There is only one surefire way to create lasting peace: include women in the process. This week host Martha Chaves is talking to British-Syrian humanitarian, doctor and founder of CanDo, Rola Hallam, and Yemeni journalist and executive director of Women4Yemen, Kawkab Althaibani, about fighting for peace and equality in conflict. You better believe that when feminists rule the world—there will be peace in the Middle East.
Guests: Dr. Rola Hallam, Kawkab Althaibani
Dr. Rola Hallam pioneers a new vision for humanitarian aid delivery in war-zones. She is an award-winning consultant anaesthetist, humanitarian, human rights advocate and social entrepreneur. Working with various Syrian-led NGOs, she played an integral part in building 7 hospitals in Syria including the first ever crowdfunded hospital. Rola is the founder and CEO of CanDo, a not-for-profit social enterprise pioneering a fresh locally-led approach to humanitarian action, enabling local medics and aid workers to provide life-saving health services to their war devastated communities. Rola is regarded as a global thought leader, advocating for the cessation of targeting of civilians in war zones, the protection of medical neutrality and localisation of aid. Rola is the first Syrian TED Fellow.
Kawkab Althaibani is a Yemeni journalist and researcher based in Istanbul. She is also the co-founder and Executive Director of Women4Yemen, a network of women working in media, human rights and civil society, which aims at making peace and achieving stability for Yemen by mobilizing, advocating, and empowering women.
Follow Kawkab on Twitter for updates about her work.