Lebanese Humanitarian Lama Srour On Equality, Human Rights And Standing Up For What You Believe In

BY Harper's BAZAAR Arabia / Nov 27 2019 / 10:28 AM

“Lebanese humanitarian and IRFC Youth Commission Vice Chair Lama believes in taking care of the more disadvantaged youth of the MENA region, as they are the fruits of today’s plantation”

Lebanese Humanitarian Lama Srour On Equality, Human Rights And Standing Up For What You Believe In

Defining career moment?

The moment I decided to shift my career from a private sector to a Public/non-governmental sector.

What part of your work are you most proud of?

Being a global advocate for meaningful youth engagement within the Red Cross Red Crescent movement

Proudest achievement?

Being appointed to represent more than 9 million Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers from across the world, empowering them and creating an enabling environment.

The key to success is


Best piece of advice to yourself/your child/to someone launching in your field?

Dream big, follow your passion and don’t let anything stop you.

What do you still want to learn and why?

I’d like to learn new languages, possibly Spanish and Russian to break any communication barriers with different communities around the world.

What life-defining moment changed the way you think about everything?

When I volunteered for Red Cross, I started to think beyond my own-self and my social circle, I truly understood the real meaning of life and giving back to our communities.

Describe yourself in three words…

Independent, Confident and Passionate

Who or what is your biggest inspiration?

My current biggest inspiration is Malala Yousafzai. She became a world advocate for the children’s right to education, particularly young girls, because of her insistency to attend school.

Favourite adage/motto you live your life by – and who said it?

The famous motto of Mohandas Gandhi: “Be the change you want to see in the world”.

What values do you most admire in others?

Humility, authenticity and respect for diversity

What motivates you?

My passions in life.

Can we have it all (and what does that mean)?

Having it all is having what really means the world to you! Yes of course we can have it all - for me it’s health, family, career, happiness, success and peace of mind.

The future is…

The fruit of today's plantation.

My greatest fear is…

The absence of justice, equality and humanity.

If you wrote a book one day, what would it be about?

It would be about the power of youth in building a culture of peace in the world.

What would you tell your younger self?

Your dreams can become real if you believe in them. You used to want to become a cabin crew member to travel the world, and now you’re doing just that, but travelling because of humanitarian work.

From the November 2019 issue of Harper's Bazaar Arabia