I think being a female reporter in the Middle East has more advantages than disadvantages. The disadvantages are obvious you know. But the more patriarchal a society is, the more easy it is to work in. As a woman you have access to both women and men and your male colleagues only have access to the men. So when I interview men in the field, they see me as gendered male, because I'm a working woman and they are not used to that. But they will also let me into their house and meet their family. Sometimes they just drop me off at their house and leave again. They don't see me as a threat.
Rasha Elass is a Syrian-American journalist and writer.