Diala Haidar is a political activist and a feminist who has been consistently active since 2003 in various civil society initiatives and campaigns. She either co-founded or was an active member of a number of campaigns related to the right to civil marriage, removing sect from civil registry, and women’s equal rights. In 2012, and following the Arab uprisings, she co-founded “The Uprising of Women in the Arab World” online platform. The platform conducts research and advocacy on women’s rights. As its campaign manager, she designed and launched several social media campaigns to raise awareness and generate action against discrimination and violations to women’s rights in the Arab World. She also established a transnational network of similar movements and activists/feminists to coordinate the collective efforts, build on each other’s experiences and knowledge, and co-organize on-ground events and solidarity protests.
Diala Haidar holds a master’s degree in physics from the American University of Beirut and a master’s degree in International Affairs from the Lebanese American University. Her current research focuses on civil society and political reform in postwar Lebanon.