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Yalda Hakim

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Born Kabul
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NationalityAustralian
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Education Macquarie University
Macleay College
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Yalda Hakim Life story


Yalda Hakim is an Australian broadcast journalist, news presenter, and documentary maker. Hakim predominantly presents on BBC World News, but her documentaries and reports can also be seen on the BBC News Channel and on BBC Two's Newsnight.

Yalda Hakim (born 26 June 1983) is an Australian broadcast journalist, news presenter, and documentary maker. After her family left Afghanistan and settled in Australia in 1986, she grew up in the western Sydney suburb of Parramatta and went on to study journalism. She started her career at SBS Television, moving to the BBC TV in 2012. Hakim predominantly presents on BBC World News.

Early life and education


Hakim was born on 26 June 1983 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Her family fled the country during the Soviet–Afghan War when she was six months old. The family travelled on horseback overland to Pakistan with the help of people smugglers. After two years in Pakistan, the family settled in Australia as migrants in 1986, when she was three years old.Hakim attended Macarthur Girls High School in Parramatta, Sydney, where she played the violin and became a sports captain and prefect. She also attended Parramatta West Public School.Hakim went on to study for a Bachelor of Arts in Media from 2002 to 2004 at Macquarie University, where she was also a board member of the Macquarie University Union.In 2005, Hakim received a Diploma in Journalism at Macleay College, Sydney. She then went on to study a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism via distance education at Monash University from 2007 to 2009, in addition to a cadetship at the Special Broadcasting Service.Besides English, Hakim is fluent in Persian, Dari, Hindi, Urdu, and Pashto, and as of 2022 was learning Mandarin.

Career


SBS and Dateline


Hakim returned to Kabul for her first Dateline report in 2008, and from then reported from across the world for Dateline and SBS World News Australia.

She was awarded the United Nations Association of Australia Media Peace Prize for best Australian Television News Coverage in 2009, and has also been a finalist for the Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year Award.Beginning in 2011, Hakim co-hosted Dateline with fellow video journalist Mark Davis, the two taking it in turns to present the programme in approximately six-week blocks, while the other was away on assignment.

BBC News


In December 2012, it was announced that Hakim would join the BBC. Hakim had been in talks with BBC executives since April 2012, after being approached at a broadcasting conference in Brisbane. Subsequent meetings took place in New York, Dubai, and Afghanistan. She first appeared on BBC World News and the BBC News Channel in March 2013.In October 2013, she interviewed Hamid Karzai, the President of Afghanistan, for Newsnight.Since March 2014, she has made several appearances as the presenter on Impact, ultimately becoming the programme's main presenter later that year.Her documentaries and reports can also be seen on the BBC News Channel and on BBC Two's Newsnight.On 8 September 2022, Hakim tweeted that Elizabeth II had died 3 hours and 23 minutes (3 minutes before the official time of death at 15:10) in advance of the formal announcement of her death; she later withdrew the tweet.

Yalda Hakim Foundation


The Yalda Hakim Foundation (YHF) was established in 2018 to support the education of exceptionally talented young women from Afghanistan, through scholarships, internships, and mentoring. In 2019 it offered a full four-year scholarship program at the American University of Afghanistan.

In 2021 the Yalda Hakim Foundation partnered with Oriel College at Oxford University to provide a scholarship for a young Afghan woman, offering a fully-funded one-year masters degree course.

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BBC Profile

Taliban schools U-turn 'a devastating day' for Afghan girls - Malala Yousafzai

Taliban schools U-turn 'a devastating day' for Afghan girls - Malala Yousafzai
Mar 23,2022 8:32 pm

... Speaking to BBC World News Yalda Hakim, Ms Yousafzai said the Taliban is envisioning an Afghanistan where we do not have educated women...

Afghanistan girls' tears over chaotic Taliban schools U-turn

Afghanistan girls' tears over chaotic Taliban schools U-turn
Mar 23,2022 4:58 pm

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Ukraine: Invasion fears are hype and hysteria - Russian diplomat

Ukraine: Invasion fears are hype and hysteria - Russian diplomat
Feb 17,2022 12:33 pm

... Dmitry Polyanskiy told the BBC s Yalda Hakim that if Russia was not attacked or provoked, it would not initiate a war...

Life under the Taliban: Yalda Hakim's journey back to Afghanistan

Life under the Taliban: Yalda Hakim's journey back to Afghanistan
Jan 28,2022 7:03 pm

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Afghanistan: Donors to release frozen funds for food and health aid

Afghanistan: Donors to release frozen funds for food and health aid
Dec 11,2021 5:02 am

... Media caption, The BBC s Yalda Hakim looks at four key areas of concern in Afghanistan...

