Hanna Yusuf Biography
Hanna Yusuf is from Somalia, she was born in 1992 and 27 years old when her death confirmed as per her family on Monday, September 30th, 2019. He was a London-based broadcast journalist who was working as a reporter for the BBC News website. She previously worked as a TV producer for the BBC News Channel and the News at One.
Hanna Yusuf‘s family released below statement following the sudden and unexpected death of our beloved sister @HannaAYusuf.
A tribute to our beloved sister Hanna, an exceptional young talent, gone too early. May Allah (SWT) forgive & grant her the highest ranks of jannah. Ameen pic.twitter.com/ZqqG64eh5V
— Abdirachid Fidow (@Iamfidow) September 30, 2019
Hanna Yusuf is a BBC journalist, who helped uncover Costa Coffee managers’ refusal to pay employee sick leave, and defended wearing the hijab as a ‘feminist statement’,.
Hanna Yusuf Age
She was 27 years old.
Hanna Yusuf Early Life, Education
Born in Somalia in 1992, Ms Yusuf grew up in the Netherlands and received a Scott Trust bursary to do an MA in newspaper journalism at City, the University of London in 2017, following her degree at Queen Mary, University of London.
Hanna Yusuf BBC News Journalist
completely devastated, hanna was so talented and her work will go on to change lives forever. rest in peace schatje ❤️ pic.twitter.com/2kOQOq8IbB
— ikran 🌱 (@ikran) September 30, 2019
According to her bio on her website, Hanna Yusuf was a London-based broadcast journalist working as a reporter for the BBC News website. She previously worked as a TV producer for the BBC News Channel and the News at One. Prior to that Hanna was a researcher for BBC News at Six and Ten.
Ms Yusuf wrote for the BBC News website, had worked as a TV news producer, and had previously written for the Guardian, the Independent and the Times.
Born in Somalia in 1992 she spoke six languages, including Somali and Arabic, and had worked with whistleblowers and victims of serious crime.
Last year she told the story of Zaynab Hussein, a mother of nine who moved to Leicester in 2003 after escaping violence and instability in Somalia, who was a victim of a hate crime that left her with life-changing injuries after she was repeatedly run over by a 21-year-old stranger in the street.
There are no words right now to describe the pain of losing a best friend. Your beautiful smile, laugh and spirit. Your big heart. A rising star who will never be forgotten. You will always be loved and with us. #workwifeforlife 💛💛💛💛 https://t.co/LBs6DiiTjR pic.twitter.com/qn7RiAdYMN
— Rianna Croxford (@The_Crox) September 30, 2019
Prior to joining the BBC, Hanna’s writing was featured widely in the British and international press. She worked as a reporter and features writer for The Independent, and, as a freelancer, contributed to The Times, ITV, BBC Three, The Muslim News, The National (UAE), Grazia Magazine, among others. Her contributions to the debate around the hijab and feminist theory have been widely referenced in the UK and beyond. She is one of many experts that contributed to Gemma Cairney’s book: Open: A Toolkit for How Magic and Messed Up Life Can Be.
Wearing the hijab
Today @BBCNews is in mourning after one of our brightest stars died. @HannaAYusuf was sharp, witty and allowed us all to understand the important stuff a little better. We will remember Hanna by learning from her remarkable work https://t.co/pNKO949Gr2
— Kamal Ahmed (@bbckamal) October 1, 2019
Hanna started at the BBC as a researcher on the News at Six and Ten in May 2017, before moving to the BBC News Channel and News at One and the website.
In 2015, she created a video for the Guardian about her decision to wear the hijab at the time, saying “it has nothing to do with oppression. It’s a feminist statement”, which was picked up by other websites including Teen Vogue and Everyday Feminism.
Appearing on Good Morning Britain after the European Court of Justice’s 2017 ruling gave employers the power to ban all political, religious and philosophical symbols at work, she told TV presenters Piers Morgan and Susannah Reid it would “disproportionately affect Muslim women”.
Hanna Yusuf Death, Hanna Yusuf Cause of Death
In a statement, Hanna’s family said the death of their “beloved daughter, sister and niece” had come as a shock and asked for privacy.
“Many will know Hanna for her incredible contributions to journalism and for her work at the BBC. While we mourn her loss, we hope that Hanna’s legacy will serve as an inspiration and beacon to her fellow colleagues and to her community and her meaningful memory and the people she has touched for many years lives on,” the statement read.
