- Geographic Location: Middle East and North Africa
Simba Shani Kamaria Russeau is an award winning multimedia storyteller and 'Taste Culture' creator living in Beirut, Lebanon.
In 2002, Simba covered her first foreign assignment in East Timor. Since then she has reported from South Korea, Philippines, Haiti, Japan, the US, Dubai and Lebanon.
For 4 years she worked as an assignment editor for Pacifica Radio’s Free Speech Radio News. A daily national and international radio news program.
Simba’s work, as a photographer and writer, has been published in World Environment Magazine, Rolling Stone and Sowar Magazine, Le Monde, Internazionale, The Guardian Weekly, Inter Press Service, Menassat.com and the IRIN News Agency.
Simba’s photographs and articles have been featured in Global Reporting Initiative’s and the International Museum of Women’s online exhibhitions. Recently she was selected as one of thirty journalists for the Every Human Has Rights Media Award.
She has conducted several workshops with streets kids, ex-prisoners, children of migrant workers and refugees on the use of photography and interviewing as a tool for self-empowerment in underrepresented communities as means of dealing with racism, poverty, prejudice and war.
Currently she is working with COSV Libano researching the culture of racism and discrimination in Lebanon as well as multimedia essays documenting displaced faces around the world, migrant workers, Black Arabs and women in the MENA region.
She is also the brainchild behind the 24/7 Campaign and founder and organizer of the “Taste Culture” events initiative, which uses food from the countries of migrant domestic workers in Lebanon, art and music as a means of raising awareness to Lebanon’s cultural diversity, sharing culture and combating racism.
As a student of the martial arts Simba believes it’s important to appreciate your life and train hard everyday to develop better character and purpose, which is why she has dedicated her life to documenting social issues.
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Visit My Web site (simbarusseau.com)
Exhibit change by:
By hosting a Cultural Exchange Food Festival with foods from various countries of female migrant workers in Lebanon, workshops from African and Asian art forms, art exhibitions, musical performances and lectures on gender awareness to challenge stereotyping, racism and gender.
I'm passionate about:
Africa, Women, poverty, injustice, prison industry, war, racism, displacement and self-empowerment, hip hop, Capoeira, Gender, Labour, human rights, law, culture, poetry, sufism
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Domestic workers, the majority of whom are women, make up nearly 19 percent of Lebanon's population. These workers send remittances home and contribute significantly to the national incomes of many labor-exporting countries in Africa and South and Southeast Asia. Female migrants like Abbey, profiled here, are vulnerable because of their gender and migration status. Free Speech Radio News' Simba Russeau looks at the plight of trafficked domestic workers in Lebanon, and the legal regulations that affect their situation.
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Domestic workers, the majority of whom are women, constitute a large portion of today's migrant worker population. The International Labour Organization (ILO), estimates nearly 19 percent of Lebanon's population is domestic workers.
These workers send remittances home and contribute significantly to the national incomes of many labor-exporting countries in Africa, South and Southeast Asia. Female migrants are dually vulnerable because of their gender and migration status. Free Speech Radio News' Simba Russeau brings us an exposé on the conditions of women migrants working as domestic workers in Lebanon.
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