Olfat Haider

Bio: Born and raised in Haifa, Israel, Olfat Haider spent many years managing the tensions involved in her Arab identity. She faced discrimination from both the Jewish and Arab populations growing up, and played on the Israeli National Women’s team as its only Arab member.

These experiences inspired Olfat to promote peaceful co-existence between Jewish and Arab youth in Israel. She is currently the Program Manager at Beit Gaefen, an Arab-Jewish Center in Haifa, and works to overcome discrimination and build bridges between the two groups.

Accomplishments: In 2004, Olfat took part in an expedition to Antarctica called Breaking the Ice, referring to the figurative “ice” that separates Jews and Palestinians. She has also brought a group of Jewish and Palestinian kids to the U.S. to climb in the Appalachian Mountains.

Follow along with Ann, Liv and the other incredibly inspiring women on their journey through the Ganges River in India.