Rise of a Tunisian Activist – Podcast
When protests in Tunisia sparked revolution across the region and in the Middle East, Aya Chebbi found her political voice.
Interview at TRT The World
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.
Podcast with International Republic Institute Global
Global Civil Society Exchange 30th November 2016 Johannesburg, South Africa
The first ever Global Exchange meeting was held on the 30th November 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa at CIVICUS House. It provided the opportunity for CIVICUS to work closely with one of their core networks, AGNA (Affinity Group for National Associations).
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 Africans had her name on it. We met in her Copenhagen in November for a chat.
Host: Pola Rojan Bagger
Aya’s determination to mobilize women and youth has brought her to many parts of the world. It even brought her to Statesboro, Georgia as a part of the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program. While there, she worried about the challenges she’d face in such a conservative area of the American South. Even with the cards stacked against her, she inspired many in the small town to become more informed about other parts of the world. MORE
Africa’s youth underrepresented in public service – Afrika Youth Movement
Podcast with Queen Things
Gloria asks our Kings about supporting their Queens when changing the world and they has quite a bit to say. Powerful Pan-African feminist Aya Chebbi drops by the Throne room to break down the progression of the continent in relation to the world and how Queens everywhere can keep revolutionizing.
Rama Salla Dieng discusses ‘Youth & Governance in Africa’ with Aya Chebbi from Tunisia (Africa Youth Movement) and Hilina Berhanu from Ethiopia (Young African Leaders Initiative), and both 2015 Mo Ibrahim Governance and Development in Africa Masters Scholars at SOAS, University of London
Aya Chebbi est une activiste féministe et bloggeuse panafricaine primée. En reconnaissance de ses réalisations, Aya a été nommée l’une des Jeunes femmes leaders les plus émérites d’Afrique de l’année 2013 (Africa’s most Outstanding Young Women) et Jeune talent (Young Achiever) 2015 par le magazine Forbes. Aya est la co-fondatrice de Coexistence with Alternative Language and Action Movement (CALAM, Mouvement de coexistence de langues et actions alternatives). Elle s’est entretenue avec l’AWID à propos de la situation des droits des femmes en Tunisie suite aux mouvements de « révolutions pour la dignité. – AWID
30 days of beauty
Aya tells us about her view of beauty and how she perceives the beauty image in her country.
Radio France Internationale
In Tunisia, a court dismissed the case against activist blogger Azyz Amami (#FreeAzyz). He faced trial on May 23rd for possession and use of marijuana. When the judge had asked Amami if he was accusing the police of planting the drugs on him, he responded: “Yes, sir”. Azyz Amami was arrested on May 12th along with photographer Sabri Ben Mlouka at la Goulette beach near Tunis. 31 year old Azyz Amami has been blogging about state abuse since 2008 and has been very active during the 2011 uprising Aya Chebbi – @aya_chebbi – is a Tunisian blogger and activist. She says that abuses continue under the interim government. Aya Chebbi told RFI’s Zeenat Hansrod – @zxnt – that the arrest of Azyz Amami was politically motivated and that there are many more like him in Tunisian jail cells
Global Media Forum 2014
See what happens, when we brought together 2 random participants of the Global Media Forum to interview each other on topics of digital transformation. They didn’t know each other before, neither the questions.
Mein Blog, Proudly Tunisian“ gibt mir die Möglichkeit, meine Meinung zu politischen, sozialen und kulturellen Themen auszudrücken. Daneben dokumentiere ich Themen, die die Medien ignoriert haben oder über die falsch berichtet wurde. Mein Blog nutze ich also vor allem auch, um Kritik zu üben. Ich habe begonnen, über Tunesien zu schreiben, für das mein Herz schlägt, doch in der Zwischenzeit schreibe ich auch über Themen und Probleme in der MENA-Region und in Afrika sowie über Orte, die ich besucht habe – mit besonderem Bezug auf Frauen- und Jugendrechte, soziale Bewegungen und internationale Beziehungen. by DIE TRENDBLOGGER
The Poetic Portraits of a Revolution project (PPR) has sent nationally-renowned spoken-word poets and youth educators Kane Smego and Will McInerney, along with project translator and interpreter Mohammad Moussa and professional photographer and videographer Sameer Abdel-khalek to the streets and communities of Egypt and Tunisia.
A touching littte statement from little Aya Chebbi. Tracy Chapman’s tune, ‘Talking About a Revolution’ can be considered a cliche, which is what I first thought when she mentioned it to me, but throughout this project if one can justify the music to the interpretation of that song, and in a fluent and persuasive way, then its valid.
