Who is Aya?

Ms. Aya Chebbi, a multi award-winning Pan-African feminist. She rose to prominence as a voice for democracy and shot to global fame as a political blogger during 2010/2011 Tunisia’s Revolution. She received the 2019 Gates Foundation Campaign Award and was named in Forbes’ Africa’s 50 Most Powerful Women and New African Magazine List of 100 Most Influential Africans.
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Aya Chebbi
receives 2019 Campaigner
Award by Gates Foundation


July 11, 2019
Portrait d'Aya Chebbi, émissaire de l'UA pour la jeunesse
Growing up in a conservative family in Tunisia, Aya Chebbi was first noticed because of her political
May 8, 2019
Africa .. What place for youth?
France 24 is a French public broadcast service
September 3, 2020
How the African Union is advancing women’s economic & financial inclusion
In a time where the world is facing immense health, economic and social crisis due to coronavirus,


  • Aya, as a young woman, is an absolute inspiration to us Director-General of the World Trade Organisation
    Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
  • knowing how inspired, encouraged, comforted we are by the work you carry out, your stamina and drive! Merci Aya Former Governor General of Canada
    H.E. Michaëlle Jean
  • Aya Chebbi has really stepped up for leadership globally and her work is very hard, it's very imaginative, and the legions of young people and older people like myself who look to Aya for the direction that for example UNFPA will take Executive Director of UNFPA
    Dr. Natalia Kanem
  • I’ve known Aya for quite some time, I’ve heard her passionate advocacy for youth’s voices, her thoughts on climate change and Pan-africanism former President of Ireland
    Mary Robinson
  • A leading voice for young people in Africa, she is encouraging others to mobilise for peace and social justice
    The Guardian
  • Aya Chebbi was already a popular youth activist, feminist and blogger. She caught the world’s attention for her uncompromising peaceful activism and involvement in the Tunisian revolution, which changed the political discourse of that country
    New African Magazine
  • As the youngest diplomat in the African Union Commission Chairperson’s cabinet, Aya Chebbi is galvanizing the collective power of the youth in Africa
    Forbes Africa
  • A decade after risking her safety in the pursuit of democracy and human dignity in Tunisia, Aya Chebbi is a global advocate fighting for youth empowerment, gender equity and human rights. She has continuously worked to grow the Pan-African movement and intergenerational dialogue to advance inclusion, peace and prosperity across the continent
    The George W. Bush Presidential Foundation
  • Aya Chebbi is an inspirational young activist that has been a trail blazer on what youth and female leadership can look like
    Global Citizen
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