Muzna Dureid

Senior Program Officer, The White Helmets

Muzna Dureid is an award-winning policy analyst and researcher. Muzna is a former refugee, an advocate for diaspora women’s refugee political participation, and a co-founder of the Syrian women’s political movement to engage Syrian women in politics and peace talks and shape Syria’s future. In Canada, she is a co-founder of Refugee Advisor Network-Canada, where she works to advance the meaningful participation of refugees in shaping international policies. Currently, she works as a Senior Program Development Officer at The White Helmets (the winner of an alternative Nobel Peace Prize in 2016). She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Public Administration from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. She has been involved in multiple initiatives and networks focusing on child and forced marriage issues among Syrian refugees. This includes founding “Women Refugees, not Captives,” aiming to end forced and child marriages among Syrian refugee women and girls. She is a co-recipient of Canada’s first-ever research award on Women, Peace, and security. The recipient of the Canadian Excellence in Global Women’s and Children’s Health Award and the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers’ annual award for outstanding advocacy on behalf of the human rights of refugees She is an alumna of the Women in Conflict 1325 Fellowship at Edinburgh University and a laureate of Femmes d’Avenir en Méditerranée at Sciences Po University.

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