Samah Salaime is a social worker who founded AWC as part of a personal mission to end the so-called “honor killings” that have taken the lives of so many women, including those in Ramla and Lod. Samah was a fellow at the prestigious Mandel School for Educational Leadership in 2013-2014. In January of 2018, Samah was listed as one of the top ten most influential activists by Yedioth Ahronoth. She has a BSW and MSW in social work in the social policy and administration track, with a specialization in gender studies from the Hebrew University. She is a researcher and activist in gender education in the Palestinian society, in social entrepreneurship and in majority-minority relationships.