SABC News – South African Radio
Tunisian blogger, Women’s and Peace activist Aya Chebbi highlights that protests are no longer restricted to her region where there is a dictatorship but they are also evident in democratic regimes. She adds that although other people have doubts about the effectiveness of protesting, activists are still of the view that it is as an essential form of mobilisation.
Chebbi says that civic organisations are aware of the implications of protests and are constantly in consultation with human rights lawyers to ensure that the rights of those that participate are not violated. Listen at SABC NEWS
Book; Education, Learning and the Transformation of Development, edited by Amy Skinner, Matt Baillie Smith, Eleanor Brown, Tobias Troll
“We have reached a time where someone can be jailed for his or her Facebook status,” Aya Chebbi, a Tunisian activist, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. – The Daily Star
“In the past few months we’ve seen a tightening of freedom by the government, so we’re worried about whether these 15 youth activists are actually going to receive a fair trial,” said Muleya Mwananyanda, Amnesty International’s deputy director for Southern Africa. The organization does not operate in Angola due to government restrictions. “Our major call is really for them to be released unconditionally.” – Vice News
Tunisia’s democratic evolution over the past four years has been flanked by the rise of jihadist formations, which in 2015 culminated in the terrorist attacks at Tunis’ Bardo museum on 18 March and on the beach of Sousse on 26 June. The attacks have raised many questions about how radical jihadist ideology has been able to grow in a country hailed as the Arab world’s only true democracy. What has enabled these groups to gain ground? – FRIDE
Women from different parts of the world face some similar challenges despite their differences. Women experience high rate of violence, sexism, inequality and discrimination and their voices are not being heard. This platform encourages women to tell their story (particularly to mainstream media) and to tell it their own way.
Blogger and youth activist Aya Chebbi doesn’t want to give the socioeconomic factor too much weight. Her cousin, a young, non-religious student from a middle-class family, became radicalized too. “It all went so fast,” she explains, saying that it took him just three months to decide that he was leaving for Syria. “He started to go to the mosque and wear Salafist clothing and refused to shake my hand,” Chebbi says. She believes that he, too, was wooed by a recruiter. Luckily, his family stepped in, taking him to their farm to remove him from a dangerous environment. He never ended up going to Syria.- Foreign Policy
But human rights activists disagree. “We cannot move on without holding people accountable for what they did,” 27-year-old activist and blogger Aya Chebbi told Al Jazeera.
Chebbi says that while her fears of the police have now subsided, her anger at those who ordered the violence against protesters during the 2011 revolution – and the years that followed – still persists. – Al- Jazeera
This Independent Commission was formed as a result of harassment and sexual abuse by Oxfam staff in several countries, including Chad and Haiti, and how Oxfam handled the facts at the time.
Aya Chebbi, Brian Turyabagye, and Mohammed Ibrahim have broken new ground, they are courageous and determined. These three phenomenal beings will be sharing their experiences and journey at the AYNS but below take a closer look at the great work they have been doing across the African continent.
Growing up in a conservative family in Tunisia, Aya Chebbi was first noticed because of her political blogs during protests that eventually led to the ousting of Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011.
Africa is a young continent because a large population of its people are youth. The future of the continent lies on the power of the youth hence the youth must be prepared for this task. Aya Chebbi is a name shaking up the activism scene in Africa. She is the founder of Afrika Youth Movement, one of Africa’s largest pan-African youth movements.
Since creating her blogs – which were published at OpenDemocracy, Al-Jazeera, and Foresight Africa – Chebbi has travelled across the African continent to support and train thousands of social movement leaders and activists on mobilization, blogging, leadership and non-violence.
Qui est Aya Chebbi, la Tunisienne nominée pour être l’Envoyée du Secrétaire-Général de l’ONU pour la jeunesse?
Une pétition a été lancée en ligne afin de soutenir la candidature de l’activiste tunisienne Aya Chebbi au poste d’Envoyée du Secrétaire-Générale de l’ONU pour la jeunesse.
Adressée à l’attention d’Antonio Guterres, le Secrétaire-Général des Nations-Unies, la pétition se veut plus être dans l’esprit d’une lettre d’appui ou de soutien.
تخوض الشابة التونسية آية الشابي، وهي باحثة في الشؤون الإفريقية في جامعة لندن، ومتخصصة في دراسة العلاقة بين الدولة والشباب، معركتها وحيدة من أجل الظفر بمنصب مبعوث الأمم المتحدة لشؤون الشباب.
