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Known For: Head of the Documentation and Advocacy Unit at the Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counseling (WCLAC)
Hanan Muaadi is an activist and defender of feminist and human rights. She is especially interested in the situation of Palestinian women under Israeli occupation. She actively advocates for change in this area by participating in a range of speaking tours around the world; these tours discuss the lives of Palestinians under Israeli occupation, with special focus on the situation of women.
Professionally, Ms. Muaadi is a researcher specializing in gender issues. She has participated in many research projects, addressing issues such as gender-based violence, health issues, the situation of widows of murdered Palestinians, disabled women, and the situation of women in education.
In 2009, Ms. Muaadi prepared a report for the Euro Med about the situation of Palestinian women. The report explored the issue of equality between men and women in Palestine. It also examined Palestinian women in decision-making positions and the extent to which Palestinian women enjoy their rights set out in the Convention on the Elimination All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Between 2007 and 2010, Ms. Muaadi produced a report entitled “Killing Females in the name of the Honor in Palestine.” Recently, she was chosen as a consultant for the MENA region with Northeastern University of Boston to conduct research on the application of due diligence principles in the Middle East and North Africa.
Currently, Ms. Muaadi is the head of the Documentation and Advocacy Unit at the Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counseling (WCLAC). She works as part of a team, appealing to government officials in the Palestinian Legislative Council and other ministries to amend laws which fail to adequately protect women.
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