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 thirteen countries—including 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 founded Karama, a regional movement launched in 2005 working to build national, regional, and international coalitions to influence policies and stop violence against women. As Karama’s CEO, she works in partnership with civil society and youth leaders across the Middle East and Africa to promote women’s advancement, protection, and security, and advocate for their inclusion in decision-making and peacemaking frameworks. Ms. Osman has led delegations of high-profile women activists, experts and policymakers from the region to participate in high-level international fora including the annual meeting of UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York, ensuring women from the region lead discussions on how to address priority concerns. Also the founder of the Global Dignity Fund and co-founder of the Think Tank for Arab Women, Ms. Osman has launched civil society organizations in Libya, Syria, and Yemen. She is a member of UN Women’s Global Civil Society Advisory Group and is on the board of Donor Direct Action.