Kawkab Al-Thaibani

Founder and director She4Society Yemen

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

Kawkab Al-Thaibani (@Kawkab) is a gender and communications expert in Yemen and the Middle East. Kawkab has led global and national strategies as well as research and analysis on economic empowerment, advocacy, gender, peace and security, and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Kawkab is a seasoned trainer in peace, gender, research, communication, and media in Yemen, Lebanon (Palestinian camps), and Syria. As a gender strategist, communications expert, and researcher, she aims to amplify women’s voices and empower them to lead peacebuilding efforts. Working with national and international organizations such as UNDP Yemen, UNDP Istanbul Center, ARK DMCC Group, UN Women, USAID, and the Middle East Technical University, as well as grassroots organizations, Kawkab has led the creation and implementation of communications and advocacy strategies, gender policies, providing analysis, technical expertise, and training.

Kawkab is the founder of She4Society initiative, a newly formed initiative aimed at empowering women to achieve peace. She is co-founder and former founding director of the Women4Yemen Network, a network of women activists who advocate for women in peace and security in Yemen. She serves on the advisory board of the Yemeni Archive, an independent platform for documenting human rights and other violations by parties to the conflict in Yemen. In 2022, Kawkab is selected among 30 women globally for the prestigious fellowship of Vital Voices for her efforts in peace and gender equality. In 2019, Kawkab was recognized as one of TRT World Research Centre’s “Women of War” for her role in peacebuilding.