EDUCATE A WOMAN, EDUCATE A GENERATION: Advancing women in leadership, promoting gender equality, and creating agents of change

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Sunday, February 7, 2021

Canadian Friends of Hebrew University and Daughters For Life invite you to EDUCATE A WOMAN, EDUCATE A GENERATION: Advancing women in leadership, promoting gender equality, and creating agents of change
Prof. Mona Khoury-Kassabri, Prof. Izzeldin Abuelaish, and Randy Druzin

SUNDAY, February 7, 2021
12pm EST | 10am CDT | 9am PST

Join us for a fascinating and in-depth conversation with Prof. Mona Khoury-Kassabri, Dean of the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare at Hebrew University, and Prof. Izzeldin Abuelaish, founder of Daughters for Life Foundation. Moderated by Randi Druzin, author and journalist, the conversation will explore such themes as women’s equality, empowerment, and education, as well as gender violence.

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Prof. Mona Khoury-Kassabri

Prof. Mona Khoury-Kassabri
Mona Khoury-Kassabri is the Dean of the Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare, Head of the University Steering Committee for Accessibility to Higher Education among Arab Students, and the Advisor for Minorities Affairs at the Hebrew University and is an alumna of the Israel Young Academy and the Global Young Academy. Her research revolves around issues related to child and youth welfare. She is especially interested in the area of children and youth at risk for becoming perpetrators and victims of violent and delinquent acts. Previously, she was a Visiting Professor at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work University of Toronto for two, non-subsequent, academic years, between the years 2011-2012 and 2016-2017. Together with Prof. Mishna, the previous Dean of the Faculty, she studied youth involvement in cyberbullying in Canada and in Israel.

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Prof. Izzeldin Abuelaish

Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish
Prof. Abuelaish is a Palestinian Canadian physician and Professor at the University of Toronto. An internationally recognized human rights and inspirational peace activist devoted to advancing health and education opportunities for women and girls in the Middle East. He was born and raised in Jabalia Refugee Camp in the Gaza Strip and is the first Palestinian doctor to receive an appointment at the Soroka hospital.


Prof. Abuelaish has overcome many personal hardships, including poverty, violence, and the horrific tragedy of his three daughters’ and niece’s deaths in the 2009 Gaza War and is now one of the most outspoken, prominent, and beloved researchers, educators and public speakers on peace and development in the Middle East.


Prof. Abuelaish’ s book, I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity, an autobiography of his loss and transformation, has achieved worldwide critical acclaim. Published in 2010, (currently in 23 different languages), and inspired by the loss of his three daughters – Bessan, Mayar, and Aya – and their cousin Noor to Israeli shelling on January 16th, 2009, the book has become an international bestseller. It has also become a testament to his commitment to forgiveness as the solution to conflict and the catalyst towards peace. Dr. Abuelaish founded Daughters For Life, a Canadian charity, in memory of his daughters and to honor his commitment to women’s empowerment.


Prof. Abuelaish has been nominated five times for Nobel Peace Prize and is also the recipient of numerous awards and honours, including The Order of Ontario, The Meritorious Service Cross, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and The Governor General’s Medallion.

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Randy Druzin

Randy Druzin
Randi is an author and journalist based in Toronto, Canada. She has worked at several major media outlets including the National Post and the CBC, and has written for dozens of publications including The New York Times, Time Magazine, The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Star. Based first in Europe then in North America, Randi has covered events as diverse as former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s visit to Prague and the Van Halen reunion tour.


She has varied interests, including Canadian politics and the cannabis industry. Randi is also passionate about sports; she has covered four Olympics and interviewed dozens of world-class athletes, including NHL star Sidney Crosby. She is the author of three books, including two bestsellers, Between the Pipes and The Riverton Rifle. Randi also sits on the board of the Canadian Friends of Hebrew University.

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