Alia was the spokesperson and Head of the Marketing & Communications Unit at HarassMap, an NGO focused on combatting sexual harassment for several years. Alia has also worked as a journalist at Ahram Online news-website and gender analyst of Egyptian television series and films. She is particularly interested in research on the intersection between communications and gender.
How did you get into the work you do?
I have always believed in gender equality and I wanted to work on engaging Egyptian society in this discussion through sharing stories of brave and strong women and shedding light on sexual and gender based violence.
What/who inspires you?
Experiences and stories of people who who have succeeded in facing their challenges.
What’s one thing you do for self-care?
I stay away from toxic people and stay in touch with supportive groups. I watch movies.
What do you do for fun (when you’re not saving the world!)?
Watch old films and eat as much dark chocolate as I can.
Name a book, TV show, movie, poem, song, band, piece of art that you’d like to share.
Coisa Mais Linda (Most beautiful thing)
What are you most looking forward to at the conference?
Learning more about the context of the work on gender and feminism in each of the participant’s context. Discussions with like-minded women.
Coffee or tea?
If you were having a dinner party and could invite anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
If you could have any superpower what would it be?
Be able to delete and fast forward moments in my life (like the movie Click).
What was the last song you listened to?
Fayrouz – sabah w masa
What fictional character do you think is most like yourself?
Elizabeth Bennet… Pride & Prejudice.
What’s your favourite snack?
Nuts and fruits.
What’s your hidden talent?
I can act 😀
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