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Fatima al-Budeiri

Fatima al-Budeiri

Sector : Media, Journalists

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: Palestine
  • Gender: Female
  • Born in: 1923
  • Age: 99
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Fatima Musa Al-Budairi (1923 – June 2009) was a Palestinian radio broadcaster and curator. She began her radio career at the radio station Jerusalem Calling broadcasting and producing and working as an women's and literary programme assistant and news broadcaster. Al-Budeiri also worked in Syria, Jordan and Palestine. She also worked for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East and at the Jordan University Library. Al-Budari received recognition from the Arab Women Journalists Center.

She was born in Jerusalem in 1923. Al-Budeiri's lineage is traced back to an ancient family with roots in Jersualem. She was the daughter of the Sharia judge Sheikh Musa al-Budeiri, who worked in Jersualem, and transferred his knowledge to students at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Al-Budeiri was educated at the Teachers' College, Jersualem, from which she graduated in 1941. She first educated in the city of Bethlehem, and then went on to teach at the Rural Teachers’ House in Ramallah.

In early 1946, Al-Budeiri joined the staff of the radio station Jerusalem Calling as a broadcaster and producer. Her father did not raise any objections to her career choice. Al-Budeiri worked as an assistant for the women's and literary programmes as well as broadcasting the news. She left the broadcaster in 1947. In 1949, Al-Budeiri relocated to Damascus in the Levant and co-founded Radio Al-Sham with her husband. She moved to Ramallah in 1952, and was asked to broadcast the news on a daily basis on a radio station whilst also working in the education field. Al-Budeiri subsequently relocated to East Berlin in 1957 broadcasting the news on Radio Berlin Arab and East German Radio for the following seven years.

She returned to Ramallah in 1965 and then relocated to Amman two years later. Al-Budeiri served as curator of the library at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East between 1965 and 1971 and later for the classification department at the Jordan University Library from 1978 to 1983.She partook in several Arab and international conferences with her professional experiences subjected to multiple studies and was researched for the purposes of the role of Arab women in the media.

Al-Budeiri was married to the Palestinian poet, radio broadcaster and writer Issam Hammad from 1948 to 2006. There were two children of the marriage. In early July 2009, she died in Amman.Although Al-Budeiri dreamed of a burial in Jersualem, she was instead buried in Amman.

The obituarist for Al Ra'i described her as a "wonderful Jerusalemite lady". Aida Al-Najjar, the writer, said Al-Budeiri had made herself to be "a broadcaster for political news to be the leader among women, and in this work and to work with men". Ad-Dustour noted she was a "pioneer of Arab radio stations, and the only female voice that competed with men’s voices on the radio." Al-Budeiri was given recognition by the Arab Women Journalists Center.




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