Creating platforms for women and youth to be heard

Meet Aya Chebbi, Pan-African feminist activist creating platforms for women and youth to be heard When asked about her vision for a world where gender equality is a reality, Aya

My Experience with Y-PHEM

by: Maroi Ech-Charkaouy On the 16th of August 2017, I received an email from Aya Chebbi, whom I admired her work and activism for quite some time, stating that I

Aya Chebbi says Tunisia protests are “spontaneous”

 TRT World spoke to Tunis-based blogger and activist Aya Chebbi who said the protests are "organic and spontaneous" and that arresting demonstrators may not solve the problem.

Trust: The Fight to Win It Back

7,000 young Tunisians have joined Daesh1 in Syria, constituting the largest foreign fighters’ group to date (The Soufan Group, 2015). My 22-year-old cousin could have been among them. He explained that

How To Challenge The Power Of Middle-Aged Men

How do younger generations go about challenging the power centres of middle-aged men? Through active citizenship, international activist Aya Chebbi suggests. Last year, the list of the 100 most influential

How can we use our voice more effectively?

Take young people as an example. Last year I researched youth radicalisation, carrying out a comparative study between Al-Shabaab’s recruitment in Kenya and Daesh’s recruitment in Tunisia. My most importanisation narrative

Y-PHEM Spotlight

Want to be valued, supported and heard? Do you need a confidence booster? Maybe interested in blogging, human rights, women’s rights, peace-building, youth, and gender advocacy or perhaps don’t know your cause yet? Looking for educational advice and life lessons?

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Y-PHEM 2017 Class Testimonials

Look up 2017 Mentees Profiles here


  • My experience with Y-Phem was amazing! I would highly recommend it to everyone. It was the kind of support I needed exactly at this time of my life. I might not know where I want to be yet but I know that I’m on my way. This journey with Y-Phem program helped me to find that way. So grateful.
    Basma Yahya
  • It is often said that if you want to be the best, you have to learn from the best. I got to a stage in life where I wanted to do so many things, with no idea where to start from.

    The past few months has given me the opportunity to reevaluate my life goals, ask myself some tough questions I’ve never had time to ask and start putting real plans in place to achieve my life goals. In the end, I have come out more confident, well-organized and energized about the future than before.

    This is an opportunity everyone must endeavor to grab. I am most grateful to Aya for taking me through this moment of self-discovery, and for taking me a step closer to my dreams.

    Richard Kweitsu
    Ghana - UK
  • I came across it when Aya posted it on her page, and when I read the description of the program...

    I felt like I needed this program because I was in a bad space; I just graduated recently, was not sure of what to do next, and was feeling down because of all of the stress that I endured throughout my studies, and so on and on. So I applied and got accepted...

    I wanted to gain a lot from the program, by that I mean I had the chance to be mentored by an amazing activist and leader, all I needed was to focus and work on myself in order to benefit from the mentorship...

    If it wasn’t for this program I would have still being lazy, depressed and lacking energy, now I am an energetic active person who is full of determination.

    Maroi Ech-Charkaouy
  • I had the urge of continuously developing myself, Y-PHEM offered that opportunity and much more, despite the fact that it came in a very busy phase in my life, I wanted to do so many things and I did not know from where to start, so I thought the Mentoring program would help.

    We had to complete some assignments on time which was challenging when it comes to time-management, but very rewarding from development perspective. In a world where outwardly every piece of information can be Googled, there is still some knowledge that can only be gained through experience and integration.

    Y-PHEM brought us to work side by side with decision makers, chairwoman/chairmen and organizations delegates to discuss and solve major youth/society issues.

    I encourage everyone to apply for the Program because there’s a lot to learn from Aya and AYM, it was a life-changing experience, Y-PHEM2017 was definitely a success.
    Ahmedaeie Belgouthi
  • I wanted to make some changes in my life and to get out of my comfort zone so I decided to enroll in Aya’s program. This mentorship allowed me to reflect on myself and to widen my perspective through the monthly assignments we had to fill.

    It also gave me the opportunity to meet inspiring African activists during African Union Commission Consultation, Aya nominated me for. Interacting with Aya was very informative.

    She is a role model and a great leader. She doesn’t give you ready answers but she pushes you to find your own voice and to shape your own path by giving valuable advice and feedback.

    During this couple of months, I realized that my voice matters and that my contribution is needed. As a result, my vision of how I can make a difference has become more clear and I feel more empowered

    Arij Hamouda
  • The biggest benefit of the mentorship for me was connecting with Aya Chebbi as I have been and still a fan of her work and her accomplishment. Aya is very down to earth, humble and funny. I loved how she made me feel comfortable and I could say anything to her.

    The African Union conference, Aya nominated me to attend, was an eye-opening experience, meeting people from across Africa. I used to stereotype African people (like most Tunisians) until I realized I'm one of them and that I'm African too. We had so much in common and I enjoyed hearing their stories and sharing mine.

    Feriel Arbi

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Aya Chebbi, an award-winning Pan-African feminist activist and renowned blogger. She is the founder and chair of Afrika Youth Movement, building one of Africa’s largest movements taking the agenda of African youth from the margins of society into the centre of regional and international discourse. More