- Age: 25
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The world can never reach full progress if more than half of its population is being held back. It is time to put aside everything that separates us and focus on what unites us all, being humans. Only then will we be really able to change the world.
- Shaimaa Adel
Shaimaa Adel was born and raised in Egypt. She is currently working toward a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at The University of Alexandria. Shaimma is a Program Coordinator on GBV at International Federation of Medical Students Associations, Head of the Organizing Committee of Alexandria’s Students’ Scientific Association 50th Anniversary Celebration, and Head of the Stigma and Discrimination Committee in SIBA with The MENA Touth Network on HIV and SRHR.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
Growing up in a society that continuously tries to stifle the voices of women and girls, denies their rights, and sees them fit for nothing but marriage and reproduction made me vow to always fight for equality. I fight for every girl who suffers from GBV, who is forced to marry early, who is prevented from education. I fight so that every girl can reach her full potential and because I believe that we can and we will change the world.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
As the National Coordinator of the Anti-FGM Project in IFMSA Egypt, I attended the governmental meetings concerned with the national strategy for eliminating FGM and our advocacy efforts led to adopting our suggestion of adding anti-FGM material in all the medical schools' curricula around Egypt into the executive plan of the strategy currently being implemented.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
Reading, socializing, and learning German.
- Arabic (Advanced/Native)
- English (Advanced/Native)
- French (Elementary)
- German (Elementary)