Female Role Models

Created for a series I established with a team of six illustrators highlighting female role models. The project aims to highlight grassroots inspiring woman from all around the world, by illustrating portraits based on submissions by the public. See https://brushandbow.com/ for more stories. Here is a selection of my contributions.

Dareen Tatour – Poetry is not a Crime

Illustrated by Hannah Kirmes-Daly
Dareen Tatour, is a Palestinian poet, currently facing up to 24 months in jail for a poem she published on her Facebook page. The hearing that will decide her fate was scheduled to take place on Sunday 24th June (this coming Sunday), however this week the court decided to postpone their decision by another month. She’s also a photographer, and an author, and has spent the last two and a half years under house arrest whilst waiting for the legal proceedings to come for an end. She was arrested in October 2015. She has already spent over three months in prison but continues to write poems and paint.
The things she loves most in the world are her cats (and she’s a vegetarian). She fired two male lawyers before deciding on her current lawyer (who is also Ahed Tamimi’s lawyer), Gabi Lasky- a strong female lawyer. Dareen dreams of freedom: from prison, from patriarchy and for Palestine.
Photo by Oren Ziv

When she saw this image, she said the smile spoke to her heart (in direct translation) She’s amazing!

Suna Alan – Hope Is Closer

Illustrated by Hannah Kirmes-Daly


Suna Alan: Musician, human rights activist, journalist, feminist. Her repertoire of folk songs spans a rich cultural heritage and includes Kurdish, Turkish, Greek and Armenian songs. She uses her music to raise awareness of Kurdish issues and give another side of the story beyond politics. As a journalist and an activist she has published stories of Yazidi Kurdish women abused by Daesh, and she has written a song to raise awareness of this issue through music.

Jess Phillips – Looking Upwards

Illustrated by Hannah Kirmes-Daly

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