Whitney Buchanan is currently based in Berlin Germany and has worked with activists, NGOs, and INGOs in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Europe and areas of Sub-saharan Africa, since 2009. She is the founder of Middle East Collective, an initiative promoting the understanding of the MENA region and tolerance of Islam, while embracing Muslim communities in the West.
More specifically, Whitney focuses on Muslim-Christian understanding, U.S. policies and relations with the MENA, as well as women’s issues in the United States and throughout the MENA region. She has conducted intensive interviews with prominent activists in the West and MENA, United Nations Women and the International Labour Organization in Egypt, as well as the Arab African International Bank in Germany, amongst others.
Whitney’s degrees include a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Anthropology from the University of Tennessee, and a Master of Global Affairs in Global Affairs and International Cooperation from the American University in Cairo. She hopes to advance her career by beginning her PhD studies later in 2018.
Whitney is currently a member of the Association for Middle Eastern Public Policy and Administration, Democrats Abroad, the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, and the Bied Society. She is the former President of Tennessee’s Gamma Kappa Chapter of Gamma Sigma Sigma Inc., a national community service sorority.
Born in Tennessee, Whitney spent her adolescent years below the Mason-Dixon line, where she began advocating for gender equality and religious tolerance.
Sub-specialties: Christian-Muslim understanding, dialogue building, U.S. policies and relations with the MENA, women’s issues and social justice activism in the United States and throughout the MENA region.
How Freedom of Speech, Human Rights, and Religious Tolerance Support Women’s Empowerment
WomenUP [December 2017]
‘We, Too, Are Survivors.’ 223 Women in National Security Sign Open Letter on Sexual Harassment
TIME [November 2017]
Open Letter to Permanent Representatives to the UN: Recommendations on the Security Council Open Debate on Women, Peace and Security (WPS)
NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security [October 2017]
Project Strong Woman: Meet the Women
Strong Woman Official [April 2017]
Advocating for the Middle East with Whitney Buchanan
Femme & Fortune [December 2016]
Middle East Collective is a social initiative, which promotes the understanding of the MENA region
The Great Middle East [November 2016]
Sexual Harassment at the American University in Cairo
Al-Fanar Media [June 2016]
Founder, The Middle East Collective
Women in Foreign Policy [May 2016]