Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality - Lebanon
Cynthia received her master in public health with a concentration in health promotion and community health from the American University of Beirut. Her work in the many fields of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) started in 2008 when she compiled an informal registry of “sex-positive” physicians designed by and for queer women and gender non-conforming folks to safely navigate the Lebanese medical system. Throughout the years, she pushed for the implementation of a more accurate language of sexual and public health, when dealing with issues of sex, practices, intimacy, and rights. She also leads SRHR trainings for activists, front-line workers, healthcare workers and various key stakeholders. She previously worked as a Program Coordinator at Marsa Sexual Health Center, where she designed, developed and implemented numerous SRHR interventions, including a tailored campaign for International Women’s Day and a health intervention with and for Trans identified individuals. She is currently Associate Director at the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality and the Research Director of two community health interventions in Beirut: Baynetna designed with and for trans feminine individuals and Mpowerment Beirut for men who have sex with men.