Dania Darwish
Asiyah Women's Center, Executive Director

Dania Darwish is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Asiyah Women's Center, which is the first emergency temporary housing facility in NYC that shelters Muslim domestic violence survivors and/or victims of eviction. Under her leadership, Dania oversees all operations at the center including but not limited to fundraising, grant writing, partnership and strategic planning, outreach and volunteer development, and case intake. Furthermore, Dania connects under resourced women to job opportunities, a range of medical and mental health services, permanent housing facilities, legal assistance, and empowers women to get back on their feet and overcome their deeply traumatic circumstances.

Previously, Dania has held roles and leadership positions at Saving Syria, Amnesty International, UN Women, the Muslim American Society, the Office of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and the New York Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Dania worked as a policy advisor for Saving Syria, an international organization that aims to rebuild the lives of Syrian refugees and internally displaced persons in the areas of healthcare, education and human development. In her previous role, Dania completed missions in Greece, Turkey an Lebanon to expand medical and dental care to over 10,000 refugees in over 35 refugee camps. In addition, within her previous role, Dania conducted extensive research on the economic, social and political barriers that stunt the actualization of mental health rights for Syrian refugees.