Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter calls the abuse of women “the number one abuse of human rights on earth.” Having visited 145 different countries, Carter would know. Tragically, religious leaders often support such abuse. And sadly, women and girls typically suffer the most in times of war.
Alaa Murabit founded the Voice of Libyan Women (VLW) to fight for women’s inclusion in Libya’s peace process. She’s also behind the creation of the Noor Campaign. This internationally replicated campaign uses Islamic teaching to combat the abuse of women.
A medical doctor, Murabit advises think tanks and such organizations as the UN Women Global Civil Society Advisory Group. An Ashoka Fellow, she’s won the Trust Women Hero Award among many other awards.
In this inspiring TED Talk, Murabit tells why she believes her faith promotes equal rights for women. She’s encountered pushback from conservative Muslims and liberals alike. But she remains undaunted. While change often comes very slowly, she’s encouraged by the progress she’s seen so far.