Sally Armstrong

2010 Recipient


SallyArmstrongPHOTOAs a world-renowned human rights activist, documentary filmmaker and award-winning author, Ms. Armstrong has covered stories about women and girls in zones of conflict all over the world. From Bosnia and Somalia to Rwanda and Afghanistan, her eyewitness reports have earned her awards including the Gold Award from the National Magazine Awards Foundation and the Author’s Award from the Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters. She received the Amnesty International Media Award in 2000 and again in 2002.  Sally is the co-producer and host of several documentaries including They Fell From the Sky that aired on CBC’s Rough Cuts in November 2001; The Daughters of Afghanistan aired on CBC Newsworld, The Passionate Eye on March 2, 2003. In 1996, the YWCA of Toronto honoured Sally with the prestigious Women of Distinction Award in Communications. In 1997, she received the Achievement Award for Human Rights for Women from Jewish Women International; in 1998, Media Watch’s Dodi Robb Award and, in 2003, the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement from the National Magazine Awards Foundation. In 2005, she received the Athena International Award (Chicago), the World of Difference Award from the International Alliance for Women (Florida) and the Red Cross Humanitarian Award — New Brunswick Region. In 2008 she received the Clarkson Laureate for public service at Massey College, University of Toronto. And in May 2008, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Journalism Foundation.

She received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Royal Roads University in 2000, an Honorary Doctor of Letters from McGill University at the October 2002 convocation and , in 2004, an Honorary Doctor of Letters from St. Thomas University. In 2007, she was made Doctor of the University at the University of Ottawa and received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Guelph University, and, in 2009, a Doctor of Laws from Mount Allison University. In 1998, she was made a Member of the Order of Canada.

Her book Veiled Threat: The Hidden Power of the Women of Afghanistan was published by Penguin Books on May 23, 2002. The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor was published by Random House in March 2007. Her new book Bitter Roots, Tender Shoots: the Uncertain Fate of Afghanistan’s Women was published in November 2008.