Susan Ann “Sue” Lloyd-Roberts CBE (27 October 1950 – 13 October 2015) was a British television journalist who contributed reports to BBC programmes and, earlier in her career, worked for ITN.
She joined Britain’s ITN, the news provider for ITV, straight from university and then reported extensively for the channel’s News at Ten.
Lloyd-Roberts joined the BBC in 1992. She worked as a special correspondent, travelling to, and reporting on, major news stories across the world, including important issues not covered widely elsewhere. She presented many in-depth reports for the Newsnight programme and for Our World, the international current affairs series on BBC World News, its international satellite and cable news channel, as well as for the UK’s domestic BBC News channel.
Lloyd-Roberts produced reports from states such as North Korea and Syria, where she focused on a range of important issues such as human rights violations, environmental degradation and political corruption.
1995: European Women of Achievement Award, European Union of Women (EUW), London.
2002: Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2002 New Year Honours for services to broadcast journalism.
2011: Emmy Award for her reports from North Korea.
2013: Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to journalism
THE WAR ON WOMEN – Buy here
In 1973, Sue Lloyd Roberts joined ITN as a news trainee and went on to be one of the UK’s first video-journalists to report from the bleak outposts of the Soviet Union. Travelling as a tourist, she also gained access to some of the world’s most impenetrable places like China, Tibet and Burma. During her 40-year-long career she witnessed the worst atrocities inflicted on women across the world. But in observing first-hand the war on the female race she also documented their incredible determination to fight back.
The War on Women brings to life the inconceivable and dangerous life Sue led. It tells the story of orphan Mary Merritt who, age sixteen, instead of being released from the care of nuns was interned by them in a Magdalen Laundry and forced to work twelve hours a day six days a week, without pay, for over a decade. She gives voice to Maimouna, the woman responsible for taking over her mother’s role as the village female circumciser in The Gambia and provides a platform for the 11-year-old Manemma, who was married off in Jaipur at the age of six. From the gender pay gap in Britain to forced marriage in Kashmir and from rape as a weapon of war to honour killings, Sue has examined humankind’s history and takes us on a journey to analyse the state of women’s lives today. Most importantly she acts as a mouthpiece for the brave ones; the ones who challenge wrongdoing; the ones who show courage no matter how afraid they are; the ones who are combatting violence across the globe; the ones who are fighting back.
Sue sadly died in 2015, shortly after writing this book, today she is widely recognised as one of the most acclaimed television journalists of her generation. This book is the small tribute to the full and incredible life she lived and through it these women’s voices are still being heard.
Praise for Sue Lloyd-Roberts:
‘She showed great courage and commitment in reporting from Burma and exemplified my belief that the best journalists are also the nicest’ – Aung San Suu Kyi
‘One of the most distinguished television journalists of her generation’ – Huw Edwards
‘Brilliant and indefatigable’ – Jeremy Bowen
‘She had something you call moral courage and it rubbed off on others’ – David Aaronovitch
‘She set the standard for bravery in many of the world’s nastiest places’ – John Fisher Burns, New York Times
‘She went to dangerous places to give a voice to people who otherwise would not be heard’ – Tony Hall, BBC Director General
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster UK
PUBLICATION DATE: 14th July 2016