I am experienced professional with more than 15 years of experience in humanitarian response, health promotion, child protection, crisis communication, informational management, management and response.
Over the past years I have worked within the context of child protection, public communication and health promotion with the United Nations Children’ Fund (UNICEF- Jordan), World Health Organisation (WHO- Iraq) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA – Regional Syria crisis), covering mainly Syria and Iraq crisis. Further, I currently studying doctorate of health on University of Bath (Bristol, UK) with special focus on women’ wellbeing and rights in humanitarian context.
Through both my academic studies and my professional roles, I have grown very interested in the social determinants of health, particularly around cultural practices and gender issues. During my work with UNICEF, WHO and UNFPA in particular, I observed many negative practices during emergency context that emerged from social norms or perceptions pertaining to the roles and social expectations of girls and women in their family, community and society. Much of my work has focused on changing these perceptions to ensure gender parity and reduction of gender-based violence against girls and women, and through this work I have developed a more nuanced understanding of root causes, but also face deeper questions about human behaviour and the links among politics, culture, religion and sexuality. That’s not all, I have participated in compacting many outbreaks in Iraq by running health promotion and education programme and by establishing a kind of national health promotion network team who work together to address health related issue. Recently, I worked on advocacy programme to support Syrian women and girls of reproductive age, especially pregnant women and in establishing a regional child / human right based journalists’ network.