The Daughters for Life Foundation, founded in 2010,

is a registered Canadian charity that provides young women in high school and university the opportunity, through education, to develop a strong voice and play a leading role in improving the quality of life throughout the Middle East.


We believe that every girl in the Middle East has the right to higher education and training. To that end, the Foundation provides scholarships and awards to encourage young women to pursue their studies at universities in Palestine, Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.

In the spring and summer of 2011, the first awards were presented with a certificate and plaque to young women studying in the areas of medicine and nursing, law, business administration and journalism. The four fields of study reflect the areas of interest that Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish’s three daughters—Bessan, 21, Mayar, 15, and Aya, 13,— expressed interest in pursuing before they lost their lives during the Israeli incursion into Gaza in January 2009.


The ultimate objective of Daughters for Life is the creation of a credible voice throughout the Middle East on societal issues that affect the lives of girls and women. When female values are better represented through leadership at all levels of society, overall values will change and life will improve in the Gaza Strip, in Palestine as a whole, in Israel, and throughout the Middle East.