Rubby Haji Naif – Women Deliver

Rubby Haji Naif

  • Age: 27
  •    |   She/her/hers


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I believe that unless we truly achieve gender equality, our world will continue to suffer environmentally, economically, socially, and politically for generations to come.

- Rubby Haji Naif


Rubby Haji Naif is originally from Syria and currently lives in Germany. She is working toward a Master of Arts in Social and Cultural Anthropology at The American University of Beirut. As Team Leader of Peace Education at the Kayany Foundation’s psycho-social program for refugee children and adolescent girls in Saadnayel and Malala schools, Rubby manages a group of volunteers and prepares weekly plans. As Team Leader of Media Literacy Education for the UNICEF Club at AUB, she develops a media literacy curriculum for refugee children with a media professor, delivers weekly sessions, and manages a team of volunteers.

Additionally, Rubby has been an Instructor Assistant at the World Food Program’s Innovative Livelihood Project, a volunteer with the Communications Team at the Arab Forum for Sustainable Development held by the United Nation Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, and has been involved with Partnership for Digital Learning and Increased Access (PADILEIA).

What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?

In my first year at university, I started volunteering in a program for Syrian refugee girls and adolescents, and I realized that even as refugees, women are more affected by conflict. This experience was a reflection of the exasperation I have felt throughout my life at the existence of inequality that subordinates women. I realized that unless we commit to advancing gender equality, my country will continue to suffer.

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

I conducted a research project inside Syria that aims to produce one of the first ethnography about women's stories and experiences in the context of the ongoing Syrian conflict.

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

I enjoy swimming, playing chess, writing, as well as filming and editing short videos.

Languages Spoken:

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

Speaks On:

  • role of humanitarian interventions in shaping women's concepts of gender and personhood
  • safe spaces
  • GBV in the context of the ongoing Syrian conflict

Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:

  • MENA Youth Capacity building in Humanitarian Action (2018 & 2019)
  • Recipient of You22 Fellowship from the European Commission and implemented by CFI (2019)
  • Recipient of Merit-based scholarship from Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung (2018)
  • Recipient of the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Tomorrow's Leaders Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State (2014-2018)
  • Appreciation Certificate for Community Service and Volunteering Activities from the Center for Civic Engagement and Community Service (CCECS) at the American University of Beirut (2014)
  • Gender and Gender-based Violence in Emergency Response Training
  • Framing Humanitarian Action and Youth Engagement Training
  • Education in Emergencies and the INEE Minimum Standards Training
  • Youth Peer Training in Humanitarian Settings Organized by United Nations Population Fund and Y-Peer network

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