My name is Fatma Tawfik, I was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt. I graduated from Beni-Suef University, and I ranked third in my class with a Bachelor degree in political science. When I was six, my friends and family called me a “Rebellious” as I was defending women rights at this young age, growing up in Egypt, I looked at my community and searched for ways to enhance women status in my country.
I used to have debates with my friends, classmates and family about the injustice and discrimination that women go through every day. These debates came out handy as I became a debater in the young Mediterranean voices championship in Egypt 2018 and managed to become a semi-finalist.
Also, I volunteered as a peer educator at the Y-PEER Egypt network to educate and advocate women rights in 5 topics, Gender-based violence, sexual harassment, child marriage, FGM and sexual health by using different tools such as interactive theatre, sports and training.
Throughout my university years, I got training in different political and strategic research organisations in Egypt, and in 2020, I published three papers in the International Affairs forum IAF, those three pieces I considered as my little children.
When I have free time, you will find me in my room reading a new book, learning Spanish or watching a new movie or out of my home feeding stray cats.
“I raised up my voice, not so that I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard, we cannot succeed when half of us are held back”.