Nominated by NGO CSW/MENA-Arab States

Diana Abou Abbas

Diana Abou Abbas is the Executive Director at Marsa – Sexual Health Center. Diana is a firm advocate for sexual and reproductive health rights. She began her career in communications before shifting to non-profit. She has grown as a person and as a professional with Marsa since 2011. Diana led the organization from a grassroots status all the way from Lebanon to Australia to receive the Red Ribbon Award by UNAIDS, for the prevention of sexual transmission of HIV.

Since its launch, Marsa has provided over 24,000 anonymous services ranging between voluntary counseling and testing, medical consultations, and psychosocial support. Diana invested her passion for communications through Marsa’s ground-breaking video campaigns that challenge social norms, and bust myths around sex and sexuality, while maintaining a fine line that great aunts would appreciate. One of her primary aims is changing policies to create equitable access to sexual and reproductive health and rights for girls, women, and vulnerable groups.