Meet Nisreen, founder of the first kindergarten in her community and an ambitious public relations career woman.
Nisreen is also a Palestine refugee currently living in Gaza.
The mother of five children, Nisreen has lived all her life at the Al Maghazi refugee camp in central Gaza. She has entered the workforce at a time when Gaza’s youth female refugee unemployment rate has surged to over 83%.
Nisreen completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in education, a diploma in public relations, and has used her skills to set up the first kindergarten in the refugee camp that she lives in. She is ambitious, thoughtful and, in spite of what could be insurmountable challenges; she is pushing hard against the odds that have her firmly in the ‘unemployed and dependent on hand-outs’ category. “In Gaza it is especially hard to for a woman to prove herself among a society that is male dominated,” she said. “But I have a good attitude, energy, and now the support needed to achieve - for me and for my family.”
Her determination doesn’t stop there. After a public relations work placement at the Palestine University, Nisreen received a six-month contract to continue. It is likely this will also be extended and she will push through to provide a better future for herself and her family.
Originally published in April 2015.