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Enass Zbidat

A social entrepreneur, director of youth programs for the Arab society. Ms. Zbidat is a leader in the Arab Society Domain at Aharay NGO - Youth Leading Change. Currently, the organization is working on establishing five centers for Arab-Israeli youth, Malah al-Balad, working to shape the next generation of young leaders. She is also a writer of therapeutic children's literature, including The Memory Drawer, a book that helps children cope with the loss of a loved one, and Frete Romeo, a story about a girl who must say goodbye to her parents when her father falls ill.
Additionally, Ms. Zbidat is a lecturer for continuing education courses for teachers on various subjects, representing both Sakhnin College and the Dr. Anat Raviv Institute.

From Sakhnin.

Prior to her current positions, Ms. Zbidat worked as an occupational mentor for the Eshet Hail program at the Be’atsmi organization, which helps Arab women integrate into the job market, and as an occupational mentor at the National Insurance Institute through Gal College, assisting people in the process of vocational rehabilitation to return to their professional lives. She established the Bassat al-Rikh Center, which promotes growth and personal development for parents, children, and professionals in Sakhnin. Ms. Zbidat also co-founded the Ma’agalei Hikayat project, which creates centers for female storytellers for both Arab and Jewish women. The project aims to build connections and tell new stories about life in the Galilee, and eventually, life in Israel and around the world.

Ms. Zbidat holds a master’s degree in education, specializing in behavioral problems, from the Or Yehuda Center for Academic Studies. She is a coach and mentor in vocational pedagogy and education and holds a bachelor’s degree in special education from Sakhnin College for Teacher Education.

Through my training, I have witnessed the struggles of people in other countries and the heroic actions of women who have creatively resolved long-standing national conflicts. I draw inspiration from these women, whose stories used to seem distant, but now provide hope. I believe that women can negotiate differently and effectively by speaking in a language that connects and creates solutions that bridge differences. The sessions that I participated in provided a time for reflection and exchange of ideas with accomplished women. These meetings take place in participants’ homes, providing an opportunity to gain experience, reflect, think, and dream.