Afghanistan: Taliban warned against targeting former security forces

Afghanistan: Taliban warned against targeting former security forces
Dec 5,2021 6:20 am

... Media caption, BBC reporter, Yalda Hakim, looks at four key areas of concern in Afghanistan,...

Afghanistan: Macron reveals plans for joint European mission

Afghanistan: Macron reveals plans for joint European mission
Dec 4,2021 5:43 pm

... Media caption, BBC reporter, Yalda Hakim, looks at four key areas of concern in Afghanistan,...

Afghanistan: Hamid Karzai says the Taliban are his brothers

Afghanistan: Hamid Karzai says the Taliban are his brothers
Dec 2,2021 3:13 pm

... Speaking to the BBC s Yalda Hakim, Mr Karzai was pressed on when girls and women would be able to go back into education and work...

Afghanistan girls' tears over chaotic Taliban schools U-turn

Nov 24,2021 7:02 am

Early This Morning , at her home on a hilltop in The West of Kabul, 15-year-old Marzia packed her bag for school, for the First Time since The Taliban took power last August.

" I became so, so happy when I Heard school was restarting, " she told The Bbc . " It makes me hopeful about The Future again. "

Around 200 other girls had also made their way to the Sayed ul Shuhada school, far fewer than usual, as pupils and their families debated whether or not lessons would actually start and whether it would be safe for them to attend.

Since August, in most of Afghanistan, only girls' primary schools have remained open, along with All Boys ' schools.

Today as a new academic year began, girls' secondary schools were finally expected to re-open along with other institutes.

It felt a particularly poignant moment for students here. Last Year More Than 90 of their classmates and school staff were killed in.

" The First suicide bombing happened very close to me, " says Sakina, as Her Eyes fill up with tears. " There were lots of dead people in front of me… I didn't think I would survive. "

She pauses, overwhelmed with emotion, before continuing, " Our revenge on The People who did this, will be continuing our education. We want to succeed in our lives, so we can fulfil the dreams of our martyrs. "

As they entered the classrooms, The Students wiped the dust off the desks but already some of the teachers were murmuring that, unexpectedly, The School would have to shut down again.

The Local Taliban education official, who had given us permission to film at The School earlier This Week , forwarded the headteacher a WhatsApp message, saying until further notice.

The Students reacted with shock and horror. Some began to cry. " We just want to be able to learn and serve our people, " Fatima told us. " What kind of country is this? What is our sin? "

She asked, addressing The Taliban whilst visibly distraught. " You're always talking about Islam, does Islam say to harm women like this? "

It's difficult to fathom The Taliban 's rationale. A Ministry of Education ceremony marking the start of The Academic year went ahead despite the development.

Aziz-ur-Rahman Rayan, spokesman for the ministry, said all preparations had been made for the re-opening of schools, but that The Group 's central leadership had ordered them to stay closed until, " a comprehensive plan has been prepared according to Sharia and Afghan culture".

However, even before The Taliban took power, secondary schools in Afghanistan were already segregated by gender, whilst the uniform consisted of a modest black outfit and white hijab, or headscarf.

What's more, in A Number of provinces local Taliban officials had already begun allowing girls' secondary schools to re-open Last Year , despite the lack of a central official policy.

Privately, Taliban figures admit the issue of female education is a controversial one amongst their most hardline elements.

The chaotic nature of this policy reversal, suggests the groups' central leadership decided at The Last minute to overrule their own Ministry of Education, nervous about alienating their most ultra-conservative members.

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The divergence of views within The Taliban at times correlates to their geographic location.

In one part of the more cosmopolitan north of the country, even under the " shadow government" The Taliban established during their insurgency, a local leader once proudly showed off still-functioning girls schools to me during a visit.

By contrast, in a rural part of The Conservative , Southern Province of Helmand, one Taliban fighter whose views on female education I asked, replied with a smile, " if girls want to learn, their brothers can go to school And Then teach them at home".

But even in The Most conservative areas, the majority of ordinary Afghan families appear to now be in favour of female education.

Many have long questioned whether The Taliban have changed since they were in power in the 1990s when all women were forced to wear the all-encompassing burka and even girls' primary schools remained closed?

Nowadays, the picture is more nuanced. A recent study by the World Bank found that there had actually been a rise in female primary school attendance since The Taliban takeover as security improved. Meanwhile, The Group has allowed women to attend university as long as classes are segregated.

But today's decision to keep girls' secondary schools closed, appears to underline The Gulf that still exists between The Taliban leadership and contemporary Afghan society.



Source of news: bbc.com

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