Wahida Charafeddine

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Wahida Charafeddine was born in Aley in 1935, the daughter of Sheikh Ali Al Faqih and Khawla Al Faqih.

She was born into an intellectual family. Her brothers were Shafik Al Faqih – author, educator and artist; and Fayez Al Faqih – author and eminent political activist.

Wahida Charafeddine received her education at Al-Sirat School (founded by the trailblazing journalist and activist Afifa Saab), from which she graduated with a high school diploma, then continued her studies at the National University in Aley.

In 1944, she married the prominent pharmacist, Said Charafeddine, with whom she had four children – Hind, Hoda, Raja and Issam, all of whom received University degrees.

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Wahida Charafeddine began her social activity in 1960 in the Al-Resala Social Association for Women in Aley and was a prominent member for many years. In 1973 she was elected its president and continued her generosity and philanthropy –  pushing the Association on an upward path. She achieved many works and accomplishments, including the development of the Resala Hall complex. Under her leadership, the Association also provided services to the disadvantaged and needy.

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Wahida Charafeddine held several positions in many associations and institutions:

• Member of the Lebanese Women’s Council on behalf of the Social Resala Association.

• Treasurer of the Lebanese Red Cross, Aley branch, since 1972.

• Member of the Lebanese Women’s Association.

• Representative of women’s organizations in the Development Movement.

• Representative of women’s bodies in the Central Committee of the people of the Aley region since 1976.

• Member of the Druze Association in London, England.

• Head of the Women’s Committees, Civil Administration in Al Jabal in 1985.

• Vice President of the Druze Charitable Association in Beirut for two years (1970 – 1972).

She attended several conferences, including:

• International Women’s Year Conference in 1974, held in Beirut.

• Annual Druze Conference in Los Angeles in 1980.

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Wahida Charafeddine passed away in 2000, her funeral was attended by dignitaries from all over Lebanon, condolences were received from around the globe.

Wahida Charafeddine is remembered, through her humanitarian work, as a prominent activist who worked tirelessly and selflessly for the betterment of community and social affairs in Aley.

May she be a role model for those who desire to serve their country and society.

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