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22 Mar

Samia’s story

Samia, 52, Palestinian Married, Mother of three Lives in Shatila refugee camp, Beirut, Lebanon   “Go out, go to [social] centers and ask if they have programmes or activities that can help you improve in any way. Working on yourself is something essential, and you have to take the first step. Do not be ashamed […]

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22 Mar

Amouna’s story

Amouna, 46, Palestinian Married, Unemployed Lives in Shatila refugee camp, Beirut, Lebanon   “Although life can be extremely difficult, I want to say to Arab women to stay strong and keep their faith. We can survive any circumstances we live through, but we do not always have to do it on our own. Intisar Foundation […]

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7 Feb

Interview with Richard Hougham

Richard Hougham is a drama therapist, Principal Lecturer and Course Leader of the MA Drama and Movement Therapy programme at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, and Chair of the European Consortium of Arts Therapies Education (ECArTE)     Please tell us more about your journey from realising the psychological importance of […]

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27 Jan

Lisa’s story

Liza, 41, Lebanese Married, Mother of one Lives in Burj Hammoud, Lebanon   ” The explosion was so powerful that it threw my son and me against the wall. We assumed it was a rocket that struck our house, and I was screaming my heart out, losing control and not comprehending what had occurred. My hand, back, […]

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27 Jan

Hana’s story

Hana, 65, Lebanese Married, Mother of two Employed Lives in Ashrafiye, Lebanon   ” After the 2020 Beirut blast, I didn’t fall apart but my house did. I had invested a lot of effort and money to make that house feel like home. However, I don’t care about the loses. I have been able to cope with […]

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18 Jan

Interview with Philip Stoltzfus

Board Member, Intisar Foundation   ” Women are the deliberate target of war’s greatest crimes, as a means of destroying communities. The Intisar Foundation seeks to enable these women to restore their lives. I can’t think of a more vital mission. “   Please tell us more about why you decided to lend your invaluable […]

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18 Jan

Interview with Karma Ekmekji

Board Member, Intisar Foundation     ” Arab women are being affected in so many different ways. But from where I sit, I think the pressing challenge is being absent from the decision making table. Inclusion is the first and essential step to address many of the challenges that Arab women face.” Karma Ekmekji is a Mediation […]

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7 Dec

Interview with HRH Princess Dina Mired

Immediate Past President for Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)   What has inspired you to lend your invaluable support to the Intisar Foundation?   I had been a close friend of HH Sheikha Intisar much before she established the Intisar Foundation, and so I was lucky to be a constant witness of the evolution […]

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7 Dec

Interview with Samar Dudin

Regional Director and Head of Programmes at Ruwwad   ” The Intisar Foundation drama therapy sessions were held in a safe, private part of our community center in East Amman… I remember how HH Sheikha Intisar stepped forward and coached one of the women to raise her voice, take the stance, even to shout out […]

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29 Nov

Lamia’s story

Lamia, 43, Palestinian-Syrian Married, Mother of four Lives Shatila Refugee Camp, Beirut, Lebanon   ” Being a refugee has left me feeling defeated in a fight that I have never had a chance to win. ”   My name is Lamia. I am a 43 years old Palestinian-Syrian.   I studied until the seventh grade. […]

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