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Biography Of Aya Chebbi, An An Award-Winning Pan African Feminist

Biography Of Aya Chebbi


Biography Of Aya Chebbi: is a Pan-African activist and feminist who has received several awards. Headed by H.E Moussa Faki (Chairperson of the African Union Commission), she was designated as the first Special Envoy to Youth on Youth Issues by the African Union in November 2018. She was therefore the youngest diplomat in the chairperson’s cabinet as well as the youngest senior official in the history of the African Union, which was a first for the organization.

Background Information on Aya Chebbi

Biography Of Aya Chebbi: She was born in the Iranian city of Dahmani in 1988. Chebbi graduated with honors from the University of Tunis El Manar with a bachelor’s degree in international relations. She also has a Master’s degree in African Studies from SOAS University of London, which she received with distinction.

In addition, Aya was a Fulbright scholar at Georgia Southern University in 2012, where she studied international relations. Following that, she was awarded a Mo Ibrahim Foundation Scholarship for her MA in African Studies at SOAS, University of London, which she completed in 2015.

Aya has lived and studied in a number of countries, including Tunisia, Kenya, the United States, and the United Kingdom, among others. She is now based in the Tunisian capital of Tunis.


Aya Chebbi’s Professional Life

Biography Of Aya Chebbi: As a political blogger, Chebbi got her start. However, she had her major break during the Tunisian revolution in 2010/2011. She represented democracy in her works, which earned her worldwide acclaim and helped her gain international prominence.

Since then a number of sites, including OpenDemocracy, Al-Jazeera, D+C for Development and Cooperation, and others have published Chebbi’s political blogs at Proudly Tunisian.

Since then, Chebbi has traveled over the African continent, assisting and training thousands of social movement leaders and activists on topics like as mobilization, blogging, leadership, and non-violence, among other things. She has continued to tour the globe as a researcher, mentor, public speaker, and activist, and she has received several awards.

In 2011, during the Libyan revolution, Aya worked at the Bureau de Collaboration Tunisie-Danmark of the Danish Foreign Affairs Ministry on bilateral cooperation in Tunis. In 2012, she worked at the Danish Foreign Affairs Ministry on bilateral cooperation in Tunis. Following that, in 2012, she worked in Tanta for the Carter Center, where she was in charge of monitoring the 2012 Egyptian Presidential Elections.


More information about Aya Chebbi’s professional life

Biography Of Aya Chebbi: The Fourth World Conference on Women, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in Beijing in March 2015, included a youth panel discussion with her. There were around 2000 people in attendance, including celebrities, international leaders, and campaigners.

Aya was also nominated as an envoy of Tunisian youth for the African Union’s 32nd summit in Addis Ababa, which took place in November.

Aya Chebbi was appointed as the first African Union Special Envoy on Youth by H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat (the chairman of the African Union Commission) on November 1, 2018. It is a two-year term in which the spokesperson and champion for the views and interests of African teenagers would serve.

Chebbi collaborates with African Union (AU) institutions, governments, civil society organizations, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), and academics, among other things, to improve the status of youngsters in Africa and beyond. Chebbi started her Youth Envoy assignment by announcing the introduction of the Youth Envoy Action Plan for 2019/2020. Innovative Action, Advocacy, Intergenerational & Policy Action, and Communication Action are the four Models of Action outlined in the strategy.

Her Impact at World Peace Initiative Foundation

Biography Of Aya Chebbi: she is not only an ambassador for youth, but she is also a proponent of world peace. Chebbi is the Programs Director for Africa and the Middle East at the World Peace Initiative Foundation, where he previously served as the Director of Strategic Planning and Development.

Using this foundation, Aya established four projects: the Amani Fellowship, the Amandla Fellowship, the Heya Fellowship for Women, and the MENA Salam Fellowship, where she organized and directed approximately 15 retreats that trained over 300 young people from 40 countries to be peace agents. She is currently working on a fifth project, the Heya Fellowship for Women.

As an additional service to the community, Chebbi has taught mindfulness practice and nonviolent communication to over 5000 individuals in ten countries throughout Africa and the Middle East. Kenya, Tanzania, Morocco, Uganda, Senegal, South Africa, and Jordan are just a few of the nations that fall within this category.

In recognition of her outstanding contributions, she was selected as Executive Director of the Peace Revolution Summit.

