Alaa Murabit

Founder of The Voice of Libyan Women

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Alaa Murabit (Arabic: آلاء المرابط‎; born 26 October 1989) is a Libyan, Canadian physician, Meritorious Service Cross recipient, one of 17 Global Sustainable Development Goals Advocates appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, and a UN High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment and Economic Growth. In 2019 Murabit was selected as one of the Top 20 of the World’s 100 Most Influential People in Gender Policy alongside Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Melinda Gates and Michelle Obama. The co-founder of The Omnis Institute, an independent non-profit organization that aims to work on critical global issues through the empowerment of emerging local leaders, and executive director of Phase Minus 1, a consulting firm focussing on conflict resolution and what Donald Steinberg calls “inclusive security”. Alaa previously founded and spearheaded Voice of Libyan Women at the age of 21.Her TED Talk, released in July 2015, “What my religion really says about women” has been viewed over five million times on and YouTube combined, was selected as the TED Talk of the Day and one of four moving TED Talks you should watch right now by The New York Times. and one of 12 TED Talks That Define the Future of Feminism She is a Forbes 30 Under 30, one of Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Women, and the 2018 Nelson Mandela International Changemaker. Her leadership in global policy and security was recognized by Harvard Law who named her the youngest 2017 Woman Inspiring Change. In 2018 she was recognized as one of 100 Canadian Women of Impact, SheKnows Media BlogHer Voice of the Year, and an Aspen Institute Spotlight Scholar. She has previously been named the Marisa Bellisario International Humanitarian by the Italian Government, the 2014 International TrustWomen Hero by The New York Times, one of 25 women under 25 to watch by Newsweek, a 100 Top Woman by the BBC and the SAFE Global Hero.
Murabit received her Medical Doctorate in from Al Zawiya University in 2013. She went on to receive a Masters in International Strategy and Diplomacy with Distinction from the London School of Economics in 2016.


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