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Major Positions

General Director of the Syrian Feminist Lobby office in Beirut.
Coordinator of the Studies Committee in the Syrian Feminist Lobby.
Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Syrian Center for Citizenship.
Executive Office Member of the Musawa Organization.
Political and Human Rights Activist.

Major Accomplishments

Lama Kannout is a Syrian feminist, political activist, and researcher. She was a member of the political office of the Arab Socialists Movement from 2000-2008 and co-founded several civil society organizations. Also, she has been an executive office member of the Musawa Organization since 2012, chairperson of the board of directors of the Syrian Center for Citizenship since 2013, and the coordinator of the studies committee in the Syrian Feminist Lobby since its establishment in 2014. Kannout has participated in the indirect talks of Geneva II in 2014 as a member of the follow-up committee of the Syrian Women Initiative for Peace and Democracy. Furthermore, she is a twice-elected member of the executive committee of the Coalition of Syrian Women for Democracy (CSWD). In 2014, she worked with various CSWD members on a project to engender the Syrian constitution; the project concluded with three publications on a gendered constitution building process for Syria. By the end of 2016 she was appointed general coordinator of CSWD and held this position until 2018. Currently, she is the general director of the Syrian Feminist Lobby office in Beirut.

Kannout presented several papers on various topics such as the peaceful democratic transition in Syria, the political participation of Syrian women and the challenges facing them in the electoral process as candidates and voters, the participation of Syrian women in the indirect talks of Geneva II, citizenship and gender, women’s rights, the struggle of Palestinian women, Security Council resolution 1325, and a gender-sensitive constitution for Syria. Her notable published work includes a research paper in Arabic under the title: “The Rebel [Women] are Disregarded in Decision-making: Women Political Participation and the Access to Decision--Making Positions in some Syrian Opposition Forces since 2011.”

Kannout is the co-author of a book-length qualitative research project launched in November 2016 in Paris with the Syrian Feminist Lobby under the title “In the Core or on the Margin: Syrian Women’s Political Participation.” Kannout also co-authored the book entitled Rethinking the Transition Process in Syria: Constitution, Participation, and Gender Equality. She is currently working on a second book-length research project on engendering transitional justice in Syria. Kannout earned her BA in Interior Design and was the owner and director of the Lama Advertising Agency from 1992-2014.

Last modified: 01/09/2019

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