By The Flying Dutchman,
August 25th, 2017
[aesop_content color=”#000000″ background=”#fefcff” component_width=”600px” columns=”1″ position=”none” imgrepeat=”no-repeat” floaterposition=”left” floaterdirection=”up” revealfx=”off”]Alaa Murabit is a Libyan-Canadian physician and leading international advocate for inclusive peace processes. Nicknamed “Doogie Howser” by Jon Stewart, Alaa Murabit is an UN High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment and Economic Growth and one of only 17 Sustainable Development Goal Global Advocates appointed by the UN Secretary General.
At the age of 15 Alaa completed high school and moved from Saskatoon, Canada to Zawiya, Libya. It was there that she enrolled in medical school and founded The 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 Sustainable Development, peacebuilding,
International Security, leadership, global health policy and negotiation her policies and programs are replicated internationally.
Murabit is also an Ashoka fellow, and the youngest recipient of the Marisa Bellisario International Humanitarian Award by the Italian Government. Murabit was named the “International Trust Women Hero 2014” 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’s TED Talk, released in July 2015, “What my religion really says about women” 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.
[aesop_content color=”#000000″ background=”#fefcff” component_width=”600px” columns=”1″ position=”none” imgrepeat=”no-repeat” floaterposition=”left” floaterdirection=”up” revealfx=”off”]On September the 4th, Alaa Murabit will visit United World College Maastricht. The college community is thrilled to welcome such an inspiring speaker, and perhaps they can show her a bit of the very beauty that is our Movement.