Tunisia: Three Tunisian Women among 100 Most Influential Young Africans
Amira Yahyaoui, 32, Lina Ben Mhenni, 33 and Aya Chebbi feature among the top 100 youths shortlisted in 27 African countries. Around 140 young Africans were screened for the awards.
The awardees have been crowned by a jury, made up of young Africans based across the globe, the organization said in a statement.
The criteria were based on the impact work that those 100 youth do in view of making the lives of other youth better.
Amira Yahyaoui born in Ksar Hadada is founder of Al Bawsala, an NGO championing human rights and citizen development in Tunisia.
Lina Ben Mhenni is an Internet activist, blogger and assistant lecturer in linguistics at Tunis University. She was one of the few Tunisian bloggers to blog with her real name instead of adopting a pen-name for protection purposes during the rule of autocratic ruler Ben Ali, ousted in 2011.
Aya Chebbi is also a renowned blogger and scholar of African Politics. Chebbi is also reckoned for the promotion of peer females. The young Tunisian woman is co-founder of the Voice of Women Initiative (feminist collective) and founding chair of the African Youth Movement, the organization further notes.
She won many awards including Africa’s most Outstanding Young Women Leaders in 2013 (Ghana,) the Young Achiever of the Year 2015 (South Africa,) and was recently the Women4Africa Awards 2016 winner of the “Inspirational Woman of the Year” (UK).
Out of the 100 laureates, 38 are women. Age range of the winners is 14-40. 87 per cent of the awardees are on facebook and enjoy in aggregate 18,317,458 followers. 86 per cent of them also use twitter and drag along 16,203,116 followers as of July 2016.
The full list of the 100 winners can be checked in the link below: