Journalist. She launched Middle East Economic Digest (MEED) in 1957 to mark the International Women Day, making sure that the weekly editions of MEED would be available in several Arab countries. The son of Collard, Abdullah Jonathan Wallace proudly talked about his mother to the Women Gateway in the fiftieth anniversary of MEED. He described his mother as strong-will women with supporting determination of Arab issues. He further highlighted his mother hatred to imperialism and support to socialism. She was born in Calcutta of an ordinary Indian family and completed her education in England and started supporting her family after the death of her father in 1934 while finishing her higher education at London Economic University. He wrote about his mother in MEED, highlighting that she worked closely with Krishna Menon and Indira Gandhi, an enduring friend to achieve independence for India. When this was achieved in 1947, she was a champion without a cause. Then came the partition of Palestine. Her outrage at the plight of the dispossessed Palestinians led her to a life-long relationship with the Arab world. She counted many of the Middle East's leaders and leading thinkers - including Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt and King Hussain of Jordan - among her friends in the region. She also helped to establish the Council for the Advancement of Arab British Understanding (CAABU). Every Friday evening, friends and relatives would help staple and stuff envelopes with the 12-page newsletter, including Essa Saleh al-Gurg, later to become the UAE's ambassador to the UK, who was then training as a banker in London. By mid-1986, when it was acquired by Emap, MEED had far outgrown its early role of monitoring published news reports. It had a staff of 20 full-time journalists and 12 researchers and newsroom assistants. With more than 30 correspondents overseas, MEED had editorial bureaux in Washington, Dubai and Paris. When she died, UK Prime Minister James Callaghan wrote: "Her work, both for the Party and on the Middle East scene, was very widely appreciated and we shall miss her greatly."
Putney Vale Cemetery and Crematorium
London Borough of Merton
Greater London, England
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