Hayat Mirshad is a Lebanese feminist activist, journalist, trainer and communications and advocacy expert. Born in 1988, Hayat’s educational background included Gender in Development and Humanitarian Assistance (GDHA) Diploma from the Lebanese American University- Beirut and BA in English literature from the Lebanese University.
Her passion towards journalism led her to practice it at young age precisely since the year 2006, where she worked and contributed as a writer, reporter, content producer and guest producer for a number of media outlets including Aljadeed TV, OTV, Al- Akhbar newspaper, Annahar newspaper and Al Nidaa magazine. In May 2012, Hayat initiated and was the anchor and producer of the first feminist radio program in Lebanon “Sharika Wa Laken” (A Partner Not Yet Equal), which was broadcast on Sawt El Chaab Lebanese radio station and in 2015 transferred into an online platform where she remains the co-web and content manager of it.
Hayat is an advocate for women and girls’ rights since 2007, where she coordinated and led various projects and campaigns about gender equality and women’s rights in Lebanon. She is a co-founder and co-director at FE-MALE, a non-profit feminist collective, and Head of communications and campaigning at the Lebanese Women Democratic Gathering- RDFL, a women’s rights organization established since more than 40 years and working for gender equality in Lebanon.
Hayat is a gender, communications and campaigning trainer since 2009, where she managed and conducted more than 50 training targeting more than 1200 person with various reputable organizations, including BBC media action, Internews, UNFPA, Women’s Learning Partnership- WLP, Euromed Feminist Initiative and YWCA.
A loud proud feminist and experienced communicator, Hayat has spoken at a number of national, regional and international platforms, conferences and events about women’s rights and media, and was chosen as a member in a number of boards and consultative committees for different national and international organizations including UN Women and Action Aid.
Her feminist production included producing and contributing to a number of documentaries, articles, studies, researches and toolkits including a Code of Conduct between Media institutions/personnel and Women NGOs in Lebanon on gender-sensitive media coverage in conflict/post-conflict situation and a training toolkit on gender-sensitive media coverage.