2014 Women's Initiative Fellows
Inspired by the 2011 Tunisian Revolution, and the demand for more freedom, transparency, and democracy, Afràa determined to work on the fight against corruption and to help lead her country forward. She has participated in many academic workshops and public service projects to advocate for women’s roles in establishing the new democratic Tunisia. Her goal is to ensure women and girls, especially in disadvantaged regions, enjoy their rights and liberties in a way that encourages independence and preserves dignity.
Amira serves as the head of Kairouanese for the Culture of Citizenship (KPCC) in Tunisia, a non-profit organization that works to create positive social change and promote development in the region of Kairouan. As the head, Amira is responsible for the Women’s Enterprise for Sustainability (WES) program that empowers women-led organizations in Tunisia to operate WES centers as social enterprises. Through this center, aspiring and established women entrepreneurs gain new skills and networks, launch and expand businesses, and develop as innovative leaders in their communities.
Amira works in the field of vocational education and training as an intercultural facilitator, expat advisor, English as a First Language trainer, and translator. She is the founder and manager of Iceberg, a center for intercultural and language training that offers programs to multinational and multicultural companies. She develops and delivers training programs aimed at enhancing the employees’ effectiveness and productivity by helping them acquire the communication, leadership and managerial skills required to succeed internationally.
Since October 2004, Asma has worked as a university professor in Tunisia, teaching “Sociology of Art,” “Analysis of Image,” and “Civilization and Communication.” She has also served as a researcher, studying “Image of the Women of Power in the Arab World” at the Center of Arab Women for Training and Research (CAWTAR).
Dalel is the Founder and President of the Association of Majida Boulila for Modernity, a non-governmental organization (NGO) aiming to build a society based upon the values of modernism and citizenship without any form of discrimination or exclusion.
Dalel has championed the cause of women’s empowerment and political participation. She works within the organization to integrate gender equality in institutions, programs, and laws. She also leads programs ensuring women have a real voice in their family affairs, in the public sphere, and in the political arena.
Dorra is passionate about women’s education and advocacy. She strives to help women discover that they are effective citizens and that they have enough strength and potential to contribute to a prosperous Tunisia.
Dorra has made several contributions in organizations such as Students in Free Enterprises (SIFE). As a member of SIFE, Dorra was assigned the task of developing and leading a wide network in order to help disabled people earn a living without humiliation and social marginalization.
Emna is an assistant professor in the English Department at The Sfax Faculty of Letters and Humanities at the University of Sfax, Tunisia. Her courses focus on American foreign policy, history of political ideas, political discourse analysis, and science fiction and culture.
Fedia serves as Grants Manager for the USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) in Tunisia. Fedia is responsible for numerous projects’ implementation, which requires her to work closely with civil society organizations and local institutions to help build democratic resiliency, increase citizen participation in democratic life, and bolster positive change.
Frida serves as the Senior Editor of Maghreb Women Magazine. As Editor, Frida is responsible for editing and planning with the members of the editorial team to ensure a publication gets out the door on schedule for readers to enjoy. As a creative manager, she helps determine content for each edition of the publication, leads article idea generation meetings, and determines which articles will go in each section of the magazine.
A native of Tunis, Frida graduated from Faculty of Humanities of Tunis, with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology.
Hajer is a Tunisian lawyer specializing in business law. She began her professional career working in private equity and three years later made the transition to practicing law. Joining Boussayene Knani and Houerby as an intern, Hajer concentrated her career on litigation before opening her own law firm. Early in 2013, Hajer joined Dakhlaoui – Bird and Bird, an international law firm, bringing with her experience in corporate law and litigation. In addition to her legal career, Hajer teaches international economic law at “L’université Libre de Tunis.”
After completing her Master’s Degree, Imane joined an engineering, procurement, and construction company in the oil and gas industry and is working now as a production and process engineer in a petrochemical company. Throughout her studies and work, Imane has encountered many troubles because of her religious clothing. The engineering field is predominantly male in Arabic countries – this makes it challenging for a woman to easily get a position matching her credentials.
Miriam is currently an editorial trainee at the American University in Cairo working within one of the most prestigious publishing houses in the Middle East. Miriam has worked in several aspects of the editorial and publishing process.
Miriam previously worked as a journalist and video producer at Tunisia Live, the first Tunisian news website in English. She managed the coverage of the first anniversary of the Tunisian Revolution – the website’s largest production to date.
Nadia serves as the Chief Legal Officer at SOTUPA-Sancella Group, a leading industrial group (partner of SCA Hygiene Products Sweden) with 1,200 employees throughout the Maghreb region. As head of the legal department, Nadia manages all legal matters of the group, from advising high-level executives regarding formation of policies and planning strategies about the group’s future to ensuring a suitable work environment for all workers in terms of security, rights, and health.
Neila entered politics in 2001 under the dictatorship of President Ben Ali. She established the Liberal Mediterranean Party designed to be a constructive tool to achieve reform and boost the Tunisian economy through small and medium enterprises offering significant employment opportunities. Her party was never authorized and her liberal speech led to her repression.
After the revolution in March 2011, she co-founded the political party, Afek Tounes, which won four seats in the National Constituent Assembly.
Nesrine is a final year computer science engineering student specializing in management and finance. She aspires to become a creative entrepreneur and a successful leader who inspires others.
Sabrine is the Sales Manager and Co-Owner of an advertising and editing agency in the Tunis area. Sabrine manages advertising and priority customer accounts, while also remaining active in civil society and entrepreneurial organizations in Tunis. In addition to her family business, Sabrine has gained experience working in fiscal consulting and education.
Sarah’s passion for public service and volunteerism has landed her a position as a respected activist within the ranks of the civil society world. She has become an active member within the JID association (Youth Independent Democrats) and has been elected a member of the executive committee. During her three years of active involvement, Sarah has participated in several projects aimed at raising awareness among Tunisian citizens and helping the community to maintain the gains of the Tunisian Revolution.