Rula Sharawi

I helped establish a new forum which aims to grow the culture of cleanness and beauty in Hebron. We are a group of scholars who give lectures in schools and universities about how to keep our city clean. We visit mothers at their homes to encourage their children not to throw trash in the street. We also help in cleaning the streets. And, we gave the street cleaners a new name, فرسان النظافة, “the clean knights,” to show value and the importance of their role. I always say, if the mayor takes one month of vacation no one will notice, but if the فارس النظافة takes one week, there will be a real disaster. I think it will take a very long time to change the culture, but I have a long breath.

- Rula Sharawi