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Humanitarian and Peace Activist

Raghda Abu-Shahla is a humanitarian worker and a committed activist for a better future towards peace, security and democracy in Palestine.

Her work in Gaza with national and international organizations has enriched her understanding of issues of peace and security. She worked on EU and UK health development projects geared towards strengthening the health management field for the Palestinian Ministry of Health. Additionally, she worked with UNOPS on implementing security training for commercial crossings with Israel; she also worked with the International Security Team of UNRWA.

The diversity of her work experiences and, usually, being the only woman working in the male dominated security field in Gaza over the past decade speak to her dedication to gaining a broader understanding of how to create the change towards peace. She has succeeded in gaining  acceptance of her role in her society, along with her efforts to seek involving women in the decision making processes and political system in Palestine.

Currently, Raghda is Assistant to the Director of UNRWA Operations in Gaza.

Raghda is a Leader for Democracy Fellow of Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in New York, USA, a scholar of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a summer staff at the International Peace and Security Institute in Bologna, Italy – Johns Hopkins University providing mentoring to dozens of Peace Leaders.

BASED IN: Gaza, Palestine

LANGUAGUES: English and Arabic

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RAGHDA CONTRIBUTED TO THE FOLLOWING PUBLICATIONS:

Five Years after the Arab Spring: What’s Next for Women in the MENA Region?, 2016

Expansion or Contraction? Women’s Rights in the MENA Region in 2015

MENA Women: Opportunities and Obstacles in 2014

Challenges to Women Security in the MENA Region, 2013

Revolution By Love: Emerging Arab Youth Voices.