Meet Maryam Al Dirani

Maryam Al Dirani, a dedicated social worker since graduating university, has carved her own path empowering women and vulnerable communities. After managing programs in a center for people with disabilities, she worked as a counselor for gender-based violence (GBV) survivors at the feminist organization Lebanese Democratic Women’s Gathering (RDFL), where she provided psychological, social, and legal support to GBV survivors. 

In 2014, responding to the Syrian crisis, Maryam spearheaded the opening of a community center in her town, Qasrnaba, located in the Baalbek governorate in eastern Lebanon. This center offered support, empowerment, and protection to both Syrian refugee women and Lebanese citizens. In addition, she mentored a group of young women and men with whom she formed the Naba Association, aimed at developing individual skills in health, education, environment, human rights, and gender equality. 

Ouloum Audi from Haqqi-Awrath Association, together with Maryam Al-Dirani from the Naba Association, will exchange experiences on women’s rights and empowerment. Ouloum will provide trainings on economic violence against women and protection for the Naba team, while Maryam will lead trainings on advocacy and campaigning.