Having lived a childhood of protracted conflict, Shirine grew up with a belief that constant and continuing work towards peace, social cohesion and equality should be maintained. She fostered that with her studies at the Lebanese American University (LAU), the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS) and her research fellowship at SOAS. This pushed forward and shaped her work on a nexus between theory and practice, between academic and grassroots activism in a holistic approach. For that reason, she believes in networking between different partners that work towards the same goals and accordingly has done and underwent extensive voluntary work with many NGOs and INGOs which tackles the root causes of conflict towards achieving peace, inclusion of gender equity and equality. She started her career working on consultancy projects with the Ministry of the Return of the Displaced, UNODC and as a researcher of Lebanese Heritage at LAU. In 2003, Shirine joined WILPF-Lebanon and is now an executive member of the Lebanon Section as well as the MENA Regional Representative. Shirine is interested an worked on research and training on issues pertaining to WPS agenda, women substantive and representative participation, conflict resolution, transitional justice and lately on R2P.
Moreover, in March 2019, Shirine has started working with GPPAC as the MENAPPAC Regional Liaison Officer. As such, I look forward to work with partner within MENAPPAC along the strategy set by GPPAC in terms of WPS in the context of MENA. Another objective is to strengthen and empower partners in MENAPPAC in both strengthening their network within their country and among partners in the MENAPPAC towards enhancement of the WPS agenda and to strengthen GPPAC strategy within human security in EWES and prevention discourse.
Region: Middle East and North Africa
Area of Expertise: Nexus between academics and grassroot activism; WPS agenda; Women substantive and representative participation; Conflict resolution; Transition Justice; R2P