Dr Alaa Murabit presented with James Joyce Award

April 16th 2019, Fitzgerald Chamber, UCD Student Centre, Start time: 5:30 PM

The Literary & Historical Society is proud to present Dr. Alaa Murabit with our James Joyce Award, for her incredible contribution in women's rights, peace and challenging norms in society.

Dr. Alaa Murabit is a medical doctor, and and one of 17 Global Sustainable Development Goals Advocates, appointed by the UN Secretary General and a UN High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment & Economic Growth. She was recently selected as an MIT Director’s Fellow. Murabit serves as a trustee for International Alert and Keeping Children Safe.

At the age of 15 Alaa completed high school and moved from Saskatoon, Canada to Zawia, Libya.

It was there that she enrolled in medical school and founded The Voice of Libyan Women (VLW) at the age of 21. With a strong focus on challenging societal and cultural norms and utilizing traditional and historical role models Murabit champions women’s participation in peace processes and conflict mediation. Her programs, such as the groundbreaking “Noor Campaign” are replicated internationally.

Murabit’s TED Talk, released in July 2015, “What my religion really says about women” was selected as the TED Talk of the Day and one of four moving TED Talks you should watch right now by The New York Times.

Nicknamed “The Libyan Doogie Howser” by Jon Stewart and applauded for her innovative approach to security, Murabit acts as advisor to numerous international security boards, think tanks and organizations, including the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (women, peace and security),UN Women Global Advisory Board, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Murabit is an Ashoka fellow, and the youngest recipient of the Marisa Bellisario International Humanitarian Award by the Italian Government, named the “International Trust Women Hero 2014” by The New York Times, “One of 25 women under 25 to watch” by Newsweek, a “100 Top Woman” by the BBC and the SAFE Global Hero.

Murabit has been selected to address the UN Security Council during the 15th anniversary of Resolution 1325, as well as the UN General Assembly during the Commission on the Status of Women.

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