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Amira Yahyaoui

Founder and Chair, Al Bawsala

Human rights advocate. Since 2000, has been active against Ben Ali's regime as a member of the Tunisian anti-censorship and freedom of speech movement. Following the revolution in early 2011, founded the multi-awarded Tunisian organization Al Bawsala, a public policy and accountability NGO working on promoting human rights and good governance in Tunisia. Through its project marsad.tn (monitor in Arabic), Al Bawsala monitors the work of the parliament, the budget and city halls using new technologies to make the information collected accessible to citizens. Al Bawsala also advocates for a better way of governing and citizen inclusion through lobbying and technical assistance to MP and government officials. Launching Centre 247, the first Tunisian security and defence think tank. Recipient: Vital Voices global trailblazer award as "Women Transforming the Middle East and North Africa"; Norwegian Linderbraeke Award for Human Rights; French Fondation Chirac awar d on conflict prevention. Ranked: one of the most powerful Arab women, Arabian Business magazine; one of the most influential African women, Jeune Afrique. Global Shaper, World Economic Forum; Yale World Fellow.