Randa Siniora

General Director of a Feminist Palestinian NGO

Country of focus: Palestine, State of
Based in Middle East

Randa Siniora is the General Director of the Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counselling (@WclacPalestine),  an independent Palestinian NGO with headquarters in Ramallah. She is a human rights and women’s rights activist with more than 35 years of professional experience in the field of international human rights and humanitarian law.

She was Senior Executive Director of the Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights 2007-2015 and the General Director of Al-Haq, Law in the Service of Man, 2001-2005. She previously headed networking and advocacy at the WCLAC and was a legal researcher and coordinator of the women’s rights program at Al-Haq 1987-1997.

In 2018 Randa was the first Palestinian woman ever to directly address a formal session of the UN Security Council on Women Peace and Security.  In 2019, Randa was named one of  Apolitical’s 100 most influential people in gender policy, one of the most prominent global lists drawn from more than 9,000 nominations to recognize and celebrate the hard work on gender policy by many around the world.

Randa is co-convener on the Steering Group of the Arab States Civil Society Organizations and Feminists Network. As leader of WCLAC, she represents one of the civil society organizations   selected to the Generation Equality Multi-Stakeholder Leadership Group to advise and support UN Women decision-making during the 2022-2025 period.

She has an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex/UK and an MA Degree in Sociology-Anthropology from the American University in Cairo.