אמל אבו אלקום

Amal Abo Alkom

Ms. Abo Alkom serves as the Director of the Bedouin Women for Themselves NGO, which focuses on women’s empowerment. The organization offers educational courses on integrating women into charitable work and certifying them for community leadership in family matters. Ms. Abo Alkom acts as a facilitator of community groups within Bedouin society, assisting women in need of social and economic support and rehabilitation.
She is also the Director of Manad, the Bedouin Grandmothers’ House of Culture and Heritage, which works in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism to promote tourism and facilitate encounters with Bedouin women who share stories of their culture and heritage. Additionally, Ms. Abo Alkom serves as the Director of several green energy associations, including her role as CEO of the Shamsona Clean Energy NGO and Partner-Director of the Renewable Energy in the Negev project, which develops environmental solutions in the climate sector.
Ms. Abo Alkom is a lecturer in Arab-Jewish coexistence and community justice projects, an ambassador of peace, and a member of the UN Global Peace Council. She is also a member of the Israeli Climate Forum, sponsored by the President’s House.

From the village of Wadi al-Na’am – Shaqib al-Salam.

As the first Bedouin woman to run for the Knesset, Ms. Abo Alkom participated in the 2022 election campaign with the TELEM party, led by former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon. She has previously collaborated with the Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Welfare, and various local and international companies and organizations.

Ms. Abo Alkom holds a master’s degree in strategic planning and crisis management from the Economics Department at Leeds University in the UK, a Bachelor’s degree in education from Or Yehuda College, and an early childhood education certificate from Haifa University.

My training has marked a turning point in my life and career. The sessions at the embassies have broadened my knowledge in the field of political and legal management, both in Israel and abroad, and have shown me that women can take on leadership roles and spearhead efforts to address social and economic challenges. My belief in the pivotal role of Bedouin women in Israeli society has been reinforced, as I’ve come to realize that they possess the skills and abilities necessary to become community leaders who can contribute to improving the quality of life and well-being of Bedouin women and families.