Esraa Mahadin’s love for work in public service started when she studied law in Syria, where she was led the student union at Damascus University. When she went back to her home in Karak, Jordan, she noticed that the small city lacked opportunities that the capital city of Amman offered. Esraa began working with local and international organizations to strengthen civic engagement. She became the Executive Manager of Al-Hayat Center for Civil Society Development (Al-Karak Branch), and Head of Board at the Jordanian Women Union (Al-Karak Branch).
However, work was not always easy for Esraa, who is currently the Youth Program Coordinator at the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Jordan. “It was difficult for a young girl in a conservative society to find a place. There were a lot of challenges, but with hard work, persistence, and effort, it became easier. I am proud of where I am in life today,” she said. Esraa thinks it is very important to share one’s experience and knowledge, but mentions that she also learns a lot from young people.
Esraa is the founding member and member in international and local foundations like the Jordanian Women Union, Jordanian Alliance Against the Death Penalty, Legal Committee for the Jordanian Women Union, Legal Committee for Civic Alliance to monitor the parliamentary elections, Shehan Housewives Foundation (Al-Karak), the Arab Organization for Human Rights and the Lawy