Chouaib El Hajjaji
- Age: 28
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We are all entitled to have a seat at the table. Gender equality must be regarded as a fundamental human right, a critical component, and a massive driving force to achieve sustainable and inclusive development.
- Chouaib El Hajjaji
Chouaib El Hajjaji was born and raised in Tunisia. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration from The American University in North Africa in 2020. Chouaib is currently a consultant with various corporations and nongovernmental organizations. As a Cross-Cultural Dialogue and Interfaith Dialogue Project Manager and Vice President at Attalaki, Chouaib assists the president, organizes and plans events, represents the NGO at conferences, establishes partnerships with educational institutions and other NGOs, and participates in international campaigns like the UN Women HeForShe campaign.
Additionally, he volunteered at Amnesty International on digital campaigns, was a Teaching Assistant at The American University, was an AIESEC international volunteer, In addition, he is a researcher, a fellow and contributing writer with different platforms and thinktanks on intersectional feminism, racism, cross-sector solutions, and LGBTQIA+ rights, and a campaigner and volunteer with Ihssan, an NGO for social justice and combating poverty in local communities.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
I grew up in a family from the deep south of Tunisia with rigid and strict gender norms that dominated our lives. The collective experiences of women in my family have inspired me to advocate for gender equality and the health and rights of girls and women.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
My involvement in the documentation of the gender equality movement in Tunisia, conducting research, and having a critical approach in dealing with the lack of intersectionality. Those articles and researches pushed for policy changes through the passing of the anti-racial discrimination law and NGOs starting to include non-binary individuals in the workplace. As an HR manager, I led "Innovation in Management and Inclusion" by creating a workplace policy and nondiscrimination and affirmative action protocol, the first to be enacted in a Tunisian start-up.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
I enjoy reading books, writing poetry, painting, and meditating.
- Arabic (Advanced/Native)
- English (Advanced/Native)
- French (Intermediate)
- German (Elementary)
- intersectionality in the gender equality movement
- introduction and implementation of policies for minority rights, inclusion, and equality
- gender-responsive education
Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:
- Future News Worldwide Fellowship from the British Council
- Thomson Foundation's Journalism Now Fellow and Top Finalist (2019)
- Director-General Secretary at North Africa International Model United Nations (2015-2016)
- Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship from the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan
- Training program with UN Women on gender equality in preparation to launch the HeForShe campaign
- Training program with Open Democracy on Social Justice and Human Rights Journalism
- Thomson Foundation online program