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Peace Heroes: Najlaa El Sheikh Helps Syrian Women Refugees Become Business Owners

Peace Heroes: Najlaa El Sheikh Helps Syrian Women Refugees Become Business Owners

“I often dream the jasmine returns to Syria to decorate and perfume our streets.” As the Syrian regime rained barrel bombs on her hometown in Syria, Najlaa and her family were forced to flee to Turkey where she established the first organization led by a Syrian woman to help other women refugees with literacy, economic empowerment, and psychosocial support. Peace Hero Najlaa El Sheikh speaks to ICAN about her journey, her work, and her dreams.
Peace Heroes: Muna Luqman and the Role of Women in War-Stricken Yemen

Peace Heroes: Muna Luqman and the Role of Women in War-Stricken Yemen

We spoke to Yemeni peace activist Muna Luqman, co-founder of the Women Solidarity Network and member of the Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL), about the war in Yemen, its devastating ramifications, and about the strength of Yemeni women in the face of this destruction.
How Hamsatu Allamin Changed Boko Haram to Boko Halal in Nigeria

How Hamsatu Allamin Changed Boko Haram to Boko Halal in Nigeria

On International Women’s Day, ICAN’s Peace Heroes series honors Senator Mobina Jaffer, whose life and career capture the spirit and essence of the day. We spoke to her about her experiences as a female envoy and mediator and her persistent struggle to ensure women’s participation in peacemaking and security issues.
Lucy Talgieh is Promoting a More Peaceful Homeland in Palestine

Lucy Talgieh is Promoting a More Peaceful Homeland in Palestine

In the midst of war, an ever-expanding network of dedicated Syrians have been working to heal the torn society. At the center is Ghada Rifai, a trained architect who has built a human network rooted in the values of peace, diversity and non-violence.

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