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Basma Khader Abu Sway

Basma Khader Abu Sway
Steering Committee

Basma Khader Abu Sway is a community development specialist and human rights activist especially in the areas of women’s and children’s protection and empowerment. She represented Palestine in several national, regional and international bodies, and is currently the chairwoman of and senior researcher for CRMA for Business Solutions. Basma also serves on the board of directors of Dalia Association and Farashe Center for Healthy Living. She helped establish and is currently a member of the General Assembly of Ma’an Development Center, is a member of the General Federation of the Independent Labor Unions, and headed the Palestinian Women’s Council in the Federation. Earlier in her career, Basma worked with WHO, UNDP, UNICEF, UNIFEM and Canada Fund for Local Initiatives. As the director general for the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Social Affairs, she initiated and headed the Palestinian Child Protection Network and led the National Committee for the Establishment of the Women’s Protection and Empowerment Center (MEHWAR). Basma was born and lives in Jerusalem and holds a BA in Sociology from BirZeit University and an MS in community development from Iowa State University, which she attended as a Fulbright Scholar. She is a mother of four and has two grandchildren.