Remembering Maha Abu Dayyeh (24 August 1951 – 9 January 2015)
"We don’t have the luxury of despair, in times of crises we must provide hope and leadership whilst inspiring the next generation of young women."
We honor the life and legacy of Maha Abu Dayyeh, co-founder and director of the Women's Center for Legal Aid and Counseling in Jerusalem, one of the leading Palestinian women's rights organizations. She died on January 9. We're joined by Jessica Neuwirth, director of Donor Direct Action.
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Maha was a visionary leader and an untiring servant of the Palestinian women’s movement. She began her human rights work as a staff member at the Quaker Center for Legal Aid for Palestinian political prisoners from the late-1980s into the early-1990s. While there, she began to recognise the specific needs of Palestinian women. Thus, in 1991, with several other Palestinian women, Maha co-founded the Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling in Jerusalem, now a leading women’s rights organisation dedicated to developing a democratic Palestinian society based on the principles of gender equality, social justice, and human rights.
Maha’s remarkable life is distinguished by her achievements as a Palestinian feminist human-rights activist, leader, and thinker and by her integrity, perseverance, and unrelenting commitment to promoting women’s human rights locally and internationally. She also understood the critical importance of providing quality legal aid, social counselling, and protection services to women in an environment where their rights are denied and abused and their interests overlooked, alongside the struggle to create institutional change in the wider society.
A memorial for Maha has been set up by her family at Donor Direct Action. To contribute to Maha's memory go to www.donordirectaction.org/WCLAC.
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