Meet Roua Dandachi

Roua Dandachi is a researcher and trainer in gender-based violence (GBV) and protection who joined the Lebanese Women Democratic Gathering (RDFL) in 2009. She began her activism during the 2006 Lebanon War, providing emergency response services and organizing animation activities for children affected by the conflict.

Roua specializes in trainings on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), gender-based violence (GBV), gender and women’s empowerment. She is a protection advisor at RDFL, where she also manages the Young Civil Society Activism Program, and has represented her NGO at multiple regional events, such as the Young Women’s Peace Activism Initiative Conference, organized by the Swedish Institute in Alexandria (2012) and Amman (2014).

An environmental chemist and climate change activist, Roua is actively advocating for feminist climate justice and working towards obtaining her diploma in agricultural engineering.

Israa Tateen from Developmental Action for All People – Mousawat, together with Roua Dandachi from the Lebanese Women Democratic Gathering (RDFL), will develop a peer learning project focused on trainings and site visits. Israa and team members from Mousawat will train RDFL on PSEA issues, while Roua and her team from RDFL will train Mousawat on the management of GBV cases. Both CSOs will subsequently raise awareness among their target groups on sexual harassment and how to benefit from the services offered by the organizations.