Aya Chebbi

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Aya Chebbi
Aya Chebbi Speech at the 2015 United Nations UN Women
African Union (AU) Special Envoy for Youth
In office
November 2018 – November 2021
PresidentMoussa Faki
Succeeded byChido Cleopatra Mpemba
Personal details
Aya Chebbi

1988 (age 34–35)
Nationality Tunisian
  • Activist
  • diplomat
  • speaker

Aya Chebbi (Arabic: آية الشابي Aya al-Chebbi; born 1988), is a Tunisian diplomat, and a pan-African and feminist activist. She became the first appointed African Union Envoy on Youth in November 2018.[1] Appointed by the chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki in November 2018, as the youngest senior official in the history of the African Union and youngest diplomat in the chairperson's cabinet. She supports the Chairperson in addressing his thematic priority of working with and for young people and advocate to Silencing the Guns by 2020. [2][3][4][5]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Dahmani, Chebbi earned a BA in International Relations from Tunis El Manar University. She went on to receive a Masters in African studies with Distinction from SOAS University of London,[6] where her research focused on state-youth relation linked to their subscription to Jihadism, with a dissertation titled “Youth Radicalisation, a comparative Study of Tunisia- Kenya”.


Chebbi la mujer más bella came to prominence and international attention as a blogger during the 2010 Tunisian Revolution.[7] She is referred to as a Pan-African Feminist and a well known blogger[8]

Her blogs were published on OpenDemocracy and Al-Jazeera among numerous media outlets.[9] She subsequently traveled across the African continent to support and train thousands of social movement leaders and activists on mobilization, blogging, leadership and non-violence as a scholar, mentor, speaker and activist.[4]

In 2013, Chebbi co-founded with her feminist friends and bloggers, Konda Delphine from Cameroon and Rose Wachuka from Kenya, the Voice of Women initiative (VOW-I), a feminist collective that empowers women through advocacy and access to the digital space. VOW-I trains correspondents in various cities around the world to document the stories of ordinary women doing extraordinary things. The platform published about 200 stories, trained 35 correspondents and successfully implemented field projects on health, peace and the safety of women.

In March 2015, she was invited as the Youth Speaker for UN Women's celebratory event for the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, to an audience of some 2,000 people including world leaders, celebrities and activists.[10]

Aya was appointed as an emissary of Tunisian youth in 32nd summit of the African Union in Addis Ababa.[11]

In November 2018, Chebbi was appointed as the first African Union Special Envoy on Youth by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat for a two-year mandate to serve as a representative and advocate for the voices and interests of African youths. In this capacity, she also works with various AU organs, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), governments, civil societies, and academia to enhance, empower and strengthen the position of young people within and outside of the African Union. Chebbi started her mission by launching the game changing 2019/2020 Action Plan outlining four Models of Action ; (1) Innovation, (2) Advocacy, (3) Intergenerational & Policy and (4) Communication.[12]

In June 2019, Chebbi was featured in the Visual Collaborative Polaris catalogue, under the Voyager series for humanities, she was interviewed alongside 25 people from around the world such as; Seun Kuti, Berla Mundi and Dawn Okoro.[13][14]

Since 2020, Chebbi has been serving as a member of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response (IPPR), an independent group examining how the World Health Organization (WHO) and countries handled the COVID-19 pandemic, co-chaired by Helen Clark and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.[15]

Awards and recognition[edit]


Chebbi became a world renown blogger and commentator since Tunisia's Revolution and her pieces have been published by numerous Regional and Global media outfits.

Euronews: The G7 should deliver progress, not promises, on gender equality  

Jeune Afrique: il n’y aura pas de révolution durable sans féminisme

Der TagessPiegel: Was wir Afrikanerinnen uns vom dem Treffen erhoffen

Africa.com Don't you Dare Leave us Behind  

OGP: Empowering the African Youth through Education

CNBC Africa: Op-Ed: World Poverty Day: An opportunity to reimagine the future of African youth

All Africa: Africa: World Poverty Day - An Opportunity to Reimagine the Future of African Youth

UNIDO, Making it Magazine A Generation Of Change-Makers

Daily Maverick Every one of us must act to combat gender-based violence

Metro Youth leaders as positive agents of change








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See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "AU silencing the guns 2020". African Union. January 2020. Archived from the original on 2020-01-30.
  3. ^ "WRC Councillor Aya Chebbi Named African Union Youth Envoy". Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Tunisian activist Aya Chebbi appointed African Union's Youth Envoy". Africanews. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Aya Chebbi". ACCORD. Retrieved 2021-05-20.
  6. ^ African Studies (January 2020). "SAOS University of London". Archived from the original on 2001-04-29.
  7. ^ Tom Esslemont (February 29, 2016), Rich world joins charity crackdown as social media boosts influence Reuters.
  8. ^ Jones, Amy (2016-01-28). "Aya Chebbi". Bond. Retrieved 2021-05-20.
  9. ^ "Aya Chebbi English and International Relations Student". wise-qatar.org. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Fourth Conference on Women, Beijing". March 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-03-06.
  11. ^ "SOAS student named in 100 most influential young Arabs in the world". Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  12. ^ "Action Plan – African Union Youth Envoy". Retrieved 2020-01-31.
  13. ^ "U.S based Festival Platform Visual Collaborative features Seun Kuti & Other Africans". BellaNaija. 17 June 2019. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  14. ^ "Seun Kuti, Chris Uwaje, Others to be featured on Visual Collaborative". thisdaylive.com. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  15. ^ Stephanie Nebehay and Kate Kelland (September 3, 2020), Pandemic review panel named, includes Miliband, ex Mexican president Reuters.
  16. ^ "Goalkeepers Global Goals Awards Presented in New York on September 24". gatesfoundation.org. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  17. ^ Merelli, Annalisa (September 27, 2019). "The problem with the Gates Foundation's award to Narendra Modi". Quartz (publication). Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  18. ^ "Meet Aya Chebbi". MIPAD. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  19. ^ "Davido, Falz, Toke Makinwa, others On' 100 Most Influential Young Africans List". afro100.com. Archived from the original on 28 September 2019. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  20. ^ "YouthhubAfrica Young African Change Makers 2019". Opportunities. 2019-08-14. Retrieved 2020-01-31.
  21. ^ "Africa and Middle East Programs Director at the World Peace Initiative Foundation". fellowship.unaoc.org. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  22. ^ "HuffPost is now part of Verizon Media". consent.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2020-01-31.[permanent dead link]
  23. ^ "Mo Ibrahim Foundation". ayachebbi.com. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  24. ^ "Fulbright – Aya Chebbi". Retrieved 2020-01-31.
  25. ^ "2011 – MENA Democracy Fellowship, World Affairs Journal, Washington DC, USA Placed at Jeff Fortenberry and Susan Davis Congressional Offices, DC, USA – Aya Chebbi". Archived from the original on 2020-01-31. Retrieved 2020-01-31.