We are thrilled to share the news that Suha Tutunji, Head of Refugee Education at Jusoor, has been named the recipient of the 2022 Ginetta Sagan Award by Amnesty International. This prestigious award recognizes and assists women who are working to protect the liberty and lives of women and children in areas where human rights violations are widespread.
Suha's work at Jusoor has been vital in protecting the rights of marginalized communities, specifically refugees and vulnerable populations in the Arab world. Her dedication to critical humanitarian response programs, particularly education in emergencies, has transformed the way many educators in the country approach refugee education.
Upon receiving the award, Suha stated:
"It means so much to receive this award; it brings recognition to a topic that is so often overlooked. For both myself and Jusoor, the recognition that accompanies this award gives us hope that the work we’re doing truly highlights the need for equity in education. Every day I see the impact that Jusoor’s work has on the lives of our teachers and students, but it is very special to have that recognized internationally. The Ginetta Sagan award gives the Jusoor community hope that our work and mission will continue to be recognized, and I hope that the international community will continue to support our work to allow us to reach more vulnerable students."
As we celebrate International Women's Day, we recognize Suha's incredible achievements and her tireless efforts to ensure that every marginalized and forgotten child has access to quality education. She is an inspiration to all of us to continue fighting for human rights and supporting vulnerable communities. Suha's work in providing equitable access to quality education for Syrian and Lebanese children is more important now than ever before.
We are proud to have Suha as a part of our team at Jusoor, and we hope that her recognition through this award will inspire others to join us in our efforts to create a better world for all. Let us all take a moment to celebrate the achievements of women like Suha, and to renew our commitment to achieving gender equality and protecting the rights of all people, regardless of their background or circumstances.
We are incredibly proud of Suha's achievements and her commitment to creating a better world for all. Her work is a testament to the power of education to transform lives and communities. We congratulate Suha once again on this well-deserved honor and are grateful for everything she does for Jusoor and beyond.
It is worth noting that Suha is not only a remarkable leader but also a kind-hearted person. She decided to use the $20,000 annual award grant, received in recognition of her achievements and in the hopes that it will serve as a beacon of hope for women fighting for human rights, to cover the tuition for two disabled Syrian students over the course of two years. This act of generosity and kindness embodies Suha's unwavering commitment to supporting marginalized communities and advancing human rights.
As we celebrate International Women's Day, let us all take inspiration from Suha's remarkable achievements and continue working towards creating a more just and equitable world for all.