They added that they would notify the community about funeral arrangements in due course. Her cause of death has not been released.
Hanna Yusuf Tributes
Terribly sad news that @HannaAYusuf has died aged just 27. A role- model and rising star, producing such groundbreaking and vital work it’s a devastating loss. My thoughts to her family and friends. https://t.co/kHPcLDFlaK
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) October 1, 2019
After the news of her death broke on social media, colleagues paid tribute to Yusuf’s qualities as a journalist and friend. Some of the tributes include;
Director of BBC News Fran Unsworth said: “This is terrible news that has left us all deeply saddened. Hanna Yusuf was a talented young journalist who was widely admired across the BBC and our utmost sympathies go to her family and many friends. Hanna will be much missed.”
Fellow BBC journalist Sophia Smith Galer said Hanna was “invariably the kindest, smartest and most captivating person in the room”.
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Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Journalist Hanna Yusuf discusses wearing the hijab on GMB in 2017
- Hanna Yusuf, who defended the hijab as a ‘feminist statement’ has died aged 27
- Colleagues paid tribute to a ‘talented young journalist’ and a ‘fierce friend’
- Her family said they hoped her legacy ‘would serve as an inspiration’
- Somali-born Ms Yusuf spoke six languages and had work published in several national newspapers and magazines before joining the BBC in 2017
‘The hijab is a feminist statement’: Hanna Yusuf’s 2015 defence of the Muslim headscarf
‘My hijab has nothing to do with oppression. It’s a feminist statement. It was probably the first thing you noticed, but I’m wearing a hijab. It’s just a scarf that some women wear to cover parts of their bodies, but you wouldn’t think so given the uproar it causes.
‘For many men, and non-hijabi women, this piece of clothing is the very epitome of oppression. But in a world where a woman’s value has often reduced her sexual allure, what could be more empowering than rejecting that notion?
‘By covering up, we reject the message that women must be sexy, but not slutty. Stick thin, but still curvy. Youthful, but all-natural. It’s a market that pressures women to try to attain the unattainable. Why does the hijab seem to cause such offense? It’s not that it poses any real threats to the progressive values, but because it resists the commercial imperatives that support consumer culture.
‘Let me explain. Capitalism constructs women as both merchandise and consumers. Look at how we market cars, beer, and computer games. Hijabi women don’t fit into that mold. Their presumed modesty is a direct contrast to more commercially viable images of women as clothes horses, sex symbols, and shopaholics.
‘Now, my concern with the hijab being unfairly portrayed as a symbol of oppression is in no way a denial of the fact that some women are forced to wear it in some parts of the world, sometimes through appalling violence.
‘Yes, some might say there’s nothing inherently liberating in covering up, just as there’s noting inherently liberating in wearing next to nothing. But the liberation lies in the choice.
‘By assuming that all veiled women are oppressed, we belittle the choice of those who want to wear it. Even when women are vocal about wanting to wear the hijab, they are conveniently unheard or silenced.
‘Like the time FEMEN leader, Inna Shevchenko, kindly reminded us that Muslim women can’t think for themselves. Her response to a group of women complaining against FEMEN was, “They write on their posters that they don’t need liberation, but in their eyes, it’s written, ‘Help me.’”
‘If pressure to wear the hijab is seen as oppression, and rightly so, why is social pressure, or legal pressure, to not wear it excused as female emancipation? Only a few months ago, a young girl from France, where women get fined for wearing the face veil, was excluded from school because her skirt wasn’t short enough – I mean secular enough. (The screen shows a newspaper article with this headline, “Muslim girl is told skirt is too long under secular laws” by David Chazan).
‘And then another Muslim woman was denied a job because she chose to wear a scarf. What’s that you’re thinking? That hijab controls sexuality. Just stop right there.
‘We have ad campaigns in women’s magazines with step-by-step guides on how to look, smile, and breathe so that you drive him wild with pleasure. Do you really believe it’s a scarf that controls a woman’s sexuality?
‘Let’s be real. This pseudo-feminist argument against the hijab reinforces existing power structures, and goes against the feminist values it claims to defend.
‘The truth is that for many women, the hijab allows them to reclaim their bodies and have full control over them, and that makes a lot of people uncomfortable. But what do I know? I’m only a passive little hijabi who can’t think for herself.’