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Ala Oueslati

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Ala Oueslati - 2017 Nominee
Position: Women Deliver Young Leader / Blogger & Freelance Journalist / Empower Women Global Champion / Founder
Organization: Women Deliver / Youth Time International Movement / UN Empower Women / SHE Mobile Clinic
Current Location: Tunisia, Africa
B.A. in International Business Administration with Major in International Affairs from Nazareth College of Rochester & University of Tunis
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
• Certificate of Spanish language C2 level from Instituto Cervantes
• Certificate of Russian language B2 level from Bourguiba Institute of Modern Languages IBLV in Tunis
• Certificate of Mandarin Chinese Language and Culture course from Confucius Institute at University of Liverpool
• Diploma of piano theory at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY
• Women Deliver Course Certificates (2) on Women's SRHR, Family Planning, Porject Management and Advocacy
• Certificate of Completion of YaLa Citizen Journalist Program by YaLa Academy & the Peres Center for Peace
• Certificate of completion of the MENA Regional Youth Advocacy Course on GCED in Amman, Jordan by the UN Secretary General's GEFI
• Certificate of participation in the Adolescent and Youth Wellbeing in the MENA Conference at American University of Beirut, Lebanon
• Certificate of participation in Rome Model United Nations Conference in Rome
• Amnesty International Certificate of participation in Amnesty's International Human Rights Conference in Chicago
• Certificate of participation as North African delegate at MINDS Annual African Youth Dialogue in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
• Certificate of participation in Tunisian AMPION Venture Bus 2014
• Certificate of completion of course on UN SDGs Reporting offered by International Center for Journalists & the United Nations Foundation
• Certificate of completion of internship at Caux Initiatives of Change in Caux, Switzerland, June & July 2013
• Certificate completion of Caux Peacebuilding Program at Caux Initiatives of change, Caux, Switzerland, June, July & August 2016
• Certificate of completion of internship at the UNDP Mauritania, Nouakchott, Mauritania
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Empower Women Global Champion title
    Awarding Organization:
    UN Women
    Date Awarded:
    November 12, 2016
  • Award:
    UNLEASH LAB 2017 for SDG Talents
    Awarding Organization:
    UNLEASH
    Date Awarded:
    May 31, 2017
  • Award:
    Alumni Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fund (AIEF) Award
    Awarding Organization:
    IREX
    Date Awarded:
    December 18, 2015
A Tunisian women's rights advocate, he was selected by Women Deliver to work on women's sexual & reproductive health focusing on family planning in rural Tunisia. He's an Empower Women Global Champion & a family planning project leader & blogger. – Thouraya Bessaoudi, Teacher at Ministry of Education of Tunisia
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Since I became a Women Deliver Young Leader, I have been advocating for women's sexual & reproductive health and rights SRHR in the MENA. In Tunisia, I've launched a promotion campaign on a mobile clinic in the remote south where my fellow volunteers and I were able to help over 100 women find support, medical assistance & answers to their SRHR problems. The project that I called SHE Clinic reached out to as many as 15 villages, helped over 30 pregnant women go to regional hospitals for necessary tests & medicine & made contraception methods more accessible to over 200 women. Other than SHE clinic, I have also been advocating for women's SRHR & challenging other men to do the same & confront patriarchy through blogs, articles, videos and workshops that I organize in Tunisia and beyond.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

It was only when I witnessed violence & discrimination against women, some in my own community, that I understood my responsibility towards this cause. It was only when I grew up to learn that contraception & SRHR are taboos, that marriage is about pregnancy, that a mother should aspire to have many kids, & that as a man this fight isn't mine, that I decided to dedicate my life to advocate for family planning and women's SRHR. I believe these are a major key to social peace and prosperity.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

To bridge generational divides and operate in the conservative south, I gathered other SRHR advocates from the region & approached families with scientific evidence & a less complicated language. I then made adjustments to the clinic to keep it operational in this context. I co-authored a commentary on the Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health & Wellbeing & was invited by Barack Obama & ex-Tunisian PM to DC to discuss my work in Tunisia as an advocate & project founder.

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

This title will allow me to approach family planning in remote areas with a bigger voice. I'll use the grant to improve our mobile clinic, purchase new materials, print toolkits & start psychological support for women in need. I'll also use this platform to broaden my online advocacy & reach out to as many advocates in Tunisia as possible, creating new coalitions & partnerships. Finally the grant will help me organize & fund my dream North Africa workshop on family Planning.

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