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Specialist Topics Safety & Security
Refugees and Migrants
Social Impact
Social Entrepreneurship
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NOORA SHARRAB Social Development
Gender Equality
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Noora Sharrab obtained her Master's degree in Political Science with a Specialization in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies at York University in Toronto, Canada. She co-founded an NGO in 2009 called, Hopes for Women in Education (, to provide higher-education scholarships, skills training, and online language development (via Banaat Connect – in the process. She worked for several years with United Nations agencies in Jordan focusing on education, international development, and relief services. Her active role working with the refugee communities in Jordan pushed her towards fundraising and building a Women’s Centre in the Gaza Refugee Camp in Jerash, Jordan, which currently employs over 15 full-time refugee women in the process, has trained and worked with over hundreds of refugees and served over 1000 refugees locally in the community in the process. In 2013, Noora partnered with Jacqueline Sofia to establish a Social Enterprise, Sitti Soap ( with the purpose to empower refugee women through employment and to help enhance their opportunity to become financially independent and self-sustainable.


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