Rina Bar Tal, Former chair, Israel Women’s Network 

Senator Sandy Pappas, Minnesota State Senate

Professor Rula QuawasUniversity of Jordan [Feb. 25, 1960 – July 25, 2017]

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FGW founders at Van Leer Jerusalem Institute

FGW Founders at the Van Leer Institute

Words from our Founders:

Women as Agents of Change – In order to strive for PEACE in the MENA region, we at Forward Global Women need to encourage women to move from the circle of concern to the circle of influence and action.  Supporting women to take active roles in leadership positions will enable them to change the dialogue and bring new winds of hope to our communities.

Rina Bar Tal

I co-founded Forward Global Women because I have 3 daughters and 28
grandchildren living in a small town in northern Israel, near the
Syrian border.  Peace in the Middle East is personal for me.  And
women are vital to achieve a lasting peace.

Sandy Pappas

A key component for supporting peace and democracy is increasing women’s participation in peace and reconciliation negotiations as well as developing and supporting women’s leadership abilities. Women’s participation in public life, and political stability are mutually reinforcing.

Rula Quawas

Forward Global Women Mourns the Loss of Co-Founder Rula Quawas

Rula believed with her whole heart, mind and soul that it’s women who can make and bring the difference to the MENA Region. It’s all of us: leaders, politicians, academics, social activists, researchers and lovers of peace– we need to carry on the torch and perhaps, that is how we will find solace to our grieving. Her spirit lives on in her students and in the work of Forward Global Women. May she rest in peace.

Rula Quawas
February 25, 1960 – July 25, 2017

Board of Directors

Board members present at the 2019 Convening in Marrakech, Morocco.

Ex Officio Members

Phyllis Kahn, Former Minnesota State Representative


Convening Participants tell us what Forward Global Women means to them: