Azadeh Moaveni is Director of the Project for Gender and Conflict at the International Crisis Group and Lecturer in Journalism at New York University, London. She has reported and written from the Middle East for nearly two decades, starting as a Fulbright Fellow in Egypt in 1998, and then as correspondent for TIME magazine and the Los Angeles Times, working across Iran, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, and Iraq. Her work has focused throughout on how women and girls are impacted by political instability and conflict, as well as the interplay between militarism, Islamism and women’s social status and rights. She is the author of Lipstick Jihad, Honeymoon in Tehran, and co-author, with Iranian Nobel Peace Laurate Shirin Ebadi, of Iran Awakening, which has been translated into over forty languages. A Pulitzer finalist, her book Guest House for Young Widows: Among the Women of ISIS, was published in autumn of 2019 and shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize. She writes for the London Review of Books, the Guardian, and the New York Times, among other publications.
Jacqueline Maley is a columnist and senior writer for the Sydney Morning Herald and Age newspapers, where she writes about politics, people and social affairs. She has also worked on staff at The Guardian in London and The Australian Financial Review, as well as contributing to numerous other publications including Gourmet Traveller and Marie Claire. In 2016 she won the Kennedy Award for Outstanding Columnist.