Hayat Mirshad
Head of Communications and Campaigning Lebanese Women Democratic Gathering (RDFL)

Hayat Mirshad is a Lebanese feminist activist, journalist, trainer, and communications and advocacy expert. Hayat has been an advocate for women's and girls’ rights since 2007. She has coordinated and led various projects and campaigns about gender equality and women’s rights in Lebanon. She is a co-founder and co-director of FE-MALE, a non-profit feminist collective. Hayat is Head of Communications and Campaigning at the Lebanese Women Democratic Gathering (RDFL), a women’s rights organization that has been established for more than 40 years and works for gender equality in Lebanon. Hayat began working as a journalist in 2006. She has worked and contributed as a writer, reporter, content producer, and guest producer for a number of media outlets including Aljadeed TV, OTV, Al-Akhbar newspaper, Annahar newspaper and Al Nidaa magazine. In May 2012, Hayat initiated and was the anchor and producer of the first feminist radio program in Lebanon. Hayat has been a gender, communications, and campaigning trainer since 2009. She managed and conducted more than 50 trainings targeting more than 1,200 people with various reputable organizations including the BBC Media Action, Internews, UNFPA, Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP), Euromed Feminist Initative, and the YWCA. Hayat has spoken at a number of national, regional, and international platforms, conferences and events about women’s rights and media, and was chosen as a member of a number of board and consultative committees for different national and international organizations including UN Women and Action Aid.

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