Alaa Murabit

Founder of The Voice of Libyan Women

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Alaa Murabit (born 1989) is a 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 2016 she founded a global Mentorship Programme for emerging leaders and co-founded The Omnis Institute, an independent non-profit organization committed to challenging critical global issues through the empowerment of emerging local leaders, and became the executive director of Phase Minus 1, which provides thought leadership in conflict resolution and 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 four million times, 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 .
At the age of 15 Alaa completed high school and moved from Saskatoon, Canada to Zawia, Libya, where she enrolled in medical school and founded Voice of Libyan Women at the age of 21. With a strong focus on challenging societal and cultural norms and utilizing traditional and historical role models, Murabit champions women’s participation in peace processes and conflict mediation. An international expert in international security, peacebuilding, sustainable development, leadership, global health policy and negotiation, her policies and programs are replicated internationally.
An MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow, Ashoka fellow, and International Deliver For Good Influencer, Alaa serves as a board member for The Malala Fund, International Alert, Malaria No More UK, and Women’s March Global. In 2017, Murabit was named a member of the Helena Group, an “elite and edgy” think tank of global leaders focused on executing projects that improve the world.
Murabit is invited to speak globally. 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 the University of Zawiya in 2013. She went on to receive a Masters in International Strategy and Diplomacy with Distinction from the LSE in 2016 with research focused on inclusive security and securitization processes.


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