Dania Arayssi – Women Deliver

Dania Arayssi

  • Age: 28
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Gender equality is a necessary and indispensable element for empowering our communities and preparing for future generations. Gender equality should not be an objective; it should be the everyday reality in our political, economic, and social system for us to achieve sustainable development and long-term peace.

- Dania Arayssi


Dania Arayssi is originally from Lebanon and currently lives in the United States. She is working toward a Master’s in Public Policy at the University of Denver. Dania is Founder of Gleam of Hope Organization for women support and reintegration in the community.

What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?

I advocate for equal opportunities for success for girls and women because I believe despite your gender orientation, every individual deserves the right and the opportunity to achieve their aspirations and participate in building our communities equally.

Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.

One of my achievements during my advocacy for gender equality is the establishment of the Gleam of Hope organization to support women from different backgrounds and cultures to achieve economic and social independence. The establishment of the organization is a major success not only for me but for all the people who were with me during the process. They supported me and helped me every day in that achievement. Those pioneers are women and men who believed in the importance of change and collaboration.

Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?

Writing, exercising, and watching documentaries.

Languages Spoken:

  • Arabic (Advanced/Native)
  • English (Advanced/Native)
  • French (Advanced/Native)

Speaks On:

  • economic and social empowerment for women in post-conflict settings
  • barriers to women's political participation
  • challenges and opportunities with economic empowerment in developing countries

Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:

  • Josef Korbel Merit Scholarship (2019-2020)
  • Generation of Democracy Fellow (2019)
  • Student Leadership Program (2018)
  • Best 16 students in Inter-University program on International Criminal Law
  • Research Method Certificate from University of London
  • Leadership Skills and Civic Engagement Certificate from Georgetown University
  • International Criminal Law Certificate from Asser Institute
  • Accelerator Workshop Certificate by Georgetown University
  • Certificate of Award for the accomplishments of the English Access Micro-Scholarship Program by the U.S. Embassy
  • Certificate of Congratulations for Completing the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Make Government Work in Hard Places

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