Hanan Ashrawi

Christian Palestinian Political Activist
1999 Defender of Democracy Award
2003 Sydney Peace Prize Winner
1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005

birthdate: October 8
Ramallah, British Mandate of Palestine

Dr. Hanan Ashrawi is a Christian Palestinian political activist and scholar who has been described as one of the most influential women in the Middle East. After serving as Minister of Higher Education and Research for the Palestinian Authority, in 1998, Dr. Ashrawi founded MIFTAH -- the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy, which works towards respect for human rights, democracy, gender equality and peace. In 2003 she received the Sydney Peace Prize and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 as part of the 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize project.

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