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Hanen Farjallah

2015 Women's Initiative Fellow

Hanen is a professor at the Medical School of Sfax, Tunisia.  Her curriculum ensures students’ success by promoting their critical thinking skills, fostering their team and pair work, and encouraging students to better understand their most successful learning methods.   She works with the English Access Microscholarship Program, which provides opportunities for 13-18 year olds from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to learn English, greatly increasing their chances of securing a better job.

Hanen is the Founder of The Great Debaters of Tunisia, an organization that helps women break the cycle of oppression and weakness by discussing women’s issues and bringing to light their oppression.   She wants to use debate as a way to develop critical thinking skills among women and youth throughout the Middle East and North Africa region.

Update: March 2016

Hanen had never visited the United States prior to joining the Women’s Initiative Fellowship, and was not sure what to expect. After completing the four-week, United States portion of the program, she left inspired and prepared to put new ideas into action.    

Upon her return to Tunisia in April of 2015, Hanen developed a new leadership curriculum for her university, Sfax Medical School, based on the sessions she attended at Southern Methodist University. Simultaneously, she participated in a variety of workshops and training conferences for women in an effort to better inspire her students.

Hanen’s passion is for leadership curriculum but female political participation motivated her to join an international organization that works to advance women’s causes. Additionally, she is working to create a database platform where women, adolescent girls, and local authorities can come together to share ideas about how to bring about positive changes in their communities.

Hanen ultimately hopes to become "a good change maker" in Tunisia and that her actions will impact both today’s society and future generations.


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