Sana’a Banawi

Sana'a Banawi

Program Officer for the Middle East and North Africa

Sana’a is the Program Officer for Middle East and North Africa at GNWP. Sana’a is passionate about empowering women and young women as influential leaders and peace advocates. She is committed to advancing localized and gender-sensitive approaches within the humanitarian-development-peace framework.

Sana’a previously worked as a Knowledge Management Specialist on the Women, Peace and Security agenda at the Jordanian National Commission for women (JNCW), where she contributed to drafting, coordinating national efforts and implementing the Jordanian National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 (JONAP I) for the years 2018-2021, in collaboration with all national and international partners. Additionally, Sana’a had a major role in developing JONAP II (2022-2025) to ensure an inclusive, participatory and contextualized approach with multiple national and international stakeholders. As part of her work at JNCW, she supported the work of the UNSCR 2250 National Coalition on Youth, Peace and Security to unify Jordan’s efforts toward implementing the YPS agenda and accelerating the development of a national action plan on UNSCR 2250 in Jordan.

Sana’a is also an experienced education policy professional with a focus on education reform initiatives, particularly those enhancing the quality and sustainability of educational programs. She has extensive experience with stakeholder engagement, elevating policies, building capacities and establishing practices that institutionalize the program’s impact within the Government and institutions.

Sana’a holds a master’s degree in human rights and human development and a bachelor’s in Italian and English languages from the University of Jordan.