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Ms. Hammad has been a Human Rights and Women Rights activist in Jordan for the past 14 years, from participating in debates and discussions to standing in protests demanding women and human rights. She led the Regional Program in ActionAid Arab Regional Initiative, providing management and policy guidance to the programme that particularly focused on empowering women and youth. Ms. Hammad has under her belt extensive experience in diversified fields, coming from 11 years working with UNDP, with a strong focus on Governance, Democracy and the Rule of Law in the Jordan and Iraq, and a solid practice in Program Management in a development context. Ms. Hammad is a certified PRINCE, RBM and BRIDGE facilitator since 2010, and a member in a number of national networks and organizations. She is also MBA holder, and currently a Law student in Jordan University, with an eye on Human Rights, Criminal Justice and Gender Equality.

Dr. Azza Kamel holds a PhD in Philosophy in Education. She is a women’s rights activist who has a long experience in combating violence against women and enhancing women’s rights. She is also a novelist and a writer. She worked with various Egyptian and Arab newspapers. She has developed and prepared various studies and researches on the image of both men and women in media. She prepared a study on “Women in the World Constitutions”. She has also different literary writings on women’s rights. She is the founder of the Appropriate Communication Techniques for Development – ACT, a civil society organization that focuses on women’s issues in Egypt and seeks to enhance the conditions of the Egyptian women. Through her center, Dr. Azza contributed to produce different documentary films on women’s conditions in Egypt, especially violence against women. Furthermore, Dr. Azza established various non-governmental organizations and networks to work on women’s issues. She is the founder of “Shoft Taharosh” (I saw harassment) initiative that aims to combat harassment phenomena. She is also the founder of the Arab Network to monitor and change the image of men and women in media. She contributed to enhance the capacity of various female candidates of both the parliament and local councils.

Dr. Hadeel Qazzaz has more than 20 years experience in international development and gender justice. She has worked extensively in the Middle East, as well as in Africa, Central Asia and Canada in areas of gender democracy, democratization processes, integrity and poverty alleviating. Her experience was built within a number of international organisations, academic institutions and local governments.  Hadeel worked for several international NGOs such as the German Heinrich Boell Foundation, Integrity Action, The Palestinian American research and is currently the regional gender coordinator at Oxfam. Dr. Qazzaz academic interests are within the gender and development area. She taught at the Institute of Women Studies at Birzeit University and her research focused on feminization of poverty, gender-based violence and gender inclusion in the social, political and economic decision-making processes. Throughout her career, Hadeel was committed to gender justice and women’s rights, bringing issues of gender responsive budgets, women peace and security to the planning and implementation of several community and national development programs. She contributed regularly to the gender statistics year book with the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics.

Ms. Hala Ahed is a practicing attorney, feminist, trainer and researcher from Jordan. Ahed has devoted many years of her life to campaigning for and defending human rights issues, specifically women’s rights, freedom of opinion and expression, labor rights and trade union freedoms. Ahed is a member in a number of advisory committees for various organizations and institutions, including the Jordanian Women’s Union and the International Lawyers Network to assist workers.

A Feminist and human rights activist, researcher, trainer and journalist. Co-founder and Co-director at FE-MALE, a non-profit feminist collective, Editor in Chief of Sharika wa Laken feminist platform, and former Head of communications and campaigning at the Lebanese Women Democratic Gathering- RDFL. Hayat have more than 12 years experience in coordinating and leading various projects and campaigns about gender equality and women’s rights. She was a speaker in a number of conferences and panel discussions inside and outside Lebanon, and a member in a number of board and consultative committees for different national and international organizations including UN Women and Action Aid- Arab Region Initiative. Also, she worked as a trainer on gender, advocacy and communications with various national, regional and global reputable organizations. Mirshad worked as a freelance journalist and reporter, and guest and content producer with different local media outlets.

Joumana Haddad is a Lebanese author, public speaker, journalist and women’s rights activist, and founder of Joumana Haddad Freedom Center. She has been selected as one of the world’s 100 most powerful Arab women for four years in a row by Arabian Business Magazine, for her cultural and social activism. She is founder of Jasad, a quarterly Arabic-language magazine specialized in the arts and literature of the body (2009–2011). Haddad launched a new TV show in November 2018 on Alhurra highlighting the topics of free expression, human rights and critical thinking. She has published numerous novels and poetry collections that have been translated into various foreign languages. Haddad is fluent in seven languages, and has translations in poetry, novel and theater by a number of Arab and international writers.

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