Who Is She

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Author, Public Speaker, Journalist, Women’s rights activist
Joumana Haddad

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Al Hurra TV station

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  • Doctorate Degree candidate, Comparative Literature, Institute of Oriental Studies, Saint Joseph University, Lebanon.
  • Master's Degree, Translation, 2000-2006, Kaslik University, Lebanon.
  • Teaching Degree, Italian Language, 2003, University of Siena, Italy.
  • Bachelor Degree, Biology, 1988-1992, Lebanese University, Lebanon.

Areas of expertise

  • Women Rights
  • Freedom of expression 
  • Personal liberties
  • Literature
  • Arabic
  • French
  • English
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Armenian

Work history

  • TV journalist and host, 2018-present, Al Hurra TV station. 
  • Instructor, 2012-2016, Lebanese American University.
  • Cultural editor, 2005-2017, An Nahar newspaper.
  • Founder and Editor in Chief, 2009-2011, Jasad Magazine.
  • Administrator, 2007-2011, International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF).
  • Journalist, 1997-2005, An Nahar Newspaper.


Honorary office and memberships

  • On the Board of Advisors of MARCH Lebanon.
  • Appinted honorary ambassador for culture and human rights for the city of Naples in the Mediterranean by the mayor of Naples Luigi de Magistris. 2013.


Publications highlights: 
  • Bibliography and translations of her books in English


    • Haddad, J. (2018). The Seamstress' Daughter,  Beirut: Nawfal

    • Haddad, J. (2016). The Third Sex, Beirut: Nawfal

    • Haddad, J. (2012). Superman is an Arab. United Kingdom: Westbourne Press.

    • Haddad, J. (2010). I killed Scheherazade. United Kingdom: Saqi Books.

    • Haddad, J. (2008). Invitation to a Secret Feast, poetry, USA: Tupelo Press

    • Haddad, J. (2008). Madinah, city stories from the Middle East, anthology, UK: Comma Press

    Bibliography in Arabic

    • Haddad, J. (2014). Cages, Theatre

    • Haddad, J. (2012). Geology of the I, poetry

    • Haddad, J. (2008) Mirrors of the passers by, poetry

    • Haddad, J. (2007). Bad habits, selected poems

    • Haddad, J. (2007). Death will come and it will have your eyes, Anthology of 150 poets who committed suicide

     • Haddad, J. (2004) The return of Lilith, poetry

    Bibliography in Italian:

    o Haddad, J. (2011). Le sette vite di Luca, Children's literatureMondadori Junior, Milan, Italy.

    Bibliography in Spanish:

    • Haddad, J. (2006). Allí donde el río se incendia, Antología poética, 2005, Ediciones De Aquí, Málaga, Espana, , Fundación Editorial El Perro y la Rana, Caracas, Venezuela.


    Bibliography in French:

    • Haddad, J. (1995). Le temps d'un rêve, Poésie

    • Haddad, J. (2010). Les amants ne devraient porter que des mocassins, littérature érotique, Editions Humus.

Awards and Distinctions

  • Was listed on the "Beirut-39" list for being one of the 39 most interesting Arab writers under 39, 2009.
  • Selected yearly as one of the world’s 100 most powerful Arab women for four years in a row by Arabian Business Magazine.
  • Received the "Career Poetry Prize" by the ArchiculturaFoundation in Acquiterme, Italy, 2014.
  • Received the Cutuli Prize for journalism in Catania, Italy, 2012.
  • Received the "Rodolfo Gentili Prize" for her support of women's rights, 2010.
  • Received the "Blue Metropolis Arab Literary Prize" during the Montreal International Literary Festival organized by the Blue Metropolis Foundation for her literary achievements, 2010.
  • Received the "International Prize North-South Prize" by the Pescarabruzzo Foundation for her poetry writings, 2009.
  • Received the "Arab Press Prize" for her cultural Journalistic achievements, 2006.