Kawkab Al-Thaibani

Director, Women4Yemen Network

Region(s): Middle East
Country of focus: Syria, Yemen
Based in Turkey

Kawkab Al-Thaibani (@Kawkab) is the Co-founder and Director of Women4Yemen Network, a network of women activists united to empower, mobilize and advocate for women’s participation in resolving the Yemen conflict.

Kawkab is a member of the Gender and Development Network (GADN) and serves on the advisory board of the human rights platform “The Yemeni Archive”. She previously worked as Regional Gender Advisor for ARK Group DMCC.

In her work as a communications professional, researcher and journalist, she empowers women, especially at the grassroots level, to be more visible and heard. Her work stirred anger from security apparatus for writing about issues like sexual violence inside prison, state violence, corruption and oppression of civil freedoms.

In 2019, she was recognized as one of TRT’s “Women of War” to highlight the significance of women’s role in peace.

Kawkab holds a Master’s degree in Gender and Development from Sana’a University (Yemen) in a joint program with Riskolde University.