Younan, Ogarit

Younan, Ogarit

Younan, Ogarit

Ogarit Younan is a Lebanese activist, sociologist and author.

She is the founder and head of the Lebanese Association for Civil Rights, and a leader among Arab activists for democracy, human rights, and non-violent conflict resolution

Ogarit Younan received her Doctorate in Sociology and Education in 1986, from Sorbonne – Paris, France. Her earlier studies, also in Sociology, were carried out in the Lebanese University, Lebanon.

She has focused on human society and social behavior through the prism of group formations and social, political, religious, and economic institutions both in Lebanon and the Arab World.

Ogarit Younan, along with Dr Walid Slaybi, was behind the initiative to abolish the death penalty in Lebanon, and the national campaign for a Lebanese Personal Status Law. She is also a member of the national committee to amend the educational curriculum and unify the civil education book.

She was awarded the 2006 Pax Christi International Peace Prize for her efforts to promote justice and reconciliation in the Middle East and around the world. She received the awards in Larnaca, Cyprus, from Pax Christi International President and Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Michel Sabbah, who said she was recognized for her exemplary efforts in fighting injustice and promoting understanding and peace through non-violent means.

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