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Reem Alfranji

Champion for disability awareness, advocacy

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Date of Birth:

1984

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Gaza Strip, Palestine

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Why Featured?

Reem Alfranji has been pivotal in challenging societal taboos and misconceptions about disabilities within the Arab community. Her personal experience as a mother of two sons with developmental disabilities inspired her to create resources and initiatives that support children with disabilities and their families.

Brief bio

Alfranji is known for creating the first Arabic cartoon, "Team Hero," which addresses social issues related to disabilities. She has also launched an Arabic-language website, Habaybna.net, offering resources, guidance, and support for Arab parents of disabled children.

Major Milestones

Contributions

  • 2008: Living in Gaza during the Israeli warplanes attack, highlighting her personal struggles during a conflict.

  • 2010: Moved to Amman for better treatment opportunities for her sons.

  • 2013: Teamed up with a film producer to create "Team Hero.

  • 2017: Participated in the She Entrepreneurs leadership program, leading to the launch of Habaybna.net...See More

  • 2018: Met with Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah and Crown Princess of Sweden, Victoria, gaining recognition for her work...See More

  • Team Hero Cartoon: A groundbreaking Arabic cartoon focusing on children with disabilities, addressing education, children’s rights, and humanitarian issues.

  • Habaybna.net: An Arabic-language online resource providing guidance and support to parents of children with intellectual disabilities​​​​.

  • Awareness and Advocacy: Raised awareness about the commonalities of disabilities and the inclusion of disabled children in societal activities...See More

  • Collaboration with UNICEF: Working with UNICEF - Jordan to extend the reach of her initiatives to more parents at the grassroots level​​.

  • Grant from Dubai Expo 2020: Received a $100,000 grant to develop the technology of her platform, improving outreach

Date of Last Update: 
December 27, 2023

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