Palestinian Human Rights Advocate To Speak

Dr. Hanan Ashrawi

Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, a central player in the struggle for a Palestinian Homeland will speak on her vision for Palestinian-Israeli peace at Sarah Lawrence College on Tuesday, April 5 at 6:30 p.m. in Reisinger Concert Hall. Dr. Ashrawi is a leading figure in Palestinian politics and diplomacy. The program is free and open to the public. For further information please call (914) 395-2412.

Dr. Ashrawi has held numerous positions within Palestinian governance including membership in the Political and Diplomatic Committees during the intifada and negotiations. She is currently an elected member of the Palestinian Legislative Council for the Jerusalem District. In 1991 she served as Official Spokesperson of
the Palestinian Delegation to the Middle East Peace Process and was a member of the Leadership Committee.

Recognized internationally as a leading advocate of human rights with a particular concern for women in the Arab world, Dr. Ashrawi is Founder and Secretary General of the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy (MIFTAH) whose aim is “to serve as a Palestinian platform for global dialogue and cooperation guided by the principles of democracy, human rights, gender equity, and participatory governance.” She is also founder and Commissioner of the Palestinian Independent Commission for Citizen’s Rights.

Dr. Ashrawi is the recipient of numerous international peace, human rights and democracy awards including the Olof Palme Award, Sydney Peace Prize, Defender of Democracy Award and the Jane Addams International Women’s Leadership Award. She is the author of many books, articles, poems and short stories on Palestinian politics, culture and literature. Her book This Side of Peace, published in 1995 by Simon & Schuster gained world acclaim. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the American University of Beirut and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Dr. Ashrawi serves on the advisory boards of several international and local organizations including the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) and the International Human Rights Council and as received honorary doctorate degrees from universities in the U.S. Canada, Europe and the Arab world.

The program is sponsored by The Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation Chair in Middle Eastern Studies and International Affairs.

Note to Editors: Dr. Ashrawi will be available for interviews at 5 p.m. Please contact Judith Schwartzstein (914) 395-2219 or