Marwa Azelmat – Women Deliver

Apply for the Emerging Leaders for Change Program East Africa Cohort!

Apply Today

Marwa Azelmat

  • Age: 28
  •    |   She/her/hers


Country of Origin:

Country of Residence:

Expertise Areas:

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 is a digital rights expert with a millennial twist supporting intergovernmental organisations, philantropies and communities understand how technology impacts social behaviour and change whereby Marwa is extensively exploring the gender, wellbeing and information nexus. In 2020, Marwa’s work was featured in the AU-UN book as one of the 20 most outstanding contributions in the women, peace and security field.

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.

Languages Spoken:

  • Arabic (Advanced/Native)
  • English (Advanced/Native)
  • French (Advanced/Native)

Speaks On:

  • Accelerating process on SRHR through digital technologies
  • Pan African conversation on comprehensive health services: is meaningful connectivity a panacea?

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