Sawssan Abou Zahr (December 2018)

Sawssan Abou Zahr is an independent Lebanese journalist who perceives her profession as a medium to promote democracy and human rights and exert social activism. She worked for 15 years with Annahar, the leading newspaper in Lebanon. Her writings focused on Arab Spring issues and emerging democracies, women causes and human rights, Syrian and Palestinians refugees and Islamic radical movements. Through her work, she covered political and human rights issues from several countries around the world and notably from Afghanistan and Libya, where she focused on new political systems and peace building efforts after the wounds of war. Sawssan works on mapping local peace building actors in the Middle East as a local partner in Lebanon for Peace Direct, whose website Insight on Conflict, is a leading source on peace building efforts throughout conflict zones in the world 

She contributes to comprehensive reports, case studies and research projects with other correspondents in the network. On her blog, she writes articles on internal reconciliation and refugee issues, especially women.