Tanya Habjouqa was born in Jordan 1975 and educated in the United States, receiving her masters in Global Media and Middle East Politics from the University of London SOAS. Beginning her career in Texas, she documented Mexican migrant communities and urban poverty before returning to the Middle East.
Tanya is known for gaining unique access to sensitive gender, social and human rights stories in the Middle East, covering the bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) community in Jerusalem, heroin addiction under occupation, and abuse of female foreign domestic workers in Jordan.
Habjouqa has worked on the front lines in Iraq, Lebanon, Darfur, and Gaza - most recently documenting the everyday lives of Palestinian women in the Gaza Strip.
Based in Jerusalem, she is working on personal projects that explore socio-political dynamics, occupation, and subcultures of the Levant. Habjouqa is an astute writer, producer, and researcher. She is also a member of the dynamic all female, Middle East based Photo Collective, Rawiya. www.rawiya.net
Despite the devastation Palestinians of the Gaza Strip have faced due to the ongoing Israeli siege and occupation, an elegant community spirit prevails. Life continues, as do traditions and selfrespect - resistance to suffering has become standard. Women are continuing to care for their families, striving for education and pursuing careers. This is a look at the everyday lives of women in Gaza.
Tanya Habjouqa's recent work documents the everyday lives of Palestinian women in the Gaza Strip. Here, young women exercise in gym class at their school, where the Women's Charitable Society helps organize activities for them in Gaza, Oct. 28, 2009.
Young girls relax at their family "vacation" spot on the outskirts of Gaza city. Travel is next to impossible for the majority of Gazans due to the siege, but the Palestinians remain creative and hopeful. BBQs with the family remains a top day off from school for these young girls.