Universiteit Leiden

nl en


Women Reporting from the Frontlines: A Discussion with Female War Correspondents

Wednesday 3 November 2021
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague

From Iraq to Sri Lanka to Nicaragua women have been reporting from the frontlines for centuries sometimes to great acclaim. As part of our overarching theme this year at WIIS NL of Women in War and Peace in this roundtable we ask female journalists about their experiences as war correspondents. What are their unique strengths? What obstacles do they face when reporting in hazardous conditions?

In a moderated panel discussion, we would like to invite female war correspondents to openly discuss these experiences and engage with a diverse audience.


Welcome Address:

  • Vanessa Newby - WIIS-NL President and Leiden University


  • Joanna Roper CMG - British Ambassador to the Netherlands and UK Permanent Representative to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons


  • Dilrukshi Handunnetti – Sri Lakan Journalist
  • Ana Van Es – Dutch Journalist

Panel Moderator

  • Willemijn Aerdts – WIIS NL and Leiden University


16:45 hrs (CET) Doors open
17:00 hrs Event starts
18:30 hrs onwards Borrel & Networking

Register and questions

Please register for the in person or online attendance via this form. Due to limited availability of seats, please indicate on the form whether you are going to attend in person or online.
For online: After your registration you will receive a Zoom link to join the event.

If you have any questions about this event, please send an e-mail to Isi Madojemu.

About WIIS-Netherlands

WIIS-Netherlands (WIIS-NL) is an affiliate of WIIS Global. WIIS-NL subscribers include: professionals, civil servants, academics, NGOs, employees of international bodies and organizations, embassy staff, politicians, students, and interested members of the general public. The Chapter’s base is Leiden University in The Hague. Women In International Security (WIIS) is the premier organization in the world dedicated to advancing the leadership and professional development of women in the field of international peace and security. WIIS (pronounced “wise”) sponsors leadership training, mentoring, and networking programs as well as substantive events focused on current policy problems. WIIS also supports research projects and policy engagement initiatives on critical international security issues, including the nexus between gender and security.

This website uses cookies.  More information.