Victoria Brittain is a journalist and writer. She has spent much of her working life in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, writing for The Guardian and various French magazines. She has been a consultant to the UN on The Impact of Conflict on Women, also the subject of a research paper for the London School of Economics. She was co-author of Moazzam Begg’s book, Enemy Combatant. Her most recent work is “Shadow Lives, the forgotten women of the war on terror”. She is a trustee of Prisoners of Conscience and of the Ariel and Melbourne Trust.