There are currently two ways the sector talks about young people – as the beneficiaries of “youth development” or as participants of “youth-led development” but a lot of the time it’s not clear whether as a group we’re being portrayed as the problem or the solution. Youth marginalisation now channeling young people’s energy towards violence. Seven thousand young Tunisians have joined Daesh for example, even though 95% of the youth in Tunisia are educated. These are potential doctors, teachers and engineers. Aya Chebbi – The Guardian
Iuemag Magazine: Stimulating lives with the ‘P’s: Patriotism and Peace
“Speaking of challenges, being a woman and in a leadership position is in itself a challenge. There are more people who are not ready to accept women in leadership roles. Being a female activist is the next challenge. There is already a lot of struggle that is involved in fighting for justice and again, being a woman and doing this, is not at all easy. There is still a need for safety and security, especially for someone of my age. Then comes the family – My mother feels that I need to get married, have a stable job and settle with a family. To convince her about the importance of being there for the people was hard as well. – Iuemag Magazine
Aya Chebbi, a Tunisian activist and youth leader spoke during the opening session and implored the NGO members of Bond, “Speak to us, not about us.” This idea continued in the breakout sessions on campaigns and media. The speakers who led these sessions on social media, online activism and the role of global processes repeated this idea that people are not recipients of aid, but they are the agents of their own development if only the development industry would see them as such. – LSE
Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) alumna, Aya Chebbi, has been making news and appearing on top lists of people to watch!
The accolades include: HuffPost Women UK’s list of women working to improve the lives of others (link to story: http://goo.gl/G7saSq) and ArabianBusiness‘ list of the 100 most influential young Arabs in the world (link to story: http://goo.gl/KEF4dO). – US Embassy
Sitting under a breezy tent on the second day of the 2015 World Social Forum, which took place in Tunis from 24 to 28 March, Aya Chebbi shifted in her seat with an animated intensity. The 26-year-old Tunisian activist and blogger was listening to four middle-aged panelists discuss the necessity for NGOs and social movements to listen to marginalised voices to build their goals around people’s real needs. – Middle East Eye
Through her commitment and work, Aya Chebbi personifies the very nature of this year’s Global Media Forum, bringing its theme of “Media and Foreign Policy in the Digital Age” to life. She makes it clear how global policy – both on a large and small scale – must adapt to new forms of communication and to a changing public if it wants to remain credible. “I want to concretely show how powerful it is to take online discussions to offline impact and activism,” says Aya, “not only on a local or national level but also on the regional level.” – Deutsche Welle
Aya Chebbi, an A World at School Global Youth Ambassador from Tunisia, gave a speech at a UN Women event to mark the 20th anniversary of the historic Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing – which led to a blueprint for advancing women’s rights. The event – called Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality – was held on March 10 in New York and included speeches from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and former US secretary of State Hillary Clinton. – TheirWorld
At the helm of pan-African blog, Proudly Tunisian, peace activist Aya Chebbi is rebranding Africa post by post…
Who is the real Aya?
A flame of energy, full of life and curiosity. I’m witty and prone to banter.
What inspires you?
I thrive on new pursuits. I love learning about the world. My father have always been an incredible source of inspiration and support.
Interview with Global Education Magazine
Aya Chebbi: I think my inspiration is my commitment to change the narrative about Tunisia, Africa and the Middle East through people’s stories… to challenge the misrepresentation and misinformation on the mainstream media that eventually shape the incomplete perceptions of others about these regions…to challenge that simply with real stories by offering another definition, logic, image or narrative.. – Global Education Magazine
Given to her significant presence in the field of empowering young people in Africa, Aya Chebbi, the Tunisian founder of the African Youth Movement (AYM), has been invited to the UN annual Commission on the Status of Women in March 2015. The award-winning activist has started to blog on the Tunisian revolution in 2011 to aware the English-speaking world about the major developments in her country. Later on, Aya, who participated in many international trainings and events, has pursued her passion for engaging youth in democratization her community. Therefore, she launched the AYM to reunite African youth across the continent, especially North Africa, with the rest of the continent, beyond colonialism and post-colonialism. – Crossing Borders
I have to say I have a slight girl-crush on Aya Chebbi, a young Tunisian woman of great courage and audacity. After seeing a clip of her speech at this years UN Women’s event ‘Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality’, I thought to myself ‘this is what the world needs more of’. As a young woman growing up in today’s world I am constantly being told that my generation is the one that is going to have to fix everything, deal with the effects of global warming and try to make sure we don’t all kill each other in the process! So when I see Aya stand up and tell her story, along with other young women like Malala Yousafzai and Emma Watson, it lights a fire within me, it makes me think that we have a chance and these are the type of women who will lead us. – Uplift Connect
