A businesswoman turned peace activist, Mariam Jalabi is Director of the Syrian National Coalition’s office at the United Nations in New York. Born in Damascus and raised in the Golan Heights, Ms. Jalabi ran a fashion company, advancing women’s freedom of movement through clothing, until the revolution began in 2011.
Ms. Jalabi then shifted to political work, advocating for democracy and gender equality as a founding member of the Syrian Non-Violence Movement. She led events and rallies in support of the Syrian revolution and joined the largest political opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition. She has directed the coalition’s New York office to the UN since 2013.
A passionate advocate for women’s inclusion in the Syrian peace process, Ms. Jalabi has counseled negotiators for the Syrian opposition as a member of the Women’s Advisory Committee to the talks. In her work with the Syrian Women’s Network and the Syrian Feminist Lobby, she has spearheaded numerous initiatives to expand the political participation of Syrian women and minorities, as well as to increase their presence in the media.
Ms. Jalabi is an independent business owner with degrees in political science from McGill University in Montreal and fashion design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. True to what Syria represents, she has a rich multi-ethnic cultural background and is fluent in English, Arabic, and Circassian.