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Rana Abdelhamid

About Me

Rana is a long time activist and organizer with Amnesty International USA. She has organized around human rights issues with Amnesty International USA for the past eight years on campaigns related to women’s rights, torture and the Arab Spring. She currently serves on the National Resolutions Committee, has served on the National Youth Action Committee and served as the Youth Delegate to Amnesty’s 2015 International Council Meeting. Rana is a Truman Scholar and a recipient of the UNAUSA Leo Nevas Human Rights Youth Award and the Running Start Rising Political Star Award. At 16, with a black belt in Shotokan Karate, Rana also founded the Women's Initiative for Self Empowerment (WISE) as a self-defense, leadership and entrepreneurship program for young Muslim women in New York City. Over the past five years, WISE has engaged hundreds of participants through its programs with chapters in NY, Texas, NJ, Washington D.C., Edinburgh, Dublin and Madrid. She has also conducted extensive political science and economics research on the inclusion of Muslim minority communities in New York City and Madrid. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.

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