Muzna Dureid

Muzna Dureid (she/her/hers) is a policy analyst and humanitarian practitioner. She is a candidate for M.A. PPPA Master in Public Policy and Public Administration at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. She works as a participatory grantmaking and strategy consultant at Mariam Assefa Fund. She was involved actively in multiple initiatives and networks focusing on child and forced marriage issues among Syrian refugees since 2012 when the first wave of Syrian refugees fled to the neighboring countries by founding “Women Refugees, not Captives, a campaign” aiming to end forced and child marriages of Syrian women refugees and girls. She worked as Liaison officer for The White Helmets, the winner of an alternative Nobel prize for peace in 2016.

Muzna also advocates for the diaspora women’s refugee political participation. She is a co-founder of the Syrian women’s political movement to engage Syrian women in politics and peace talks and shape Syria’s future. As part of her work for women’s rights and gender equality, worked as a consultant on WPS at Women, Peace, and Security Network – Canada. She is a fellow of Women in Conflict 1325 Fellowship at Edinburgh University and Laurate of Femmes d’Avenir en Méditerranée at Sciences Po University.

Muzna is a recipient of the Canadian Excellence in Global Women and Children’s Health award for the young category of 2019. The recipient of The Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers annual award for outstanding Advocacy on behalf of the human rights of Refugees. Muzan is a member of Gender Innovation Agora (GIA) at UN WOMEN and a board member of CARE Women’s Advisory Board for Advocacy (WABA), a co-chair of Refugee advisory Network- Canada (RAN). She is  Youth Advisory Board member at Research Network of Women, Peace, and Security at Max Bell School of Public Policy McGill University. She serves as an advisory member for (LERRN) The Local Engagement Refugee Research Network at Carleton University.

Recently, Muzna has received the IDRC award Women, Peace, and Security for her research on the impact of Covid on cyberattacks against women peacebuilders in Syria and Yemen.