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Ines Matoussi

2015 Women's Initiative Fellow

Ines has a background in the legal and marketing fields.   Proficient in four languages: French, English, Italian, and Arabic, she obtained her law degree from the University of Legal, Political and Social Sciences in Tunis. She is pursuing her Master’s degree in Common Law and is currently working on her dissertation.

Though her work focuses on corporate marketing and client development, she is most passionate about the youth of Tunisia, especially those living in poverty.  She recognizes that these children have limited protection under the current legal system and wants to establish a nongovernmental organization (NGO) that will provide legal, financial and educational services for vulnerable children.  She believes that increasing opportunities for these children will enrich their lives, improving both their future and the future of Tunisia.

Update: March 2016

Ines, traditionally trained in corporate marketing, felt called to a greater purpose—to protect some of Tunisia’s most vulnerable, street children. Ines believes that street youth present both a social and cultural challenge to the community. Deeply disturbed by the realities of child poverty, Ines is determined to use the lessons she learned in the Women’s Initiative Fellowship to positively impact the lives of Tunisia’s homeless children.

With limited protections under the current legal system in Tunisia, Ines knew impoverished children would continue to suffer without direct intervention. Engaging her mentor and the Ministry of Women and Social Affairs in Tunisia, Ines began training at the Social Ministry, which houses, educates, finances, and provides legal services to children formerly living on the streets. With the Social Ministry, Ines has been able to implement her own classes to support children. She credits the Fellowship courses at Southern Methodist University for developing her networking and leadership skills, and giving her the confidence to design her program.

Ines is currently working towards establishing her non-governmental organization that helps integrate street children back into society while also providing protection, education, and legal and financial services.