Symposium on Violence against Women


Advocacy & Politics: Where do they meet ?

AlShaheed Park 2 – Multipurpose Hall 2


November 14, 2017 6-9pm
Our panelists: Omar Altabtabaee, Dr. Ghanem AlNajjar, Baia Pataraia, Dr.Maha Al Muneef, Ghilda Anani

Omar Altabtabaee, Kuwait

Omar Altabtabaee is an elected Member of Parliament in Kuwait’s National Assembly, representing District 2. Omar contributed to the Education, Culture and Guidance Affairs Committee of the National Assembly. He adopted the Abolish 153 cause in May 2017 within the parliament and garnered four other signatures for an urgent request to abolish ‘Article 153’ in Kuwait’s Penal Code.

Dr. Ghanim Al-Najjar, Kuwait

A professor of political science at Kuwait University. Until recently, he was the UN independent expert for Human Rights in Somalia, a mandate he held for 8 years. He is a member of the board of the Arab Human Rights Fund based in Beirut, as well as an international commissioner with the International Commission of Jurists in Geneva.

Baia Pataraia, Georgia

Human rights defender & lawyer focusing on women’s rights in Georgia. Founder of the Georgian Women’s Movement. The Executive Director of Union “Sapari”, a leading women’s rights organisation in Georgia. Baia is a PhD candidate of Public International Law.

Ghida Anani, Lebanon

The Founder & Director of ABAAD-Resource Center for Gender Equality in Beirut. Ghida holds a master’s degree in clinical counseling and is an expert in gender-based violence (GBV), child abuse and child protection, case Management of abused women and children, policy development, and advocacy and lobbying.

Dr. Maha Al Muneef, Saudi Arabia

A Saudi Arabian pediatrician pioneering the field of child maltreatment in Saudi Arabia and founder of the National Family Safety Program. Dr. Maha helped draft the Child Protection Act which defines and criminalizes domestic violence.


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