What we do
Karama’s mission is to build upon and strengthen approaches to raise and expand the influence of Arab women as leaders in regional and international contexts. In amplifying their voices and skills, Karama acts as a catalyst to end violence against women in the Middle East and North Africa by bringing together key civil society groups and enhancing their capacity for collaboration. Karama is about impact, influence, and dignity.
Karama’s approach to end violence against women distinguishes it from other initiatives, as Karama works from the ground up, emphasizing local expertise and elevating this to inform national policies, regional dialogues, and international advocacy.
Karama takes a broader view in the belief that to bring an end to violence against women, it is necessary to identify the ways it affects and is affected by economics, law, health, media, education, and art/culture—the things that matter most in people’s daily lives—and to design strategies to combat it through each of these areas.
Karama works to end violence against women in the Middle East and North Africa by building coalitions addressing the multi-sectoral causes and consequences of violence and enhancing their capacity to advocate, lobby, and build awareness on women’s issues, priorities, and rights in the region.
Who we are
Founded by Hibaaq Osman in 2005, Karama is a regional NGO based in Cairo, Egypt with an office in Amman, Jordan. Operating throughout the MENA region, Karama has built a strong coalition with hundreds of partners in fourteen countries—including Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen.
Karama works with women, men, and youth academics, activists, community leaders, politicians, parliamentarians, and others in an effort to cancel/ reform discriminatory laws and practices and promote women’s advancement, security, and protection in all aspects of public and private life.
Since 2005, Karama has affected advocacy, capacity-building, knowledge-sharing and exchange, and policymaking at the national, regional, and international levels. Many of our recommendations have been adopted into new and existing constitutions, as well as official recommendations made to the state by international bodies such as the UN.
Hibaaq Osman, Founder and CEO
Hibaaq Osman is a global political strategist, with a specific interest in the Middle East and Africa. Building institutions to promote peace, democracy, and human rights around the world, Ms. Osman conceives visionary approaches to end violence against women and address its multi-sectoral causes and consequences. Above all, she emphasizes local knowledge and experience, amplifying and expanding initiatives from the ground up. The Founder of organizations and institutes in Africa and the Middle East, including three regional NGOs—Karama, the Global Dignity Fund, and the Think Tank for Arab Women, Ms. Osman works to influence and lobby policymakers to invest in women. Through her work with Karama, she initiated the launch of the Libyan Women’s Platform for Peace in 2011 and the Syrian Women’s Forum for Peace in 2012. Named one of the 500 most influential Muslims, she serves on boards for organizations including Donor Direct Action, the Advisory Council for Omega Women’s Leadership Center, and UN Women’s Global Civil Society Advisory Group. She is also a member of the League of Arab States Expert Committee on Women, Peace, and Security.