Ola Abú Al Ghaib

Ashoka Fellow
Palestine
Fellow Since 2007

Citation

This profile was prepared when Ola Abú Al Ghaib was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2007.
The New Idea
Ola is integrating women with disabilities into society by creating an enabling environment and empowering them socially and legally, so that they can access their rights and contribute to society as full citizens. 
Ola established Stars of Hope Society (SHS) and pursues a two-pronged strategy: First, she advocates for the rights of disabled women, a new concept in Palestinian society, the Levantine region and most of the Arab World where disabled women are often kept hidden from society. Second, she provides direct individual services and training to empower disabled women to become active members in their communities. Ola arranges and mobilizes disabled women by providing them with necessary skills, such as negotiation, presentation, and communication skills, in addition to counseling, medical, and rehabilitation services. To create awareness and educate society, Ola developed a national advocacy campaign that highlights discrimination against disabled women and demonstrates their potential.
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The Person

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