Alaa Murabit

Alaa Murabit

Alaa Murabit is a pediatrician and women’s rights activist who moved to Libya from Canada when she was 15 years old. While in medical school, Murabit became frustrated with the lack of women’s rights in her new home. After petitioning her university to allow women to sit on the student council, an illegal act at the time, she was placed on Gadhafi’s most wanted list. During the Libyan Revolution of 2011, Murabit founded the Voice of Libyan Women (VLW), an organization focused on empowering women economically and politically. Her programs, such as the groundbreaking “Noor Campaign,” have been replicated internationally. As violence has gripped Libya once again, VLW is working to increase women’s participation in the fight against extremism.

Murabit acts as advisor to numerous international security boards, think tanks, and organizations. Most recently she was nominated to the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (women, peace and security) Global Advisory Board, the UN Women Global Advisory Board, and Harvard University’s “Everywoman, Everywhere” initiative. She was named the "International Trust Women Hero 2014" by The New York Times and "One of 25 Women Under 25 to Watch" by Newsweek. 

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