Photo: Peter Bregg

About Me

I’m a journalist, well I’m an author too, and…

I give speeches all over the place.  But here’s what I want to share with you. As a journalist, I work in zones of conflict. My beat is to find out what happens to women and girls in places like Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Middle East; but I also cover the status of women in North America. I haven’t had a good news story to tell in 25 years. But now I do.

2017 was quite a year for Sally Armstrong. Highlights include assignments in Iraq, Kenya  and Afghanistan and a speech at a conference in Oxford, UK as well as an address at Oxford University. Sally won the Dave Greber Award for Social Justice Writing and was promoted to Officer of the Order of Canada. Sally Armstrong and photographer/videographer Peter Bregg won the Amnesty International Canada Media Award for their work in Iraq (this is Sally’s fourth Amnesty International Canada Media Award) and Sally Armstrong and Peter Bregg won the Gold Award for Investigative Journalism at The Canadian Online Publishing Gala for their work about the Yazidis called Resisting Genocide.


Photo Avril Benoit

Sally Armstrong is sometimes called “the war correspondent for the world’s women.” She’s also known as “La Talibanista.” She’s a journalist who covers zones of conflict. Her beat is to find out what happens to women and girls.


An award winning author, journalist and human rights activist she’s a three-time winner of the Amnesty International Canada media award; she holds ten honorary degrees and is a member of the Order of Canada. Armstrong was the first journalist to bring the story of the women of Afghanistan to the world and is relentless when it comes to exposing the abuse of women whether on an American university campus or a village in a war zone.

Michele Landsberg, author of Writing the Revolution describes her this way:  “Striding into Taliban-held Afghanistan with a chador over her six-foot frame, playing high-fives with a traumatized child rape survivor in the Congolese jungle, marching with the defiant grandmothers in Swaziland, she explores the darkest reaches of women’s experience and brings back astonishing news of hope, challenge and change. From Tahrir Square to LA, Armstrong discovers that the sisters are doing it for themselves—and revolutionizing the world.” Michele Landsberg, author of Writing the Revolution

Planting seeds of hope for girls in Afghanistan

Photo above: Peter Bregg The Taliban is still a looming threat, but a non-for-profit group is teaching girls and women in Afghanistan …

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This is what Genocide Looks Like in the Eyes of Two Teenage Girls

Photo: Peter Bregg Two sisters were captured by ISIS and held as sex slaves. When they escaped, they wanted the world to …

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Kenyan Girls Seek Justice

Photo: Sally Armstrong When 160 girls between the ages of 3 and 17 sued the government of Kenya for failing to protect …

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Canada’s role in Iraq

Photo: Peter Bregg From innovative aid programs to teaching women how to make their voices heard, Canada is scoring big time in …

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Resisting Genocide

Photo: Peter Bregg This is the story of a people being persecuted – to death. And it’s a story about how the …

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Ascent of Women (American title UPRISING: A New Age is Dawning for Every Mother’s Daughter)

The earth is shifting under the status of women. That shift is altering intractable files such as poverty and conflict. And it’s improving the economy. Meet the extraordinary heroes – Malala Yousafzai, Sima Samar, Eve Ensler, Geena Davis who are driving change where no one believed it could happen.



Veiled Threat: The Hidden Power of the Women of Afghanistan

Veiled Threat begins on September 27, 1996, the day the Taliban seized power and put women under house arrest. It introduces the reader to the Afghan women who describe their rapid fire descent into the dark ages under the Taliban and the cloak and dagger covert action they took to subvert the hateful edicts of the rulers.



Bitter Roots, Tender Shoots: The Uncertain Fate of Afghanistan’s Women

If Veiled Threat was about what happened to the women of Afghanistan during the Taliban rule, Bitter Roots is about what happened after the Taliban were overthrown. It takes on the tapestry of unspoken truths and unravels the threads that are strangling Afghanistan’s attempts to join the 21st Century.



The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor

At the age of 20 in the year 1775, Charlotte Taylor ran away from her aristocratic family in England with her lover who was the family’s black butler. Ten days after arriving in Jamaica her lover died of Yellow Fever. Based in a true story this book chronicles the life of a woman who defied the odds and survived the weather, the want and the chicanery that stalked her.


Sally speaks to audiences as varied as corporate conventions, not-for-profit fundraisers, women leadership events, and highschool students seeking a better understanding of current affairs. Her audiences range from 2000 to 50. She’s a passionate speaker, and a great story teller with 20 years of experience.

For example she gave the Lindsay Breed lecture at the Harvard Medical School in 2014, and she was the keynote speaker at the Women In Leadership Development Conference for Sears in Chicago in 2014, and at the Impacts 100 event in Vero Beach, Florida, in 2015., and recently at the VIGOD Memorial Human Rights Lecture in New Brunswick, in 2016.


She delivered the following prestigious lectures as well:

  • Unique Lives and Experiences, (Toronto, ON)
  • Distinguished Lecture Series, Canadian Institute of International Affairs.  Rebuilding Societies in Crisis (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
  • The Jim Rose Lecture. Runnymede Institute and Canadian High Commission (London, England)
  • The Ruth McLean Bowman Bowers Lecture (San Antonio, Texas)
  • The Edger and Dorothy Davidson lecture (Mount Allison University, New Brunswick)
  • The Jeanne Sauvé Address (Montreal, Québec)
Photo by The Globe & Mail



In the Press

Interviews, stories and news about me in the press

CTV National News interview with Lisa LaFlamme

Photo: CTV News On CTV National News, anchor Lisa LaFlamme interviews me about education for girls in Afghanistan from my most recent trip. …

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Sally Armstrong talks to Lisa LaFlamme about Kenya’s fight against rape

Photo: CTV News Sally talks to Lisa LaFlamme on CTV National News about the extraordinary denouement for 160 girls in Kenya who …

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CBC interview with Peter Mansbridge

​ In the ‘One on One’ interview with Peter Mansbridge, we discuss the captured ISIS fighters who I met in Iraq, and …

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