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Aya Chebbi on the power of youth-led movements and being the first African Union Special Envoy on Youth

Aya Chebbi is a multi award-winning Pan-African feminist. She rose to prominence as a voice for democracy and shot to global fame as a political blogger during 2010/2011 Tunisia’s Revolution. She received the 2019 Gates Foundation Campaign Award and was named in Forbes’ Africa’s 50 Most Powerful Women and New African Magazine List of 100 Most Influential …

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Aya Chebbi: “We no longer want youth to be invited to closing ceremonies but to be co-creators of the policies that shape their lives.”

Aya Chebbi is a multi award-winning Pan-African feminist. She served as the first ever African Union Special Envoy on Youth and the youngest diplomat at the African Union Commission Chairperson’s Cabinet. Over the span of the past decade, she has single-handedly transformed the youth participation space across Africa and created various online and offline platforms with a …

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Heads of State, leaders and activists take bold action to accelerate gender equality and address the consequences of Covid-19 for women and girls

Generation Equality Forum to drive major policy reforms and generate over USD 40 billion in new investments Paris, 30 June 2021 — Heads of State and Government, heads of international organizations, activists from civil society and youth-led organizations, philanthropists and CEOs of private sector companies gathered today for the opening of the Generation Equality Forum held …

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This new online tool aims to bridge the gender gap between people and governments

The Generation Equality Forum, a series of global gatherings to celebrate the progress achieved in gender equality, is currently ongoing in Paris. Meanwhile, a new online tool aims to bridge the gap between people and governments on ambitious gender equality action by 2030. The tool helps to forecast progress on gender equality or the lack …

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Aya Chebbi (second from left) on stage during the opening session of the Generation Equality Forum, held in Paris, France on June 30, 2021. (U.N. Women / Fabrice Gentile)

Generation Equality: Equal Leadership and Equitable Funding?

“We need to do something differently this time. We need to use this historic moment to do something differently. And my generation is calling for a new approach to leadership, intergenerational co-leadership because we cannot inherit systems we didn’t co-design…“ —Aya Chebbi, first-ever African Union special envoy on youth and youngest diplomat Over the course …

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How Will This Pan-African Feminist Collective Empower African Women?

Aya Chebbi is at the forefront of mapping out a new future for women in Africa. At 33 years old, the Tunisian diplomat is the first ever African Union (AU) youth envoy (she was appointed in 2018), has a degree in International Relations and was the youngest appointee at the AU during her two-year term. …

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Feminists Claiming Civic Space

In 2011, the world felt inspired by the power of the Tunisian people that toppled its decades-long authoritarian regime and sparked a wave of citizen action throughout the region and the world. The international community then noticed the presence of women at the forefront of these movements, challenging the widespread preconception of a region devoid …

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We need to stop talking about gender equality and start funding it instead

Ten years ago, young women like myself took to the streets and changed the course of history in what you might know as ‘the Arab Spring’. However, that’s a Western narrative. We call it the “Revolution of Dignity” because we protested for ‘Jobs, Freedom and Dignity.’ It has always been a revolution for economic justice led by …

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Introducing Nala Feminist Collective: African Women and The 10 Demands, including ending female genital cutting

African women continue to struggle to find the right spaces to speak and share the realities of our generation. We do not lack bravery or confidence, but advocacy spaces that would engage our stories with kindness and actual solutions. Our feminist ancestors have taught us that what brings us together is our Pan-African solidarity. As …

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10 Critical demands to unleash Young African Women’s creativity

We are Anti-Romanticizing creativity and Innovation Africa doesn’t lack innovation or creativity. African women have proved it. Creativity for survival, creativity in advocacy and resistance. Women as active producers for liberatory possibilities have not gone unnoticed. Yet, what underpins the creative and innovative endeavors are deep inequalities, hierarchies of differences and politics of exclusion. Young …

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