This podcast relates the realities of Arab Women and their rich and diverse experiences. It aims to represent the multiplicity of women voices. It wishes to break cultural stereotypes about women of the Middle East, and educate and empower the younger generation of Middle Eastern women who were stripped of their historical reference and weren’t necessarily raised to believe in their own agency and power to create their destiny.
Episode 9: Women in Conflict Zones: Palestinian Women with Randa Siniora
Randa Siniora is the General Director of the Women's Center for Legal Aid and Counselling (WCLAC). She is a human rights and women’s rights activists with a professional experience in the field of International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law for over 35 years. Earlier, she was the Senior Executive Director of the Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) from 2007 to 2015 and the General Director of Al- Haq, Law in the Service of Man (2001-2005). Previously she also headed the Networking and Advocacy at the WCLAC and worked as a Legal Researcher and Coordinator of the Women's Rights Program at Al-Haq. (1987-1997). Randa Siniora was the first Palestinian woman ever to brief the UN Security Council on Women Peace and Security (WPS) in 2018. In 2019, she was selected among the 100 most influential people in gender policy around the world, one of the largest and most prominent global lists that was drawn from over 9,000 nominations to recognize and celebrate the hard work being done on gender policy by many around the world. Randa has an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex/UK and an MA Degree in Sociology-Anthropology from the American University in Cairo.
Brief about our guest:
Randa Siniora is the General Director of the Women's Center for Legal Aid and Counselling (WCLAC). She is a human rights and women’s rights activists with a professional experience in the field of International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law for over 35 years. Randa Siniora was the first Palestinian woman ever to brief the UN Security Council on Women Peace and Security (WPS) in 2018. In 2019, she was selected among the 100 most influential people in gender policy around the world. Randa has an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex/UK and an MA Degree in Sociology-Anthropology from the American University in Cairo.
Podcast topics & References: Sophie Richter-Devroe, “Women’s Political Activism in Palestine: Peace building, Resistance, and Survival (2018) Ishraq Othman @othmanishraq Humood Alkhudher @humoodalkhudher
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Ep 8: I choose to challenge, International Women's Day
An episode created to celebrate women everywhere!
Happy international women’s day to you all!
Get to know all the feminists featured in our podcast episode:
Banan AbuZainEddin CO-FOUNDER & Executive Director
Takatoat | Amman | Jordan Socials:
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President of Kadirat. Member of the Board of ESCWA's Arab World Report 2025 Vice coordinator of Tha’era network for equality and solidarity. expert strategy
Writer, Social And Women rights activist.
Dr. Al-Anoud Al-Sharekh
Founder of Ibtkar
She is an Egyptian lawyer, woman human rights defender and feminist. In 1995 she founded the Center for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance (CEWLA), to offer legal support to victims of abuse and domestic violence.
Episode 7: Covid-19 and Violence Against Women
Our guests:Dr Al-Sharekh is the Director of Ibtkar Strategic Consultancy leading political, leadership and diversity training programs in Kuwait and the GCC region, and has held senior consultative and teaching positions in academic, governmental and non-governmental institutions in the Arabian Gulf and abroad, and is a board member of several academic and non-governmental organisations. She is chairperson of the Chaillot award winning Abolish 153 campaign to end honor killing legislations, and a cofounder of Mudhawi’s List, a platform to support women running for political office.Asma KhaderA lawyer and advocate for human rights and women empowerment who served as her knowledge and career over the last 50 years in Jordan and the region has made her a sought-after expert in the advocacy, campaigning for women issues, legal analysis, drafting laws, and policy reform in the region and Jordan.Former minister of culture and former Senate, spokesperson for the government, and now the CEO & Consultant of Solidarity Is Global Institute (SIGI—JO).
Episode 6: Women in Lebanon - A Story of Struggle with Zeina Abdel Khalik
Get to know our Episode guest:
Zeina is a feminist and human rights advocate with a BS in Biology (2002) and Masters in Public Health (2004) from The American University of Beirut. Zeina is a certified gender trainer from KIT University- Amsterdam and have been working with International Organizations for the past 10 years as a development and gender expert. She has extensive experience in programming, policy work, research and organizational development in critical areas related to gender mainstreaming and promoting women’s participation in the decision-making spheres.
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Episode 5: The Personal is Political with Rawaa K. Augé
About our guest:
Rawaa Augé is the Presenter and producer of “women voices” or “bekasretta” at Al Jazeera Arabic Channel.
Rawaa joined Al Jazeera as a news presenter in 2014, covering a series of reports from the Central African republic, Bosnia, and Lebanon. She covers numerous events for Al Jazeera, including coverage of the United Nations General Assembly meetings. Rawaa has also conducted a number of high profile interviews for the Channel, including an interview with Nobel Prize winner Nadia Murad during the Doha forum 2018. She previously worked for France24 in Paris.
She holds a masters degree in mass communication and a second masters in geopolitics.
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Episode 4: Conversation with Intisar AlAmyal
Intisar Al-Amyal is a leading figure in the Iraqi women’s rights organisation “Iraqi Women’s League,” where she works to combat discrimination, increase equality between the sexes, and safeguard the right of education for all Iraqi children and youths. She also educates women and young people on the importance of participating in political life.
She is also the winner of Swedish Per Anger Prize of 2020, for her 20 years of dedication to fighting for equality and the rights of women in Iraq. The Per Anger Prize is an international prize which the Swedish government has distributed since 2004.
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