- Country / Conflict-Affected Area: Syria
- Position: Vice-Chair
- Organization: The Day After Project
A writer based in Montreal, Afra Jalabi is Vice-Chair of the executive body of a nongovernmental organization – The Day After Project – which has brought together a wide range of Syrians in the opposition to begin planning for a transition to democracy in the country. Before the revolution she was also a signatory of the Damascus Declaration, a 2005 statement by opposition groups and individuals demanding a multiparty democracy in Syria. The Declaration called for a gradual and peaceful transition to democracy and the equality of all citizens in a secular and sovereign Syria.
Ms. Jalabi is also a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Law and Religion at Hamline University. She worked as a columnist in the Arab Press for 12 years.
She has a B.A. in anthropology and political science from Canada’s McGill University, a master’s degree in journalism from Carleton University, and is a Ph.D. candidate at Montreal’s Concordia University, in the Department of Religion.
As a frequent lecturer on issues related to Islam, nonviolence, and the Middle East, with a recent focus on Syria for obvious reasons, she has appeared on Arab, American, and Canadian media including Al Jazeera, Orient, CBC, BBC, PBS and CTV.
Last Updated: January 2014