Deeyah Khan

Deeyah Khan

Literaty Agent

Deeyah Khan is an Emmy and Peabody award-winning documentary film director and founder of Fuuse, a media and arts company that puts women, people from minorities, and third-culture kids at the heart of telling their own stories.

In 2016, she became the first UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for artistic freedom and creativity.  She has received many honours for her work supporting freedom of expression, human rights and peace including the Ossietzky prize, the University of Oslo’s Human Rights Award and the Peer Gynt Prize from the Parliament of Norway.

Born in Norway to immigrant parents of Pashtun and Punjabi ancestry, Deeyah’s experience of living between different cultures, both the beauty and the challenges, shapes her artistic vision. Her 2012 multi-award winning documentary Banaz: A Love Story chronicles the life and death of Banaz Mahmod, a young British Kurdish woman murdered by her family in a so-called honour killing.  Deeyah’s second film, the Grierson and Bafta award-nominated Jihad, involved two years of interviews and filming with Islamic extremists, convicted terrorists and former jihadis.

One of Fuuse’s recent initiatives, born of Deeyah’s own experiences, is sister-hood, a digital magazine and a series of live events spotlighting the voices of women of Muslim heritage. Deeyah has also produced a number of critically acclaimed albums, including Listen to the Banned, a compilation that brought together musicians from around the world who have been subject to persecution, censorship and imprisonment.

The focus of Deeyah’s work and access to voices that are often overlooked and misunderstood has led to increasing demand as a speaker at international human rights events and platforms including the United Nations. She was described by The Times of London thus: “To say Deeyah Khan is an inspiration is an understatement. She is one of the bravest, most indomitable women… facing down bullies and extremists with intelligence and unflinching spirit.”

Deeyah Khan @Deeyah_Khan

Join us this week on 13 & 14 Nov in front of the Court of Appeal as we call for equality and justice for all women leaving marriages regardless of faith, safe from dangerous #shariacourts #EqualityNotDescrimination @SBSisters @One_Law_for_All

Thoughts and prayers for President Carter. https://t.co/fGjw8AgeEF

sister-hood publishes the work of women of Muslim heritage. If you have something to contribute, get in touch! https://t.co/ebpnvVHHjY

In Lebanon, a woman’s place is leading the revolution. Women have always been on the front lines of protest and social change in #Lebanon . Glad that this is getting more recognition https://t.co/9eap7FdOht

As more candidates drop out after dodgy social media messages uncovered, much talk that they should have deleted them earlier

I personally think it would be better if they didn’t say something sexist, racist, anti Semitic, islamaphobic, or just plain hateful in the first place

If the House Republicans are sincerely concerned with conflicts of interest involving the children of the leaders of US administrations, they should start with Ivanka Trump & her hubby Jared Kushner.
By @DeanObeidallah
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One of the best Talks I've heard in years, Hope and justice for women & girls it's must Raabia El Garani, Thank you, such honour to call you my sister, you are just pure heart 💕💕
@Deeyah_Khan @monaeltahawy @HodoMAli @miss_hajji @LouiseRob54 @MagoolEndFGM https://t.co/ATwHUSelQU

The Founder of White Helmets died in 🇹🇷
Hero James Le Mesurier is one of the few who took concrete action to save Syrian lives from Assad’s genocidal regime...Le Mesurier faced horrific campaigns of harassment & threats to deter his efforts.
Rest In Peace!
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Spotted somewhere in a crowded street or Paris today. #Paris #Ishq

I am glad to have shaken things up and I am glad the misogynist shits are on view for all to see. Thank you all who have sent love and support, and all who have come up to me at shops, restaurants & this morning at the airport. I look forward to my next visit. Ciao #Australia!

My book sold out at #Broadside2019 on Sunday but I kept aside a copy for Paul Fletcher, Minister for Communications, because I want my message to get through to him especially. #fuckthepatriarchy

Great piece by @EvaWiseman

“Why would any normal person rationally choose to stick in a job that requires her to piss on a thousand fires simply to reach her desk?”

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Women have always been burdened with the semiotics applied to the ideas of their bodies by patriarchal and media fantasies. https://t.co/dwHAOzCy9i

Yesterday we lost the award-winning journalist, presenter, writer and mother Tazeen Ahmad, not long after her 48th birthday to cancer. Tazeen paved the way in an industry that is not always accepting or supportive of women, especially women of colour Tazeen RIP courageous woman❤️

Today I worked with @ENDFGM_Network to train activists on emotional #wellbeing and #selfcare as part of their #Ambassador Programme. Together we will #EndFGM! 👊❤

‘Eat according to your taste; but dress according to people’s taste,’ is a very popular proverb used in Arab culture. https://t.co/SYosXimDgG

Talking about National Security threats

Wasn’t a Tory Defence Secretary sacked for leaking from National Security Council & another Minister forced to resign after meeting with reps of a Foreign Govt behind our Govt’s back?

One Education Minister & other is Home Secretary now

sister-hood publishes the work of women of Muslim heritage. If you have something to contribute, get in touch! https://t.co/ebpnvVHHjY

So good to hear some good news from #Yemen. Congrats to @Peace_Track we @whatthewomensay are so proud to have you as partners & delighted to support you in your efforts to bring a just peace to your wonderful country. #StandWithWomenPeacebuilders. @munaluqman @RashaJarhum https://t.co/N9loDiWTL5