Amani El Tunsi

Ashoka Fellow
Egypt,
Fellow Since 2013

Citation

This profile was prepared when Amani El Tunsi was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2013.
The New Idea
Amani is countering repressive ideologies that threaten women’s status in Egypt at a critical time. By creating a safe space for educated girls and women to discuss taboo subjects—fully operated by and for women—she is providing a new channel to speak about silenced topics and to receive guidance on specific challenges. Furthermore, Amani has created a powerful network of women who provide resources and opportunities to young women—equipping them with the tools and confidence to make life-changing decisions.

Creating a program that empowers women personally, medically, and legally, Amani’s multifaceted work responds to women’s fears by providing them with knowledge and referring them for specialized assistance. Amani’s work helps women change their circumstances by not accepting the traditions and norms that limit them to second-class citizens, but provides them with a sense of self and responsibility. Her work is creating a generation of girls defined by a strong sense of control. In turn, Amani’s work is redefining the role of women in Egyptian society by enabling them to challenge deep-rooted and outdated norms.

Amani’s work fills a gap in the citizen sector that many other citizen organizations (COs) focused on women do not. Her work has spread beyond Egypt to other Arab nations including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon, Sudan, Libya, Tunisia, Morocco, and Algeria.
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