- Age: 21
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Nojus Saad was born and raised in Iraq. He is the Diana Award winning sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) activist with 6 years of extensive educational, research, and advocacy experience in gender equality, healthcare, and digital inclusion.
He is leading a unique international civil society organization (Youth For Women Foundation) that is dedicated to advocating for national policy reforms, conducting community research initiatives, and empowering thousands of youth and women for gender equality, digital rights, and the health and rights of girls and women in marginalized and rural communities worldwide.
Besides serving as the Vice Chair of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) at the World Health Organization, Nojus is the youth ambassador of the United Nations Global Internet Governance Forum (IGF) at IGF Secretariat and the Internet Society, a senior ICANN73 fellow leader at ICANN, a regional youth ambassador of the International Telecommunications Union, an ILGA World Scholar, a business leader, a former ambassador of the German Informatics Society to European Policy Makers, and a former relationships manager at Golistan Humanitarian Organization.
He is a student leader at the Clinton Global Initiative University and Howard University, and is currently pursuing the Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery in an accredited Medical University.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
The fact that I live in a place where traditions and religion allow men to have a dominating force over women and to have the audacity to restrict their freedom of choice and autonomy. And considering the physical and mental violations of women that I have witnessed myself and even have been surrounded by. And being aware of the struggles that LGBTQ teens have to go through in homophobic environments. These all are the basis of my extreme devotion to gender equality advocacy.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
The enormous victory in my gender equality advocacy is primarily being a part of the medical profession, as I can be more impactful in the healthcare of women. Also, my examples of defending women, efforts to reach global organizations to help boost equality in my environment, and counseling female patients with chronic diseases are all other accomplishments that make me proud.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
Music, singing, movies, acting, online browsing and research, traveling, meeting new people, new experiences, volunteerism, social media networks, workshops, trainings, and self advancement.
- Arabic (Advanced/Native)
- English (Advanced/Native)
- Kurdish (Advanced/Native)
- disease awareness, prevention, and self-management
- LGBTQ+ mental health in homophobic environments
- living in conflict regions
Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:
- Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange Badge recipient (Youth, Peace, and Security)
- Certificate from Global Changemakers Virtual Summit 2020
- Commonwealth100 Open Source Leader 2020 by Common Purpose
- Surgical procedure trainings
- Recognition for earning 100% in the courses of English, Mathematics, and Physics on the exit examination and for earning a GPA of 96%