Aya Chebbi

Aya Chebbi

African Youth Movement

Aya Chebbi is an award winning Pan-African Tunisian activist and renowned blogger. She is well-known for her activism during Tunisia's Revolution 2010-2011 that overthrew Ben Ali's regime. Her blogs were published at Al-Jazeera, OpenDemocracy, and Foresight-Africa. Beside her prominent online presence, she is the co-founder of the Voice of Women Initiative (feminist collective) and founding Chair of the African Youth Movement, one of Africa's largest movements fighting for peace and social justice.

She previously worked at the refugee camps during Libya’s civil war and monitored 2012 Egyptian Presidential Elections. However, she has been blacklisted and banned from entering Egypt since March 2014. In recognition to her achievements, Aya was named one of Africa's most Outstanding Young Women leaders in 2013 (Ghana) and won the Young Achiever of the year 2015 recognized by the Forbes (South Africa). She is currently a Mo Ibrahim Scholar for an MA in African Studies at SOAS.

Twitter: @aya_chebbi
Blog: Proudly Tunisian


Aya Chebbi gave a speech at the UN Women Celebrity event to mark the 20th anniversary of the historic Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing.


Conference sessions

Rollercoaster against an evening sky

Aya Chebbi talks about how her experience of the civil protests in Tunisia inspired her to bring together youth civil society organisations across Africa, and Dr Danny Sriskandarajah discusses how we rise to the challenges of organising civil society across the globe.



Mon, 02/29/2016 -
09:30 to 10:30

From #BringBackOurGirls to climate justice, a range of movements and campaigns around the world are calling for change. This "Ted Talks" session will give voice to six approaches.



Mon, 02/29/2016 -
14:30 to 16:00