Sally Armstrong is a renowned journalist, humanitarian, and author who has covered stories in zones of conflict all over the world. From Bosnia to Somalia, Congo to Afghanistan, Iraq to Guatemala, her eyewitness reports have earned her the Amnesty International Media Award four times over, as well as global acclaim. Armstrong shares her experiences reporting from the frontlines. Her speeches on the complexities of conflict provide audiences with valuable insights into the role we all play in seeking peace.
Armstrong is the author of several books, including Veiled Threat: The Hidden Power of the Women of Afghanistan; The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor; Bitter Roots, Tender Shoots: The Uncertain Fate of Afghanistan’s Women; Ascent of Women: A New Age is Dawning for Every Mother’s Daughter; The Longest Revolution; and Rebel. Her forthcoming book, Outspoken, which tells the story about what really happened in Afghanistan and to Afghan women, will be available in February 2024.
In 2019, Armstrong delivered the renowned CBC Massey Lecture series, traveling across the country to discuss how improving the status of woman globally is crucial to our survival. Her lectures are available as a published book titled Power Shift: The Longest Revolution. She also delivered the Judy LaMarsh Lecture at Victoria College in 2020, the same year she was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award from Women of Influence.
Throughout her career, Armstrong has received numerous awards and accolades including the YWCA of Toronto’s prestigious Women of Distinction Award, the Gold Award from the National Magazine Awards Foundation, the Achievement Award for Human Rights for Women from Jewish Women International, the Calgary Peace Prize, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Journalism Foundation, among many others.
An Officer of the Order of Canada, Armstrong is a former member of the International Women’s Commission whose mandate was to assist with the path to peace in the Middle East. She is the recipient of 11 honorary degrees and one honorary diploma.