I am Fadwa Ibrahim Abbad-Abu Laban from Palestine. I hold a Master degree in Social Work. I am the founder of Sunna Al-Amal (Hope Makers), an independent human rights, non-profit organization, where I am also the General Director. I have more than 20 years of training experience in social work & gender issues, and in developing training programs for Palestinian Professionals. I have established a program titled “High Diploma/Master in Psychotherapy”. The first of its kind in the Middle east that aims to strengthen the capacities of Psychotherapists and mental health institutions in Palestine. Before I became the General Director in 2014 I was the Country Director for Roots of Peace in Palestine for 4 years where I led a campaign to demining mines in a Palestinian village and turned this dangerous area full of mines into a safe playground for children. I have also worked in a number of organizations from the health field and civil society such as UNRWA where I worked as a social worker, a trainer, a researcher, and an advocate. During my career, I have set up and run number of voluntary initiatives “Women Make Change” the Pomegranate project , “Joy Flashes” “Tomorrow is Better”. I am now the head president of the Arab Women Union Leaders-Branch Palestine and have been recently awarded “Peace Ambassador” and “Pioneering Excellence” Awards, and the title “Ambassador of Happiness”.
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