Palestinian Female Leaders

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Hanan Ashrawi
(Palestinian Politician, Legislator, Activist, and Scholar)
Hanan Ashrawi
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Birthdate: October 8, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nablus, Palestine

Hanan Ashrawi is a Palestinian leader, legislator, activist, and scholar. She was the official spokesperson of the Palestinian delegation at the Madrid Peace Conference of 1991 and was elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council as a representative of Jerusalem in 1996. She is also the founder of the Independent Commission for Human Rights and the author of several books. 

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Vera Baboun
(Palestinian Politician Who Became the First Woman to Serve as the Mayor of Bethlehem)
Vera Baboun
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Birthdate: October 6, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bethlehem
Vera Baboun is a Palestinian politician who became the first woman to serve as the mayor of Bethlehem; she served in that position from October 2012 to 27 May 2017. She is currently working towards empowering women in Palestine. Vera Baboun is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Chiara Lubich Award.
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Khalida Jarrar
(Palestinian Political Leader)
Khalida Jarrar
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Birthdate: February 9, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nablus
Khalida Jarrar is a Palestinian politician and a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council. She is currently serving as the leader of the Prisoners Committee of the Palestinian Legislative Council. Khalida Jarrar played an important role in Palestine's bid to join the International Criminal Court.
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Umm Nidal
(One of the Prominent Islamist Female Leaders in Palestine.)
Umm Nidal
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Birthdate: December 24, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shuja'iyya, Gaza City, Gaza Strip
Died: March 17, 2013

Umm Nidal, also known as the mother of martyrs, was a Palestinian hero of sorts, as 3 of her 6 sons were Hamas terrorists who died in their fight against Israelis. Also known as the Khansa of Palestine, she gained fame after appearing in a clip advising one of her sons.

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Fatima Bernawi
(The First Woman from Palestine to Have Organized a Paramilitary Operation During the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict)
Fatima Bernawi
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Birthdate: 1939 AD
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Mandate for Palestine
Fatima Bernawi was an Afro-Palestinian militant who took active part in the Palestinian Freedom Movement. She was the first woman from Palestine to have organized a paramilitary operation during the Israeli–Palestinian conflict; Fatima Bernawi organized a terrorist attack in an Israeli movie theater in 1967.
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Intissar al-Wazir
(Palestinian Political Leader)
Intissar al-Wazir
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Birthdate: December 12, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gaza, Palestine
Intissar al-Wazir is a Palestinian political leader best known for her service as the Social Affairs Minister of the State of Palestine from 1995 to 2005. Intissar al-Wazir is also credited with founding the General Union of Palestinian Women, which focuses on the economic, social, and legal status of women in Palestine.
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Janet Mikhail
(The First Female Mayor of Ramallah)
Janet Mikhail
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Birthdate: 1945 AD
Birthplace: Ramallah, Palestine

Janet Mikhail scripted history as the first female mayor of Ramallah, a Palestinian city in the West Bank. She also taught in a girls’ school for 2 decades. Although many believe she was associated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine movement, she won the election as an independent candidate.

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Jamila Abdallah Taha al-Shanti
(The Founder of Hamas' women's Organization)
Jamila Abdallah Taha al-Shanti
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Birthdate: 1955 AD
Birthplace: Unknown

Initially a lecturer, Jamila Abdallah Taha al-Shanti later led the Hamas’s women's organization. The widow of Hamas leader Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi, also known as the Lion of Palestine, Jamila is vocal about women’s rights and is a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council. She also holds a PhD in English language.

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Laila Shawa
(One of the Most Prolific and Important Artists of the Revolutionary Contemporary Art Scene in the Arab World)
Laila Shawa
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Birthdate: 1940 AD
Birthplace: Gaza
Laila Shawa is a Palestinian artist who uses art to highlight the political situation of her country. She is one of the most prolific and important artists of the revolutionary contemporary art scene in the Arab world. Laila Shawa's artwork, which includes installations, sculptures, and paintings, has been exhibited all over the world.
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Mai al-Kaila
(The First Woman to Hold the Position of Health Minister of Palestine)
Mai al-Kaila
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Birthdate: April 8, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Jordanian-ruled West Bank, Israel
Mai al-Kaila is a Palestinian diplomat, politician, and doctor. She is the current Health Minister of Palestine, the first woman to serve in that position. An important diplomat, Mai al-Kaila also served as the Palestinian Ambassador to Italy and to Chile between 2006 and 2019. 
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Samiha Khalil
(A Prominent Figure of the Women's Movement in Palestine)
Samiha Khalil
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Birthdate: 1923 AD
Birthplace: Anabta, Palestine
Died: February 26, 1999

 A pioneering figure of the women’s movement in Palestine, Samiha Khalil started the charitable organization al-Inaash al-Usra society from her garage. She has also been detained multiple times for her association with the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine. She also contributed to the development of a museum in Ramallah.