- Age: 27
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We need to understand that achieving gender equality is a process that requires us all regardless of sex and/or gender because we are all in this together, as one, and women’s voice is human’s voice.
- Esmat Maghari
Esmat Maghari was born and raised in Palestine. She is currently working toward a bachelor’s degree in biology education at the University of Alaqsa. Esmat is a Health Educator and member at Y-Peer Educator Network, Community Activist and Volunteer Reporter with Save Youth Future Society, Volunteer Field Researcher with the Palestinian Institute for Developing NGOs, Volunteer Events Organizer with UNFPA Palestine Gaza office, and Writer for the We Are Not Numbers project associated with Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
I remeber reading an article on a group of Egyptian women who were challenging their society to make their voices heard by the predominant masculine society. It inspired me and made me reflect this on the status of women in Palestine.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
I organized an initiative that encourages young girls and women to speak up for themselves. I created a Facebook group of 25 girls discussing girls’ issues, a safe platform and friendly place for them to communicate and share their stories with each other. This initiative has changed their mentality, and, for some of them, it is a changing point in their life.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
I love to write poems and stories. I also enjoy cooking, reading novels, listening to music, and gatherings with friends and family.
- Arabic (Advanced/Native)
- English (Advanced/Native)
- women workers' rights
- girls' access to education
- meaningful youth engagement
Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:
- Y-PEER basic training
- Y-PEER Advanced peer education training course
- Training course in medical analysis and nursing skills
- Preparing (children animator) course
- Training course in English language translation skills