GC Arab World (ArMA cohort 2017 / 2018)
Ms. Diab is a Canadian-Lebanese researcher, writer, manager, editor, reviewer, instructor and consultant in the areas of Conflict, Migration, Refugee and Gender Studies. She is a Research Associate at the Global Health Institute at the American University of Beirut, working on the Political Economy of Health in Conflict under their Refugee Health Program, and the MENA Regional Focal Point on Migration of the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth. Ms. Diab is completing a PhD in International Relations and Diplomacy with an emphasis on Migration and Security at the esteemed Centre d’Etudes Diplomatiques et Stratégiques, INSEEC U. in France, and is the author of two books and over 40 academic and para-academic publications on intersectional issues across Migration, Gender, Conflict, Human Rights and International Relations.
What motivates you to work on children’s rights?
My interest in child rights originally sparked during my work as an Intern at the Child Rights International Network, whereby I was tasked with looking into the children’s rights across several intersectional themes. At a later stage, as my passion for the subject-matter grew, I oriented much of my migration and refugee-centered research towards the topic in my work at both the Global Health Institute at the American University of Beirut, as well as the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth. Children’s rights, and those of refugee children in particular, have not only been neglected throughout the discourse but are often grouped under more comprehensive and broader themes when refugee issues are discussed. My interest in this intersection stems from my wish to highlight the needs of child migrants more specifically, as well as tailor research and policy-centered discourse towards implementing a more child-centered agenda.
What gives you hope regarding the current developments and the future of children’s rights?
What truly gives me hope in the areas of child rights in my line of work, is the Global Compact on Refugees. The GCR is a major indication that world leaders acknowledge children’s vulnerabilities and specific needs, and commit to fully protecting their rights, regardless of status.
Which skill/knowledge that you acquired during the master are you currently using in your work?
Every skill. My second Master’s degree in Human Rights and Democratization allowed me to strengthen my writing skills, my research skills, as well as my grasp of several intersectional themes across human rights, international law and migration studies which I use in my work as a Researcher as well as a Regional Focal Point every day.