Staff senior management
Director MENA Office
Dima Dabbous joined Equality Now in September 2018. For the last 30 years Dima has been working as an academic, researcher, and consultant and trainer on women’s rights and gender equality in the Arab World, but started her career in media and communications. She has been a senior expert on media laws and gender in the Arab World for UNESCO and the BBC. Between 2005 and 2013, Dima was the director of the Institute for Women's Studies in the Arab World, implementing internationally funded development projects to empower women in the region. She has numerous publications on broadcast regulation in the Arab world, women and Islam on Arab satellite television, and discrimination in personal status laws in Lebanon. Dima has a Ph.D. in Broadcast Law/Policy Analysis from Sheffield Hallam University in the UK. She received her M.A. in Media Studies from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, and her B.A. in Communication Arts from Beirut University College, Lebanon.
Dima is fluent in three languages: Arabic, English and French. She also speaks Italian, Spanish, and German.
Dima’s feminist consciousness was shaped by her firsthand personal experience early on in life with injustice, simply because she is a woman. Living in a society that treats women as lesser beings she learned the hard way that, in order to get at the root of discrimination, you have to work on changing the laws. She is inspired by the courageous, daring and total selfless life and work of Mother Theresa. Her favorite quote is attributed to Ghandi: "Be the change you want to see in the world.”
Outside the office Dima enjoys scuba diving, target shooting, traveling, hiking, gardening, baking, and fostering rescued companion animals.