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

I know a pregnant primary school teacher who is giving up her job for a flexible admin role because her wages won't cover childcare costs of 2 children under-3. Why do we just accept that in this country? Seriously - we can revolt for football, but we just shrug at this bullshit?

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Far Rights #Extremism and #HumanRights in the #UnitedStates: Global Perspectives

Join us on zoom to hear from leading international experts: @Deeyah_Khan @ChetanBhatt62 @NaureenCFink


Hi friends @fivexmore are conducting an important survey about black women’s experience of maternity care Please support & share widely on your social media💖 @LeylaHussein @TheAlima @HekateP @HodoMAli @GinaAwokoH @Deeyah_Khan @KamSarian #Blackmesurvey

I would not call today’s verdict justice because justice implies restoration. But it is accountability, which is the first step toward justice.

Now, the cause of justice is in your hands.

#Former #children's #commissioner launches billion-pound legal battle against #TikTok over claims it 'illegally' collected #data from millions of children.

Last year, Gemma Robinson, 34, took her own life just days before she was due to face her abusive ex-partner in court.
Absolutely 💔 R.I.P Gemma

We know that at least 200 women take their lives each year to escape an abuser & at least 10k try.

Film I made for Imagine about Egyptian writer activist feminist Nawal El Saadawi comes off @BBCiPlayer this Friday -so now is your chance if you want to see it

Extreme listening is what Muslim filmmaker @Deeyah_Khan did when spending time with white supremacists for her documentary. The results were profound and we talked about how we could use it in our lives. This is…A Bit of Optimism.

Listen at

It's an always utterly hilarious to me to find out I'm blocked by people.

Like, bruh, I'm a mom of 8 & a bartender.

How fragile are you?

‘As a woman, as a person of colour, as a Muslim, I’ve often felt myself to be an outsider in this industry’

@Deeyah_Khan explains that she started making films because she felt that stories from people like her were not being heard.

My heart is broken by this news...
This is a tremendous loss to us all.
She was a big inspiration for me, a giant a courageous feminist icon and a great artist, a force of nature. You will be deeply missed dear one:

Nawal El Saadawi Rest in peace✊🏽❤️

Sorry but I think its about time the Muslim community dropped "Islamic" preachers like Daniel Haqiqatjou @Haqiqatjou who use contemporary arguments to mask their Misogyny

Pls rt @Deeyah_Khan @OpenMyMosque @ruqaiya_h
@MyriamFrancoisC @DrFatimaRajina

Women around the world have been forced back into the kitchen and the notion that a “woman’s place” is in the home has returned in an “aggressive way” during the pandemic.

Check out ED @phumzileunwomen's exclusive with @MayaOppenheim on @Independent.

The debate on #BlackMaternalHealth now happening @HouseofCommons is not followed by more foot dragging by asking for more research. Action is needed to end the shocking statistics of black & ethnic minority women dying in childbirth @10DowningStreet should Act urgently @fivexmore

Dear #WPS folks, check out this 2010 policy brief & rex regarding what the #women #peace #security community of practice called for at 10th anniversary of #SCR1325. NB: section on creation of @UN_Women. Useful to assess progress & regression. @SwaneeHunt

PSA to heterosexual women dating males in their 20s around http://N.Wales, *avoid* 24yr old Liam Lester who bit his now ex-gf before beating her unconscious and has walked free after showing remorse.
I doubt she'll be the last women he abuses.

Clergy speak out over 'racism in Church of England' - BBC News

Some #ethnic #minority staff who made complaints of #racism within the #ChurchofEngland have been paid off to "buy their silence", BBC #Panorama has been told.