People don’t know much about Palestinians in Lebanon, we’ve been here for 72 years and we’re still considered foreigners. We experience discrimination at every level, no one lets us forget that we’re refugees. The government supports our right of return, but this is used to deny us basic human rights. We’re required to get work permits even though we’re banned from working in 72 professions including medicine, engineering and even driving taxis. We can learn medicine and engineering in university but if we want to work it has to be through the black market and we’re often exploited because we’re refugees.
Palestinian women in Lebanon are invisible and there are a lot of gender inequalities in MENA, Lebanon and within refugee camps. I want to amplify our voices and our contributions. We as refugees, as stateless people, need to highlight refugee contributions and not just our sufferings, we need to shift the narrative. People in camps also need to be treated with dignity. When you’re displaced, you’re constantly aware that this isn’t home and its only temporary.