Women's leadership representation in the independent journalism sector in the Arab world is high especially when compared to their representation within the leadership of mainstream media. How does this reality relate to women's empowerment within the sector and their position within societies that have seen great upheaval in the past years? What are the cultural and societal challenges they face and how are these further impacted by working within security challenged contexts? And in light of their experience, how can we create a roadmap for better, safer further inclusion of women as leaders of the media sector in the MENA region and beyond?