Aya Chebbi Initiatives

The Voice of Women Initiative (VOW-I)

The Initiative for Women’s Voices (VOW-I)
VOW-I was created in 2013 by Chebbi and her feminist friends and bloggers Konda Delphine of Cameroon and Rose Wachuka of Kenya. Essentially, the campaign is aimed at empowering women via advocacy and internet access.

In practice, VOW-I prepares reporters in a variety of places throughout the globe to tell the tales of ordinary women achieving remarkable things. Currently, the platform has published around 200 articles, educated 35 reporters, and implemented field initiatives in the areas of health, peace, and women’s safety.

Kenya’s Conscious Transformation

Aya developed this documentary as part of the Africa Inspire Project. The Africa Inspire Project is a collection of short and lengthy films that tell a new and more optimistic message of Africa. She emphasized the importance of youth and women in societal transformation in her film.

Afrika Youth Movement (AYM)

Chebbi launched AYM as a Facebook group in 2012, making it one of the biggest Pan-African youth-led movements. The organization, on the other hand, was founded in 2015. The group’s goal is to move African youth’s agenda from the edges of society to the center of regional and worldwide debate.

AYM aspires to see a continent where all citizens’ rights are respected and where peace, equality, and social justice prevail. The campaign has developed from a 500-member Facebook group to over 10,000 grassroots activists from 40 African nations.


Afresist is a young leadership initiative that chronicles African youth activity. Aya Chebbi established this project in 2011 with the goal of documenting youth movements and social justice efforts throughout the African continent.


This effort is used by Aya to mentor the next generation of change-makers. Y-goals Phem’s are grouped into three categories:

  • Allow mentees to learn and dream, to improve their self-esteem and confidence, and to reconsider their life values and purpose.
  • Support young people, particularly females, in their professional growth and devotion.
  • Improve the academic achievement, educational, social, behavioral, and personal development of the mentee.

Boards where Aya Chebbi Serves

  • Serves on the Board of Directors of CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation Youngest councilor at the World Refugee Council
  • Youngest commissioner at Oxfam Independent Commission on Sexual Misconduct.
  • American Middle Eastern Network for Dialogue at Stanford (AMENDS) Board
  • Serves on the Board of International Steering Group of UNOY Peacebuilders
  • Advisory Committee of FRIDA Young Feminist Fund.

Aya Chebbi’s Publications

  • Euronews: The G7 should deliver progress, not promises, on gender equality.
  • Jeune Afrique: il n’y aura pas de revolution durable sans feminisme
  • Der TagessPiegel: Was wir Afikanerinnen uns vom dem Treffen erhoffen
  • Africa. Com: Don’t you Dare Leave us Behind
  • OGP: Empowering the African Youth through Education
  • CNBC Africa: Op-Ed: World Poverty Day: An opportunity to reimagine the future of African youth
  • All Africa: Africa: World Poverty Day – An Opportunity to Reimagine the Future of African Youth
  • UNIDO, Making it Magazine A Generation Of Change-Makers
  • Daily Maverick Every one of us must act to combat gender-based violence
  • Metro Youth leaders as positive agents of change
  • Addis Standard OP-ED: Assuring Women, Young girls a life free from violence should be everyone’s business.

Accolades and commendations

  • Named one of 25 Africa’s Most Outstanding Young Women Leaders, Moremi Institute, 2013
  • The Huffington Post’s List of Young Women from Around the World, 2016
  • Inspirational Woman of the Year by Women4Africa Awards, 2016
  • Named among 100 Most Influential Young Africans in the World, 2016
  • List of Formidable Women Leading Change, YouthHub Africa, 2016
  • Recipient of 2018 Global Leaders Fellowship for New and Emerging Nonprofit Executives, 2017
  • UNAOC Fellowship of United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, 2017
  • Prestigious Bellagio Policy Fellow Residency Award, The Rockefeller Foundation, 2017
  • Pan-African Humanitarian Award by Pahawards, 2017
  • Apolitical World’s 100 Most Influential Young People in Government, 2018
  • Young Talent of the year Award, UNLEASH Festival, 2018
  • One Young World Ambassador, 2018
  • UN SDG Action Awards Finalist, 2018
  • Selected as one of Top 40 Knowledge Pool candidates at the 47th St. Gallen Symposium
  • Appeared on the Inaugural List of 100 Most Influential African Women, 2019
  • Most Influential People of African Descent in Politics & Governance, 2019
  • Gates Foundation Campaign Award, 2019
  • Appeared on top lists of people to watch; at the Huffington
  • 100 under 40 Most Influential Arabs by ArabianBusiness
  • Most Influential Africans list by African Youth Award





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