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Amal Elsana Alh’jooj

From an early age Amal had to fight for a good education. She proceeded to get a BA in social work from Ben Gurion University in Israel and a PhD in social work and community organizing from McGill University.

Amal became an activist very young and went on to found several NGOs, including the Arab-Jewish Centre for Equality, Economic Empowerment and Cooperation. She is the recipient of many international prizes, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize (2006), included in Genius 100 Visionaries of the Future (2017), and awarded the New Israel Fund’s Human Rights Award (2013).

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Hope is a Woman’s Name
An indigenous Bedouin in a Jewish state and a fifth daughter in a patriarchal society, Amal Elsana Alh’jooj was a shepherd at the age of five. Always driven to pursue justice and equality, from her early teens she ran literary classes for women, marking the beginning of a lifelong career promoting policy change for Israel’s Bedouin. Today Amal is instrumental in shaping public opinion on Israel’s marginalised minor...