By Nudge Sustainability Reporter Mostafa Shahat
Fida Abu Turkey is a Palestine woman, who succeeded to support 100 underprivileged women to start their businesses when she was only 18 years old. She started three different organizations when she was studying arts at Al Quds Open University and she is considered as one of the most influential civil society activist in Palestine.
Fida grew up in Palestine particularly in Hebron city. From young age onwards, she was volunteering in local organizations that support underprivileged women socially and economically. In 1999, when Fida joined the university, she has successfully run a fundraising campaign and gathered $100,000 to support underprivileged women in her city to start their businesses; 100 women received micro-credits.
In 2009, Fida founded the Palestine Center for Communication & Development Strategies (PCCDS) which is a Palestinian non-profit NGO. A group of young female activists work in fields of development, democracy and human rights, in order to empower the most marginalized and disadvantaged families socially, politically and economically. Fida also established the Mobile Legal clinic for Human Rights and Rural Development Committees, and lately she has joined them with PCCDS.
Also in 2009, Fida started Irada for comprehensive development, one of the biggest sustainable organizations in the entire Arab world that supports underprivileged women with micro-credits, training and marketing consultation to grow and scale their businesses. Irada supported more than 2,500 women to receive funds between $1,000 - $5,000.
Fida has joined more than 20 international conferences in Asia, Europe and Africa to represent Palestine female entrepreneurs. She was rewarded with the 1st place in King Abdullah II of Excellence and Youth Innovation Award in 2011, and 1st place in Prince Abdulaziz International Prize for Entrepreneurship in 2014, and the Ashoka fellowship.
Fida has a dream to support women not just in Palestine, but in the whole Arab world. She wants to implement the Irada model in each of the Middle Eastern countries to help and support women to receive a fund and build their business. Fida believes that women in 21th century are playing a big role not just in the communities' sustainability but also in the countries' economic stability.