Middle East and North Africa

URI’s Cooperation Circles bridge decades of mistrust in a region scarred by violence.

Middle East and North Africa Region: women leaders

Members of URI Middle East and North African Cooperation Circles work across borders and across faiths to facilitate projects like conflict resolution seminars in Cairo; interfaith volunteering efforts in Amman to help children, elders and the poor; peacebuilding projects in the Palestinian Territory; youth-led music activities that cross language barriers, and much more.

Regional Support Staff

  • Mamoun Khreisat, Regional Coordinator
  • Muntaser Masri, URI MENA Office Manager
  • Dima Adayleh, URI Legal Representative
  • Manar Yousef, URI MENA Women’s Initiative Coordinator
  • Aicha Chibani, CC Liaison Officer and URI Country Contact for Maghreb countries and Libya (Casablanca - Morocco)
  • Tareq Tamimi, CC Liaison Officer and URI Country Contact for Palestine
  • Shlomo Alon, CC Liaison Office and URI Country Contact for Israel
  • Rasha Maher Hassan, CC Liaison Officer and URI Country Contact for Egypt

Here’s one example of URI’s work in this region:

TRUST WIN, a URI group based in Jerusalem, brought 30 Christian, Druze, Jewish, and Muslim women together at a therapeutic mineral bath. As they relaxed in the warm water, they discussed each other’s backgrounds free of judgment. The women shared their sadness about the lethal violence that had just taken place in Jerusalem that morning, recognizing that they all had lost loved ones in the ongoing conflict. They offered prayers for peace from their different faiths. For many of the women, it was the first time they had made a friend from a different religion.

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Stories From URI Middle East and North Africa

Women’s Interfaith Harmony Gathering for World lnterfaith Harmony Week

Forty Israeli and Palestinian women -- Druze, Jewish, and Muslim members of the Mada CC and Women Reborn CC's -- joined the TRUST WIN CC women. We began by reflecting on the difficult times in the world and in our region with hatred, racism, and religiophobia on the rise.