PeaceWoman of the Month
Young activist from Tunisia
Ahlem Nasraoui began her engagement in the civil society at the age of 12 years, when she participated in her school’s theatre club. In the plays she portrayed women, victimized and entrapped in a patriarchal society. Four years later she started her career as a blogger for peace, with the blog “Peaceholics”. At the age of 20 years Ahlem was among the 12 local Tunisian leaders, selected by Ashoka Fellows, to participate in a program about social entrepreneurship in Poland. Since then, Ahlem has founded several NGO’s: the Creativo Club, with the goal of implementing notions of peaceful protest and demonstration through arts; Biledi, an organization aiming on developing her hometown economically by promoting locally made products; Young Leaders Entrepreneurs, an association that trains Tunisian youth on leadership and on how to start own initiatives and discover potentials. Further, she was appointed youth representative of SPMUDA and received the UN volunteer prize in the Arab world. From 2012 - 2014 Ahlem worked as a project manager and freelancer for USAID. Ahlem coordinated the campaign ‘One Billion Rising Tunisia 2014’ with huge success and took part in the organization of the initiative ‘The Countdown. Build Tunisia in 20 hours’ in 2013 and 2014. The aim of this initiative is not only to train 100 youth on how to develop a concrete project, but to co-work and collaborate together - despite differences and under pressure of time –towards winning the competition.
« As Tunisian women we should work to emerge as leaders, to solve many conflicts and at least focus on transforming the violence threatening us into youth empowerment and a new healthy ecosystem. My priority now is to work on empowering youth in rural areas because deprivation creates potential extremists. »