Dr. Mona El-Farra
Dr. Mona El-Farra, Director of Gaza Projects, is a physician by training and a human rights and women’s rights activist by practice in the occupied Gaza Strip. She was born in Khan Younis, Gaza and has dedicated herself to developing community based programs that aim to improve health quality and link health services with cultural and recreation services all over the Gaza Strip.
Dr. El-Farra is the Director of Gaza Projects for the Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA), the Vice President of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society of the Gaza Strip and a member of the Union of Health Work Committees. She is also the founder of the Al-Assria Children's Library in Jabalia Refugee Camp.
Dr. El-Farra has extensive experience speaking to international audiences in Australia, Korea, the UK, and the US. Her regular writing and updates on the health sector in Gaza and human rights abuses have attracted the attention of solidarity groups, journalists, and academics. Dr. El-Farra's writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, Le Monde Dipolimatique, The LA Times, and The Guardian. She also has been interviewed for Democracy Now!, the BBC and various international news programs including Channel 5 News London and Asia News to discuss life under occupation in Gaza with a focus on the health sector and the lives of children. Some of her blog posts were collected into a book titled From Gaza, with Love with an introduction by Noam Chomsky.
Dr. El-Farra has received two prestigious awards in recognition of her valuable work and contributions to the community in Gaza. She was selected as one of 10 distinguished women in the Arab World via a popular voting poll in the Arabic women's magazine Sayidity and she was selected for an award by the Creative Women Association in Gaza.
Samples of Dr. El-Farra's writing:
- My Visit to Khuza’a Village, blog
- A View from Gaza: We Have Lost So Many That We Love, CommonDreams
- My cousin is still under the rubble, The Guardian