Rubby Haji Naif – Women Deliver

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Rubby Haji Naif

  • Age: 28
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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 the Project Assistant for innovation, research, and foresight with The Solferino Academy (ifrc). She has worked with youth across the red cross red crescent network in 192 different national societies around the world to implement different projects and initiatives related to global challenges. Naif is a scholar with the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies and The Woolf Institute, which is recognized internationally for its expertise in #nterfaith cooperation between Jews, Christians and Muslims. Her research focos on women’s organizations and peace-building in the MENA. She also work as a researcher on various project with a feminist Syrian organizations on GBV, refugee women access to justice , and women political participation.

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.

As a woman from the Global South, my biggest win is amplifying refugee women’s voices in various youth fellowship and conferences. It also conducting various ethnographical research projects that aims to share the experiences and voices of Syrian women. It also using technology and innovation to implement projects that support the education of Syrian women and girls.

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

I enjoy swimming, playing chess, outdoor activities, trying new food, and traveling around the world.

Languages Spoken:

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

Speaks On:

  • gender, women's rights, and climate change
  • Gender based violence in MENA
  • Women from global south political participation
  • Refugee women access to justice

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
  • Youth Interfaith Leaders and Climate Change Fellowship (2023)
  • USIP and the Dalai Lama Fifth Dialogue with Youth Peacebuilders (2022)