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Together, we can create a safer world for girls and women.
- Nourhan El-Nagdy
Nourhan El-Nagdy was born and raised in Egypt. She received a Master of Business Administration from Willamette University in 2017. Nourhan currently works as Donor Communication Officer at WHO in Afghanistan. She used to work as a Communications Associate for UN Women – Regional Office for the Arab States where she provided support to communications and advocacy outreach activities for the Bahrain Global Award for the Empowerment of Women, developed communications and advocacy materials, managed social media and the website, provided media relations support, and facilitated knowledge management and sharing.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
Being from a developing country with so many profound issues such as violence against girls and women, female genital mutilation, child marriage, and female illiteracy, made me a huge advocate for the fundamental human rights and freedoms of girls and women. We know that political commitments are not enough and gender inequality has a negative impact not only on girls and women, but on all people socially, economically, and politically. By advocating for gender equality, I believe we can send out a strong message that women deserve the same rights, freedoms, and choices as men.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
Through my work at UN Women, my colleagues and I were able to spread the word about the UN Women campaign Generation Equality in the Arab States. We were able to engage youth leaders and gender equality advocates in the campaign. The Generation Equality campaign demands equal pay, equal sharing of unpaid care and domestic work, an end to sexual harassment and all forms of violence against women and girls, healthcare services that respond to their needs, and their equal participation in political life and decision making in all areas of life.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
Traveling, learning about other cultures, and reading.
- Arabic (Advanced/Native)
- English (Advanced/Native)
- FGM in the Arab States
- early marriage
- gender pay gap
Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:
- I Know Gender: An Introduction to Gender Equality for UN Staff Certificate
- UN Human Rights Responsibilities Certificate
- UN Course on Prevention of Harassment, Sexual Harassment, and Abuse of Authority
- UN Course on Fraud and Corruption Awareness and Prevention, Ethics, and Integrity at the United Nations
- Member of International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma (2017)
- Member of National Honorary Society Pi Alpha Alpha (2017)