1951 First Women

Anissa Rawda Najjar: A renowned rural women’s rights activist

Anissa Rawda Najjar was a lifelong advocate of rural women’s rights, her activism spanning over 45 years 1. In 1951, she established the Village Welfare Society (VWS) with Eveline Bostrous, which was one of the first women’s associations to be concerned with rural women 2. She represented Lebanon in several international and Arab conferences, including the Arab Women’s Union conventions in 1953 and 1956. In 1977, she became the vice president of the International Women’s League for Peace and Freedom.