Tree of Life Courageous Women of Resistance Series Presents: Fayrouz Sharqawi
"When the book is written on the end of Apartheid in South Africa,a most importantchapter will be on the role of women in that struggle."
-Govan Mbeke, a co-leader with Nelson Mandela in the ANC resistance movement
The same needs to be said of women throughout the world who with courage and unflagging determination work for justice and human rights in their communities. In Israel and Palestine, in the refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon, Gaza, and the West Bank, in organizations such as "Bedouin Women for Themselves" and "Grassroots Jerusalem" women are helping to build a non-violent resistance movement. By refusing to be silenced or compromised by the militarism of settler colonialism, these women are speaking truth to power and in doing so, they are helping to bring enlightenment and engagement in the struggle to build a better and more peaceful future for their children.
Fayrouz Sharqawi works as the Advocacy Coordinator at Grassroots Jerusalem, a platform for Palestinian community-based mobilization, leadership, and advocacy in Occupied Jerusalem. They believe that the challenges and responses of Palestinian communities must be articulated and led by them. They map and network in order for the Palestinian communities in Jerusalem to sustainably resist the Israeli policies of displacement, dispossession and dis-empowerment, by creating their own long term strategy, based on their defined priorities and needs. Fayrouz has been the Advocacy coordinator at Grassroots Jerusalem since 2012. Within this capacity she has led campaigns and supported community events and activities. She provides political analysis, and has a broad and experienced understanding of development and resistance to oppressive policies under the Israeli occupation. She has a BA in Journalism and English Linguistics, and a Masters in Conflict Resolution.