Samah Sabawi is a writer, playwright and Public Relations expert with years of experience both as an activist for human rights as well as a political analyst. She is co-author of Journey to Peace in Palestine, writer and producer of the plays Cries from the Land and Three Wishes. Her past work experience include being former Public Advocate for Australians for Palestine and holding the position of Executive Director and Media Spokesperson for the National Council on Canada Arab Relations (NCCAR) where she participated in televised panel discussions and live news commentary on issues related to Israel/Palestine. She participated in various public forums on peace building, women in conflict areas, the Palestinian Right of Return as well as various presentations for interfaith groups.
Sabawi also served on the Board of Directors of the Palestinian Canadian Congress (PCC) and was an active member of the Canadian Friends of Sabeel (CFOS) and the Association of Palestinian Arab Canadians (APAC). Her vast experience also includes working as a subject Matter Expert (SME) for the Canadian Foreign Service Institute’s Center for Intercultural Learning where she facilitated various educational workshops and presentations on the culture, history, human rights record and present political climate in various countries in the Arab World.
Samah’s family was displaced as a result of Israel's occupation of the Gaza Strip in 1967. Although she has lived and worked in many countries around the world she still has strong ties to her place of birth - ties that have shaped her work and her identity.