Alaa Murabit

Why securitization only works in Star Wars

How can we fight violent ideologies without targeting the most marginalized and vulnerable members of society? Alaa Murabit answers.

Thursday 27.10.2016

We live in the complex world with security becoming a more pressing issue every day. In the face of security crisis, migration challenges and health-related issues, people are often caught in the crossfire in our attempts to frame our security. The response seems to be securitization of health, migration and other humanitarian disasters.

One response for sustainability and peace is through communities. By strengthening local leaders, women in particular, we give them tools to change their communities from within.

Alaa Murabit, one of world’s leading voices for gender equality, addresses these issues, challenging the way we look at them, and frame sustainable development in light of emerging trends.

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In January 2016 Dr. Alaa Murabit became the youngest appointee of 17 UN Global Sustainable Development Goal Advocates and in March 2016 she was named a UN High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment and Economic Growth. Murabit is an advisor to many international security boards, think tanks and organizations, including the UN Women Global Civil Society Advisory Group and Harvard’s Everywoman Everywhere Coalition. An Ashoka Fellow, Murabit was a Trust Women Hero Award Winner in 2013. At the age only of 21 she founded the Voice of Libyan Women, an organization promoting human rights and gender equality and fighting for full participation of women in conflict resolution and peace processes. Embracing window of opportunity after revolution in 2011, Voice of Libyan Women was able to launch the largest ever campaign in Libya, the Noor campaign. The campaign heavily challenged misinterpretation of the role of women in religion and pushed for change how women are viewed in faith. Based on communities it brought together over 600 local leaders. This approach was replicated in more than 24 countries since then.

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