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Congratulations to former Ibrahim Scholar and political activist Aya Chebbi for her appointment as the new African Union Youth Envoy. The appointment was announced on Thursday, 1 November, as the institution celebrated African Youth Day.
Aya will serve as a spokesperson for African youth to relevant AU decision-making bodies. As part of her mandate, she will advocate, and raise awareness on, the implementation of the Demographic Dividend Roadmap and the 2006 African Youth Charter, according to the AU statement.
She is the founder of multiple platforms such as Youth Programme of Holistic Empowerment Mentoring (Y-PHEM) coaching the next generation to be positive change agents, Afrika Youth Movement (AYM), one of Africa’s largest Pan-African youth-led movements, and Afresist, a youth leadership program and multimedia platform documenting youth work in Africa.
Aya started her activism journey during Tunisia’s revolution in 2010-2011. She has since travelled across the continent training young people in mobilisation and civil resistance.