Eva Abu Halaweh

  • Jordan
  • Human Rights, Women’s Rights
  • International Women of Courage Award

Eva Abus Halaweh, an accomplished lawyer and human rights activist, was born in 1974 in Jordan. Eva joined the Arab Organization for Human Rights in 1993 where she met Asma Khader, a fellow Jordanian member who is also a lawyer and activist. Some years later, Halaweh received a bachelor’s degree in law and then a master’s degree in diplomacy, working as a legal advisor for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees thereafter. She spent an immense amount of time in her career defending clients in vulnerable states as a member of human rights organizations, including the Mizan Law Group for Human Rights as Executive Director. Halaweh and Khader founded the group together, intending to advocate for human rights and democracy in Jordan. Much of this work has surrounded women who are victims of honor killings and the abuse that occurs in Jordanian prisons. 

The U.S. Department of State awarded Halaweh with the International Women of Courage Award in 2011, citing her dedication to advocacy. Halaweh has continued to propose legislative reforms on human rights in Jordan and has been a proponent for human rights through private practice, campaigns, and Mizan, as she forges onward in her nearly thirty year history of advocating for marginalized communities.


  • Population
  • Capital
  • GDP (PPP)
  • April 11, 1921
  • Total Area
    89,341 km2 (112th)
  • Demonym
  • Government
    Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy


Eva’s Portrait is inspired by the frescos in the desert castles in eastern Jordan. The historical value of the frescos and their impression on arts and culture in Jordan reflect Halaweh’s impact on women’s rights in the region.

  • Illustration by
    Jordan Tran