As the name of the center suggests, its main
figure and director is Joumana Haddad, who is an author, a journalist and an
activist who has been vocal and active, for more than twenty years now,
in causes and issues affecting Lebanon’s human rights and democracy climate,
and youth concerns. The figure of JH already rallies a great number of young
people in Lebanon- whether these are women, men, or belonging to vulnerable
communities-, from diverse backgrounds, who feel that she represents their rights,
defends their basic human dignity, and embodies the modern and liberal values
that they would love to see instated or protected in their country. Also, the
past parliamentary elections proved that she’s a prominent, credible and
reliable voice for the youth.
Evidently, Joumana Haddad is surrounded and
helped in these endeavors by a number of expert committees and advisory groups.
There is already a large number of volunteers in JHFC who are involved in different
areas of the process (branding, social media, development, etc.). The Center also
has its own think tank, to keep an eye on the big picture and ensure that the
different agendas are moving in the right directions.