1976 First Women

Wedad Shaktoura: Founder of the Lebanese Democratic Women’s Gathering (RDFL)

Not only was Wedad Shaktoura a pioneering women’s rights activist, but she was also a leader at the Communist Action Organisation in Lebanon. She worked with professional syndicates in Lebanon such as the Teachers’ Syndicate.  In 1961, Shakhtoura ran for elections in the board of the Teachers’ Syndicate, and she managed to win and represent the syndicate in coordination committees around Lebanon 1. She also supported the Palestinian cause, and helped in organising a woman’s sit-in that took place at AUB in 1982.