Hayat Wahab Arslan
Founder of the Society of Lebanon the Giver, the New Generation School of Hasbaya, the Women's Technical training School in Aley, and the Committee for Women's Political Empowerment.
Coordinator of the Patriotic Allegiance Movement.
Women's Rights Activist.
Hayat Wahab Arslan is a Lebanese women's rights activist, and supporter of women's economic and political empowerment. Arslan grew up in what she describes as a very conservative but reasonable household. At the age of 20, Arslan married into a prominent Druze family, finding the opportunity to overturn what she describes as a previously sheltered life in favor of an active and influential one, establishing several local organizations to help other women do the same. Fascinated by the reasons behind the Lebanese Civil War and the relationship between citizens and their leaders, Arslan applied to the Department of Political Science at the American University of Beirut (AUB). Despite her husband's disapproval, and after a long period of convincing on her part, she enrolled at AUB, receiving her B.A. in political science in 1990.
Arslan founded the non-profit organization Society of Lebanon the Giver (SLG), in 1983, to deal with a variety of social problems, concerned mainly with economic, educational, cultural, and social welfare. She also established the New Generation School of Hasbaya, the women's technical training school in Aley in 1997, and several other institutes for education, health, and craftsmanship.
Arslan is also the founder of the Committee for Women Political Empowerment, and the coordinator of the Patriotic Allegiance Movement. She is a firm supporter of the electoral law Female Quota System, which was included in the drafted law of Fouad Boutros' Committee in 2005 that aims to close the enormous gender gap in local politics. At the time of writing, this law is still awaiting ratification, and Arslan continues her efforts to lobby for the women quota adoption especially after the results of the 2018 elections where only 6 women were elected. Her activism and lobbying had contributed to the fact that 111 women ran for the 2018 elections, which was an unprecedented women advent on the Lebanese political scene (in the 2009 elections, there were only 12 women candidates). .
Last modified: 01/09/2019