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Known for Being

The first woman to be the editor in chief of an Arabic magazine for children.

The President and Chair of several women's organizations. A women's rights advocate.

Major Accomplishments

Loreen Rihani was the founder of the first Arabic magazine for children in Lebanon and was its editor-in-chief from 1955 until 1970. She graduated from the American University of Beirut (AUB) in the 1930s, and in 1955 the premiere issue of Dunia al-Ahdath was published. Dunia al-Ahdath started as a bi-weekly magazine and then became a weekly one. In the 1950s and 60s, Rihani wrote a series of books for children in Arabic, which were among the first short story books for children in Arabic in Lebanon. Her books were later translated into French by Arlette Khayatta Akl.

In addition to being an author and the editor-in-chief of this first magazine for children, Rihani was fully engaged through civil society organizations in the women's movement in Lebanon. During the 1950s and 60s, Rihani was president of the Women's League, president of the University Women of Lebanon, president of the Village Development Association, member of the Lebanese National Women's Council, Chair of the Board of the YWCA, and Chair of the Board of the Organization of Disabled Children. She was a member of a circle of activists who made equality between men and women in the social, economic, and political fields a priority in their professional life.

Last modified: 02/11/2019

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