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Princess Hayat Arslan

Princess Hayat Wahab Arslan is a member of the Advisory Committee of Notre Dame University-Louaize’s (NDU) Lebanon Dialogue Initiative (LDI). She received a Bachelor degree in Political Science from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, in 1990.

She is a founding member in the Patriotic Allegiance Movement and a member of the Lebanese - Moroccan Friendship Committee since 2009. She is also a member, since 2008, of the National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW) which is the official national mechanism responsible for realizing women's advancement and gender equality in Lebanon as per Law 720/1998. She has also been the President and Founder of the Committee for Women Political Empowerment since 2004, and is a member of the Lebanese Council for Women since 2002, which is a non-governmental organization active in the health care, rehabilitation, educational, environmental, and family organization sectors.

Moreover, Mrs. Arslan has been the Manager of the Hasbaya Women Infirmary since the year 2000, and the Chief Executive Officer at a training school in Aley since 1996. In 1993, she headed the Administrative Council of the Lebanese Artisanal Co-operative of which she remains the president till this day.

Ten years earlier, in 1983, she founded and headed the Society of Lebanon the Giver, a non-profit organization which deals with social problems and generates income through creating various social projects in the fields of education, training, marketing, health, and institutionalization. In the same year, she became the owner of the New Generation School in Hasbaya. Princess Arslan has held numerous fund-raising events for a variety of causes. She has either personally organized or contributed in the organization of fifty-eight local, regional, and international handicrafts exhibitions from 1990 till 2009.

She has also implemented awareness programs including organizing the theater play Bala Wasta addressed to students in public and private schools and universities in the Mount Lebanon regions of Aley and Baabda in 2004. She is also very active in the field of women empowerment. In addition to her membership in numerous women’s groups and associations, she has organized three conferences to lobby for quota for women in the new Lebanese electoral law, titled Women in decision-making positions (2006), Women Quota (2006), and Women in ministerial positions (2004).

Moreover, she has implemented between 2004 and 2006 the Women Empowerment training program that targets potential women leaders. She has also participated in the Lebanese Women in Political Leadership exchange program organized in 2001 by the US State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of Citizen Exchanges. She published as well Al-Mar'a sharik asasi fi al-qarar al-siyasi (Women are essential partners in political decision-making) in 2005.

Princess Arslan is trilingual, as she speaks English and French in addition to her mother tongue, Arabic.

(Lebanon Dialogue Initiative)

 


 
 
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