Mrs. Haniya Bitar

Director General - PYALARA

     Born in 1967, Bitar received her Bachelor degree in English Literature and Translation from Bethlehem University, and then she received her M.A. degree in English/American Literature at the Catholic University of America.

Bitar started her professional career as a teacher of English language at Bethlehem University. Then acted as the Business Manager of The Jerusalem Times weekly newspaper. In 1999, Bitar founded and acted as the Director General of the Palestinian Youth Association for Leadership and Rights Activation (PYALARA). In 2005, Bitar founded along with a number of Women Leaders, the International Women’s Commission for a Just and Sustainable Palestinian-Israeli Peace. She ran as a candidate for the Palestinian Legislative Council Elections within the "Third Way" national list. Currently, she serves as a member of the board of trustees of the Arab-American University in Jenin; the Vice-President of the Democracy and Workers’ Rights Center; Member of the board of Trustees of Miftah and FATEN, board member of the Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counseling. Bitar is also serving her second term as a member of the civil society consultancy group for UN women  , and Deputy Director of the Palestinian National Institutions Network.  

Bitar was nominated a “Global Leader for Tomorrow” and “Young Arab Leader”. Bitar is the author of several articles and a keynote speaker at a number of international conferences.