Alaa Murabit’s TED Talk “What my religion really says about women” was one of four “moving TED Talks to watch right now” by New York Times.

At the age of 15 Alaa completed high school and moved from Saskatoon, Canada to Libya, where she completed medical school and driven by her desire to create inclusive processes and institutions, founded VLW in 2011 at the age of 21. With a strong focus on challenging societal and cultural norms and utilising traditional and historical role models, Alaa champions women’s participation in peace processes and conflict mediation. Her programs, such as the groundbreaking “Noor Campaign” have been replicated internationally.

She is an UN High-Level Commissioner for Health Employment and Economic Growth, one of only 17 Sustainable Development Goal Global Advocates appointed by the UN Secretary General and a MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow. She was recently named a 2017 “Forbes 30 Under 30” for her work in global health policy.

Nicknamed “The Libyan Doogie Howser” by Jon Stewart and applauded for her innovative and inclusive approach to security, Alaa is a champion for inclusive peace processes, and acts as advisor to numerous international security boards, governments and organisations, serving as aboard trustee for International Alert and Keeping Children Safe.

An Ashoka Fellow, Alaa is the youngest Marisa Bellisario International Humanitarian Award recipient, New York Times “International TrustWomen Hero 2014”, Newsweek’s “25 under 25 to watch”, a BBC “100 Top Woman” and SAFE Global Hero.

Alaa received her medical degree from the University of Zawia, she went on to receive a Masters in International Strategy and Diplomacy with Distinction from the London School of Economics.

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