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Helena Williams

Freelance journalist

Helena Williams is a London-based freelance journalist. She writes about international affairs, human rights, women's issues and the media. She is assistant news editor for the International News Safety Institute (INSI) and is a City University Newspaper Journalism MA graduate. She has written for The Sunday Times, The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and others. She also blogs for The Frontline Club.

Sexual Violence Against Women in Egypt: Have We Stopped Listening?

A small crowd gathered outside the Egyptian embassy in icy Mayfair last night. Arabic chanting was interspersed with English - "We are not afraid, we will not be silent. Egyptian women, we are with you! We won't give up! We won't give in!" Banners bared images of women who were sexually assaulted while participating in mass protests
13/02/2013 16:12 GMT

New Book Details Sri Lanka's 'Habit of Denial'

It saw one of the bloodiest conflicts of this century, and yet many still only see it as a tropical paradise. While the south boasted palm-fringed beaches - a picture-perfect destination for cocktail-sipping tourists - northern Sri Lanka was a hell on earth for the Tamil minority as government troops clashed with Tiger insurgents.
04/10/2012 10:37 BST

BBC Journalists' Families Caught Up in 'Campaign of Intimidation'

Staff of the BBC Persian service said that recently, several friends and relatives of employees living in Iran have been arrested, interrogated and detained in a "campaign of intimidation" leading up to the parliamentary elections and amid escalating political tensions between Iran and the United Kingdom.
07/02/2012 23:30 GMT

Will the Women of the Arab Spring be forgotten?

A year ago Tunisian fruit vendor Mohamed Bouazizi torched himself out of economic despair. Little did he know that his act would spark the uprisings that tore through the Middle East and North Africa in 2011.
18/12/2011 23:14 GMT

How Dr Amna Tillisi is Taking Medical Aid to Libya

The first female gynaecologist on the ground, Tillisi helped establish an obstetrician clinic for women within just 48 hours of being there - and explains the dire need the camp was in for an authoritative woman's presence in the camp.
08/11/2011 23:29 GMT