Aya tells the story of the youth growing from the state of waithood to freedom and empowerment. She draws the victories of young people from Tunisia to Senegal, Burkina Faso and across Africa, a story that the mainstream media would not highlight unless it turns into a violent conflict or a armed coup. She explains her vision in building the African Youth Movement that aims to grow, from the shared marginalization and struggles of African youth, a common identity and political consciousness to challenge the established order.
Aya Chebbi is an award winning Pan-African Tunisian activist and renowned blogger. She is well-known for her activism during Tunisia’s Revolution 2010-2011 that overthrew Ben Ali’s regime. Her blogs were published at Al-Jazeera, OpenDemocracy and Foresight-Africa among other media outlets. Beside her prominent online presence, she is the founder and chair of the African Youth Movement and the co-founder of the Voice of Women initiative (feminist collective). She previously worked at the refugee camps during Libya’s civil war and monitored 2012 Egyptian Presidential Elections. In recognition to her achievements, she was named one of Africa’s most Outstanding Young Women leaders in 2013 (Ghana) and won the Young Achiever of the year 2015 (South Africa). She is currently a Mo Ibrahim Scholar for a Masters degree in African Studies at SOAS, University of London.