Issam Abdul Hadi
Born in Nablus in 1928; educated at A'ishiyyeh School in Nablus and later at the Friends' School in Ramallah;
Involved in Palestinian women's activities in the West Bank since 1949; attended the first PNC at which the GUPW was formally established in June 1964; elected Sec.-Gen. of the Arab Women's Union in Nablus in 1949; long-time leader of the GUPW and its elected President in July 1965; imprisoned by Israel and deported with her daughter Faiha Abdul Hadi, in April 1969 after arranging a sit-in and hunger strike at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Jerusalem, in protest of the Israeli army's killing of women in Gaza; worked through the Save Jerusalem Committee in Amman;
Appointed to the PLO Central Council in 1974; re-established GUPW in Lebanon in the mid-1970s; headed the Palestinian delegation to the first UN International Women's Conference in Mexico City in 1975; elected Pres. of the General Union of Arab Women in 1981; Vice-Pres. of the International Democratic Union of Women from 1981-92;
Returned to the West Bank in 1993; was awarded the Ibn Rushd Prize by the Berlin-based Ibn Rushd Fund for Freedom of Thought in 2002; was one of eight Palestinian women nominated for the Noble Peace Prize as part of the Project "1000 Women for the Noble Peace Prize 2005".