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Leila Younes

Researcher, Health and Human Rights Program

Human Rights Center


Leila Younes is a researcher with the Health and Human Rights Program on the PRISM project, focused on supporting LGBTQI+ children and families in humanitarian settings. She brings over a decade of humanitarian work in the MENA, East Africa, and Latin America regions. In her most recent role as the Senior Technical Advisor for Gender Equality Diversity and Inclusion at the International Rescue Committee, she led the programmatic strategy pillar for feminist partnerships and community-led transformative program design and implementation. Leila holds a master’s degree in childhood studies and children rights and has extensive experience in child-centered feminist participatory research. She led research studies with stateless Bedouin children in Lebanon on the right to have rights, and with working children of the child-led social movement in Peru. As an independent consultant, she has collaborated with different organizations in the humanitarian sector including CARE International, NRC MENA, IRC and Social Development Direct. Leila is an intersectional postcolonial feminist and activist. She grew up in Lebanon and currently resides in Mexico City. She is fluent in English, Arabic, and Spanish.