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Hanan Ashrawi

Advocate, Educator, Politician, Author.

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Date of Birth:



Nablus, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Ashrawi's significant contributions to Palestinian politics and  education, including her advocacy for human rights and democracy, have made her a notable figure in Palestinian history.

Brief bio

Hanan Ashrawi is a renowned Palestinian legislator, activist, and scholar. She has been a powerful voice for Palestine on the international stage. Ashrawi has also been a trailblazer for women in politics within the Palestinian community.

Major Milestones


  • Founding the Department of English at Birzeit University (1973): After earning her Ph.D., Ashrawi returned to the West Bank to establish the Department of English at Birzeit University, serving as its chair for several years...See More

  • Minister of Higher Education and Research (1996-1998): Served in Arafat's government but resigned due to concerns about corruption.

  • Founding MIFTAH (1998): Founded the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy, advocating for peace, democracy, and human rights.

  • Advocacy for Women's Rights: Ashrawi has been a vocal advocate for women's rights within Palestinian society and globally.

  • Educational Reform: Through her roles in academia and government, Ashrawi has been instrumental in promoting educational reform and academic freedom.

  • Literary Contributions: Authored several works on Palestinian literature and culture, contributing significantly to the field of Middle Eastern studies.

  • Human Rights: Through MIFTAH and other platforms, Ashrawi has worked tirelessly to promote human rights and democracy within Palestinian society and the broader Middle East...See More

Date of Last Update: 
February 19, 2024

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