- Age: 26
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Young people have transcended their age brackets and written new aspects of history. They have invaded all public spheres from physical to virtual and fought for their right to a better life. It is about time for world leaders to nurture this untapped potential through actions and accountability.
- Marwa Azelmat
Marwa Azelmat was born and raised in Morocco. She received a Master of International Human Rights Law from the Global Campus for Human Rights in 2019. As Policy Advocacy Coordinator at Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Marwa is responsible for incorporating information and communications technology into APC’s policy and advocacy strategies and coordinating with feminist movements and other constituencies to champion feminist internet towards social justice and environmental sustainability. Additionally, Marwa is a Young Expert on Technology for Health at Plan International Canada and Vice Chair at the Youth Anti-Slavery Movement.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
Everyone, regardless of their gender, deserves to live a life wherein they reach their full potential unapologetically and fearlessly.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
My advocacy journey has been captured in the UN-AU Commemorative Book on UNSCR 1325, titled “20 Years 20 Stories” as one of 20 African women who have made an outstanding contribution in their fields to the broader Women, Peace, and Security agenda. This does not only reaffirm women's role in peace and security in Africa but also calls for greater considerations of technology and cyber-security in peace discourses.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
Jogging, meditating to clear my mind and unplug, and journaling.
- Arabic (Advanced/Native)
- English (Advanced/Native)
- French (Advanced/Native)
- building a feminist internet
- nexus between information and communication technologies and peace and security
- data governance
Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:
- UNCTAD Online Training on Gender and Trade
- OSCE/UNIDO Peace & Security Training, Plan International Canada Young Expert in Technology for Health
- AU-UN 20 African Women in Peace & Security
- UN Women Gender Innovation Agora
- UNAOC Young MENA Peace-builder
- Internet Governance Youth Fellow