Wynne attends Daughters for ‘Life Foundation’ scholarship ceremonies

Unique Scholarships Empower  49 Women in Israel and the West Bank

Premier Kathleen Wynne spoke at ceremonies in the West Bank and Israel, where 49 post secondary scholarships were awarded to young women through the Daughters for Life Foundation on Thursday.

Premier Wynne spoke at a Daughters for Life event in Ramallah, where 21 Palestinian women from the West Bank were presented with scholarships to study at Bethlehem University, Hebron University and Modern University College in Ramallah. The Premier also spoke at a separate event in Jerusalem, where 28 Israeli Arab and Jewish women were awarded equivalent scholarships to study at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, University of Haifa and Achva Academic College.

In the West Bank, the Daughters for Life Foundation signed agreements with both York and McMaster universities, which will give 10 young women the opportunity to study in Ontario, through the award of one scholarship per year at each institution, for five years.

The Premier also announced that the foundation will be providing:

  • Two scholarships to study at Collège Boréal in Sudbury, Ontario, which will be awarded every two years
  • One fellowship at the TRIO Fertility Treatment Practice, which is affiliated with the University of Toronto
  • One fellowship in pediatric surgery at Toronto SickKids Hospital
  • One dermatology fellowship at the Women’s College Hospital, which is affiliated with the University of Toronto‎.

The Daughters for Life Foundation believes that empowering girls and young women through education will help to bring lasting peace to the Middle East. Its scholarships are offered to young women of any Middle Eastern nationality or background, whether Arab or Israeli, and regardless of religious affiliation. Recipients of the scholarships are chosen for their academic achievements, as well as their commitment to improving the lives of girls and young women in the Middle East.

  • Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, Founder and President of the Daughters for Life Foundation, was appointed to the Order of Ontario in 2013.
  • The Daughters for Life Foundation was started by Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish after his three daughters were killed by a tank shell in Gaza.

Wynne said: “I was honoured to be a part of the Daughters for Life award ceremonies — travelling from the West Bank to Israel to watch young women from different communities receive the same award was truly inspirational and uplifting. These scholarships rise above cultural barriers and are a clear demonstration that education and knowledge are powerful tools for creating peace and moving forward in a positive direction.” – CINEWS

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