editor of sister-hood magazine, this event will feature young Norwegian women of Muslim heritage discussing the topic of ‘honour’ and social control within their communities. International recording artist Sister Fa who campaigns for women’s rights and the abolition of…

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Deeyah Khan’s sister-hood magazine wins UK media award

Photo: sister-hood managing editor, Afak Afgun and deputy editor Mediah Ahmed.

Deeyah Khan’s Fuuse production sister-hood magazine which spotlights the voices of women of Muslim heritage took home the award for Best Website at the Asian Media awards in the UK. On hand to accept the prize was the sister-hood managing editor, Afak Afgun who flew in for the event especially from Norway and the deputy editor Mediah Ahmed. sister-hood spotlights the voices of women of Muslim heritage and disrupts the monopoly on public discourse. From…

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World premiere of Deeyah Khan’s latest Fuuse film announced by ITV

Following the success and international impact of our first two films, Deeyah Khan has once again teamed up with ITV in the UK to premiere her latest Fuuse documentary, Islam’s Non-Believers. The film will air on ITV on Thursday 13th October at 10:40pm as part of its Exposure series. The film investigates the lives of ex-Muslims, who face extreme discrimination, ostracism, psychological abuse and violence as a result of leaving Islam….

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Telenor recognizes Deeyah Khan for her work promoting freedom of expression

On Monday 19th September, Telenor Group held a gala performance in celebration of Deeyah Khan as they awarded her, their 2016 Culture Prize. The prize recognized Deeyah Khan’s contribution to culture, across geographical, social and cultural borders. The ceremony featured performances from distinguished artists from across the world.

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Deeyah Khan speaks at the United Nations in New York

Deeyah Khan speaks at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2016

On Tuesday 20th September Deeyah Khan joined Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg and WASL founder Sanam Naraghi Anderlini together with civil society leaders from Pakistan, Iraq and Nigeria and NY Times Nicholas Kristof at the United Nations in New York for the launch of the Global Solutions Exchange which will bring the expertise and voices of women working for peace, rights and pluralism to the forefront. To watch the full conversation, click…

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Deeyah Khan named 2016 winner of Telenor’s Culture Prize

One of the world’s biggest mobile operators with 211 million subscriptions, Telenor Group has named Fuuse CEO Deeyah Khan as the recipient of their 2016 Culture Prize. Telenor’s Culture Prize is given annually to performing artists or organisations that have made an extraordinary contribution within culture in Scandinavia, but who also are established internationally. The awards ceremony will take place on Monday 19th September in Norway. For more information, see the…

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Deeyah Khan recognized by one of the UK’s leading lifestyle and fashion magazines

It has been announced that Norwegian film director Deeyah Khan has been shortlisted at Red Magazine’s 2016 Woman of the Year awards. As one of the UK’s leading lifestyle and fashion magazines, Deeyah has been recognized for the work she produces through her Norwegian production company Fuuse. The Red Magazine Woman of the Year awards celebrate women’s achievements in all areas including politics, charity, media, science, fashion and the arts….

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Deeyah Khan receives 2016 Peer Gynt Prize in Norway

Each year since 1971, members of Norway’s parliament pick the recipient for the Peer Gynt Prize. Deeyah Khan was chosen as the 2016 prize winner for her work promoting Norway on the international stage. Speaking about the prize to broadcaster NRK, Deeyah comments: “What makes me more proud is to be the first award-winner who’s the child of an immigrant from Pakistan” continuing to express her gratitude and say’s that…

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Deeyah Khan shortlisted for a 2016 Grierson Award

Regarded as the ‘Oscars’ of documentary making, the Grierson awards are a coveted honour for filmmakers from across the globe. And it has been announced that this year’s nominations include Norwegian film director Deeyah Khan, for her second Fuuse documentary ‘Jihad’. The film was originally shown on one of the leading television channels in the UK and has already received critical acclaim after being nominated for a BAFTA earlier this…

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Deeyah Khan recognized alongside Oprah Winfrey, Helly Luv and other inspiring women in the Guardian

Deeyah Khan recognized alongside Oprah Winfrey, Helly Luv and other inspiring women in the Guardian

If “there is a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other,” then Deeyah Khan will be swimming, flying and dancing in paradise writes activist Leyla Hussein in today’s Guardian newspaper. The article sees the end FGM campaigner, Leyla Hussein reflect on the diverse women in her life who have inspired and shaped her to become the activist she is today. Mentioned in the piece are a…

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Deeyah Khan launches sister-hood

“We are endlessly spoken for, and spoken about. It’s time we got to speak for ourselves.” – Deeyah Khan On Monday 16th May, Deeyah Khan launched her latest Fuuse production, sister-hood. An online magazine and a series of live events spotlighting the voices of women of Muslim heritage. In support of the launch, Deeyah Khan spoke to Al Jazeera to detail why she’s created this platform for women to speak…

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Pictures: 2016 BAFTA TV AWARDS

Deeyah Khan attended last night’s prestigious BAFTA Ceremony in London to celebrate the nomination for Fuuse documentary Jihad: A British Story. Get a glimpse into the evening’s festivities in the pictures below…

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Deeyah Khan named 2016 recipient of Norway’s Peer Gynt Prize

I feel deeply grateful and humbled to be the recipient of this year’s Peer Gynt Prize, particularly given the inspirational Norwegian figures who have previously received this honour. I am very proud to be a Norwegian, and to represent Norway abroad. I feel particularly honoured to be perhaps the first winner of this prize, a woman of color with immigrant roots, reflecting a new, more diverse Norway. I hope that…

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