Yvonne was elected European President of the International Muslim Womens Union (in Special Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations) at their 2010 conference in Lebanon.
Her long career as a print journalist saw her working as a senior reporter with several well-known British newspapers including The Sunday Times, The Observer, The Independent on Sunday and The Sunday Express. While working for the latter as Chief Reporter on an undercover assignment in Afghanistan immediately after 9/11 she herself became the subject of international headlines when she was held by the Taliban.
In addition to her work as an author, journalist and film-maker Yvonne is a committed peace activist, champion of civil liberties and advocate for women’s rights.
She is also the Vice President and media director of the European Muslim League (EML) headquartered in Milan and Bern since its inception in 2010.
In addition to this she is also a board member of the World Federation of Arab Islamic International Schools (WFAII) which set up a UK base in 2011. In addition to this and many other projects, she is part of an ongoing peace initiative led by Lord Ahmed Nazir to bring about a Muslim-led solution to the conflict in Darfur, Sudan.
Yvonne is a founder member of the Friends of Islam, an All Party Parliamentary Group. She is also a member of the National Union of Journalists, the International Federation of Journalists, founder member of Women in Journalism and the Society of Authors. She has written two books called In The Hands of the Taleban and Ticket to Paradise and is currently writing and researching another title.
She was on the first international flotilla to sail to Gaza in 2008 – a project personally endorsed by Nobel Peace Laureates, the former US President Jimmy Carter and Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa. This humanitarian mission was hailed by the then President of the UN General Assembly as “truly in the spirit of Gandhi”.
Whether it is Chechnya, Kashmir, Darfur, Palestine or the illegal detention of so many innocent people in the so-called “War on Terror”, a common thread runs through all Yvonne’s work – social justice for all, the protection of civil liberties, the eradication of the pernicious cycle of poverty, and a steadfast commitment to the equality and empowerment of all women.
The Arab Spring enabled her to take an active role of support, which is ongoing today, in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and elsewhere.
Yvonne continues to write regularly for the international press and she is also an accomplished documentary film-maker and has won winning several prestigious film festival awards for her work in this field through her own TV production company First Witness based in Soho, London.
She has also become a leading campaigner against the use of US drones in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and elsewhere describing the unmanned killing machines as “beyond the rule of international law and justice”. Just recently she recruited an all-women “Peace Platoon” to go to the tribal areas of Pakistan to show solidarity and support with women there who live in daily terror of the American drones.