Tanya Birkbeck is a Beirut-based freelance journalist with more than 15 years’ experience reporting in Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. She works in print, radio and television, both in front of and behind the camera. After growing up on her family’s farm in Canada, Tanya has gone on to travel the world, using journalism to foster understanding between people of different cultures and religions. In her reporting, Tanya aims to give a voice to vulnerable girls and women. She is also interested in how art, fashion and culture intersect with politics. Tanya has primarily reported for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation but has also filed for The Globe and Mail, CNN, NPR and Radio New Zealand. Tanya is committed to mentoring journalists in developing countries. She has worked in South Sudan as a journalism trainer with Internews and as a radio consultant with the United Nations.