Women who break the mold. Ayat Mneina brought the Libyan revolution to the attention of the world


The 19th and 20th May, a hundred of women leaders from Africa, Latin America and Europe will hold a major meeting in Madrid. Under the name ‘Women’s Bridges. Proposals from the South for global change’, they will debate the major issues of concern to the planet. The aim is to ensure that they are heard and taken into account. To this end, they will draw up a document with proposals to be presented to the international community.

In this section we introduce you to some of these leaders. They are all women who will impress you. We have had to make a choice and the decision has been based on those who are going to be coordinators of the different working groups, but you will find biographies of all the participants on this website.

Today we  introduce you to AYAT MNEINA , who with Obiageli Ezekwesili , co-ordinates the working group Economic, technological and digital empowerment”

Ayat Meina was one of the people who best helped the international community to know what was really happening during Libya’s 2011 revolution and civil war. She did this by using the power of social media to circumvent media censorship.

She founded ShababLibya (Libyan Youth Movement), a platform that used Twitter and Facebook to denounce and live-broadcast the situation in the country. Major international broadcasters and media outlets used her contacts and images to provide reliable information on Libya.

Ayat Meina is very active in sharing her knowledge on Libya. As an independent consultant and strong advocate for human rights, she is an authoritative voice in major international forums.

She is currently involved in Stories of Girls Resistance, a feminist storytelling program where young girls tell their inspiring, unfiltered stories and imagine better worlds for themselves and others. Ayat Meina is the curator for the Middle East and North Africa region of this program that spreads their stories through Instagram.

Based in Canada, she organizes anti-racism courses for the Canadian public administration.

With a Master’s degree in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, she has held a variety of positions, in academia as a researcher at the Centre for Vaccine and Drug Evaluation, and in government as a policy analyst in the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba.

She is a member of Karama, a leading women’s network in the Middle East and North Africa that aims to end violence against women and girls and to ensure that women can participate in decisions that affect them.

At this summit she is coordinating, along with Obiagueli Ezekwesili, the working group named Economic, Technological and Digital Empowerment.

(Translated by Alba González Pascual, Student trainee, Universidad de Alcalá de Henares)


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