At UN annual Commission on the Status of Women, younger generation of gender equality activists say they are ready to play active role
Youth delegates such as Momal Mushtaq, a self-described “feminist” from Pakistan who was banned from riding a bicycle back home, and Tunisian women’s advocate Aya Chebbi, who declared that her “bold” generation was already today’s leaders, engaged in a lively dialogue with their senior counterparts on the side lines of the annual Commission on the Status of Women underway at the United Nations. – UN
A Pan-African at heart, Aya Chebbi is a Tunisian blogger and activist. Her enthusiasm for blogging was birthed during the Tunisia 2011 Revolution, when she felt the urge to report events from a “Proudly Tunisian” perspective as opposed to the international journalists who were tainting her country’s narratives to suit the Western media’s interests. Today, the blog she started for the simple purpose of documenting Tunisian realities, has attracted tens of thousands of visitors from around the world. – YouthPost
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Auch andere Projekte des Digital-Camps in Münster arbeiten an der Verbesserung der Bürgergesellschaft. Etwa der Blog der 26-jährigen Tunesierin Aya Chebbi . Dessen Gründerinnen stammen aus drei afrikanischen Ländern. Sie geben Frauen weltweit eine Stimme. „Die klassischen Medien“, kritisiert Chebbi, „berichten stark verkürzt über Frauen.“ Entweder gehe es um Sex, um Mode oder – bei Musliminnen – um den Zwang, Schleier zu tragen. „Frauen nehmen ihre Wirklichkeit häufig ganz anders wahr.“ Und können das im Netz erklären. 35 Korrespondentinnen sammeln die Geschichten. „Auch aus entlegenen Dörfern Gambias“, sagt Chebbi. – German Newspaper
During a panel discussion hosted by Civicus at the University of Witwatersrand last week, Jay Naidoo introduced Aya Chebbi, one of the panellists, as a young Tunisian woman who had experienced the great tumult of the “Arab Spring”. – Daily Mavric
New Story Hub
Aya Chebbi, a young Tunisian leader of great courage and audacity, speaks passionately about rewriting history to make it right for future generations. What we call ‘Arab Spring’, Aya’s generation calls a ‘Revolution of Dignity’.
Her 4-minute speech was given at the UN Women event, 10 March, ‘Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality,’ to mark the 20th anniversary of the historic Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, which led to a blueprint for advancing women’s rights. – New Story Hub
“I come from a part of the world currently recognised to be the most dangerous in the world –the Middle East and North Africa. But, in Tunisia, we have successfully achieved milestones towards democracy and stability. In 2010 we revolted for freedom and dignity. We were the spark of an uprising the world propagated as the Arab Spring. No, it’s not the Arab Spring we call it the Revolution of Dignity.” – Daily Life
Danny was followed by Aya Chebbi, a Pan-African feminist activist and blogger. Aya was involved in the Tunisian revolution, and her key message for the audience was that young people did not need to be given a voice, but they did have to be listened to. She went on to add that NGOs should stop treating young people as a distinct segment of the population; they share the same concerns as older generations, but treating them as a distinct group diminishes the impact they could have on decision making. – Remarkable Languages
Aya Chebbi is at Georgia Southern University as part of the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program. She’s been taking the opportunity to teach students and local groups about her country, Tunisia, her religion, Islam, and all about her heritage and culture. Recently she spoke with one group that had a particular impact on how she sees the U.S., and her hopes for her future. Here’s her story – Voice of America News
What does your experience tell you about being a woman activist/leader in civil society?
I am Tunisian African Muslim Arab woman. Holding this complex identity, as a woman, I think we have been treated unfairly for decades judged by our physical weaknesses which limited our roles as housewives and mothers. However, today women are on the frontline because we’re not submissive to manhood’s patriarchy anymore. As Taher Hadded, a Tunisian scholar and politician, said: “women are half of humanity” – CIVICUS
Q: Do you still have plans to go into politics or are you content to drive change from the sidelines?
A: I know that I will be driving change, whether from the street, the fieldwork or the diplomatic offices, what matters for me is that my work continues to follow my vision and respect my values with integrity. – Youth Hub Africa
The poets we’ve been following this summer are in Tunisia right now. This weekend Will McInerney, Mohammad Moussa, Kane Smego and photographer Sameer Abdel-khalek are travelling from their homebase in Tunis to more rural areas to get a different perspective on the Arab Summer. Before they left, they met a young woman named Ayya. She inspired this latest Poetic Portrait of a Revolution.
It’s hard to describe the energy inside a sunset
Or better yet the feeling of sand as it sits in your hands
I’ve never been able to describe what it’s like to absorb… Listen to the Poem
Aya Chebbi is a 26-year-old Tunisian blogger and activist, whose blog, Proudly Tunisian, translates her passion to serve, inspire and strive for human rights, peace and social justice. She was recently declared one of Africa’s 28 most promising women leaders by the Moremi Initiative’s Leadership Development (MILEAD). Taking On the Giant