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Rafah Anabtawi

2021 Fellow

General Director, Kayan Feminist Organization

VVEngage 2021

Rafah Anabtawi is the General Director of Kayan Feminist Organization in Haifa, which works to advance Palestinian women’s status and end gender-based discrimination. Rafah has been a social and feminist activist for over 20 years. Rafah began her career at Kayan as the Community Organizing Coordinator in 2006 and has now been its director for over seven years. As the director of Kayan, Rafah spearheads a grassroots approach to social change by consolidating a national Arab Palestinian feminist movement that promotes and defends women’s rights and ensures women’s integration into all aspects of the public sphere. Rafah has participated in several prestigious leadership programs, including the Fellowship Programme of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). She holds a BA in Social Work from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an MA in Social Work from the University of Haifa.