I was incredibly moved by Marwa’s story of growing up in Camp Gaza. Her story is full of compassion, determination, and a clear sense of purpose. I admire who she is becoming and what she has already accomplished. I believe her story (and actions) will women and many others.
She grew up in Camp Gaza under harsh conditions and extreme restrictions, especially as a woman who was expected to marry and do as her husband told her. Instead, she found the courage and support of her mother to divorce, finish school, move away, and become a social worker and champion for the women of Gaza.
Her harsh life helped forge her into a courageous and compassionate young woman who has dedicated herself to helping other women rise up. She has already formed the first all-women football team despite cultural barriers to do so. Marwa is determined to empower other women to dream, accomplish goals, and be responsible for themselves. She continues to work to create tools, opportunities, and programs to help them.
If you’d like to learn more about Marwa and her story, read her blog called my name is Marwa.
May we all rise up in courage and compassion.