I believe in, above all else, the right for all people to live with dignity, rights and freedom. It is why I am such a fierce champion for women’s rights, universal healthcare, sustainability and peace building, and why I dedicate much of my time to solving challenges and cultivating leadership.
I am incredibly privileged to do work that I believe in with passionate and committed partners.
On March 2 2016 Alaa became the youngest appointed High-Level Commissioner on Health and Economic Growth, chaired by the United Nations, World Health Organization (WHO), Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and International Labour Organization (ILO).
As a Commissioner Alaa has been tasked with stimulating the creation of health and social sector jobs as a means to advance inclusive economic growth, paying specific attention to the needs of low- and lower middle income countries.
The global economy is projected to create around 40 million new health sector jobs by 2030; mostly in middle- and high- income countries. Despite the anticipated growth in jobs there will be a projected shortage of 18 million health workers to achieve and sustain the Sustainable Development Goals primarily in low and lower-middle income countries. The rising global demand and need for health workers, over the next fifteen years, presents significant challenges. Importantly, it also offers the opportunity to generate employment, in areas where decent jobs are most needed.
In 2016 Alaa founded a global Mentorship Programme for emerging leaders and co-founded The Omnis Institute, an independent non-profit organisation committed to challenging critical global issues through the empowerment of emerging local leaders.
Providing a voice and platform for local leaders, particularly women and youth leaders, Omnis offers leadership acceleration and mentorship opportunities to those with an interest in international peace and security, human rights and sustainable development. Omnis also works closely on the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), illustrating women and youth leaders as fundamental to the achievement of these goals.
In September 2015 world leaders unanimously adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). In January 2016 Alaa became the youngest of 17 eminent appointees of the UN Secretary General, alongside Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Richard Curtis, Paul Polman, Jack Ma, Leo Messi, Jeffrey Sachs, Shakira Mebarak, Forest Whitaker, Muhammad Yunus, Leymah Gbowee and others.
With a mandate from the Secretary-General to generate momentum and commitment to achieve the SDGs by 2030, the SDG Advocates work to promote the universal sustainable development agenda, to raise awareness of the integrated nature of the SDGs, and to foster the engagement of new stakeholders in the implementation of these Goals.
The Phase Minus 1 team provides thought leadership in peacebuilding, conflict resolution, sustainable development, national security, security cooperation and defense technology.
Thinking outside the box is elusive and never enough. To make extraordinary decisions, leaders need to envision the outcome, balance the use of data and instinct, and consciously accept risk.
Founded in 2013, The Malala Fund champions every girl’s right to 12 years of free, safe, quality education. We believe girls are the best investment in the future peace and prosperity of our world. Alaa serves as a board member with the Malala Fund.
Alaa was selected as an MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow in 2016. The Director’s Fellows program is a growing global network that connects the innovation and creativity of the MIT Media Lab with a broad array of leaders to catalyze thought partnership and concrete collaborations. Its goal is to expand the diversity, reach, and impact of the Media Lab and the Director’s Fellows themselves in deploying cutting edge technology, ideas, and innovation to tackle key global challenges. It also helps to shape the perspectives and experience of stakeholders throughout the network, strengthening their capacity to serve and to lead.
Deliver for Good, a global campaign that applies a gender lens to global development, announces five campaign influencers: Dr. Alaa Murabit, UN High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment & Economic Growth and UN SDG advocate; José Alberto "Pepe" Mujica Cordano, the former President of Uruguay; Her Royal Highness the Crown Princess Mary of Denmark; Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, a gender equality advocate and the wife of Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau; and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women.
The primary goal of the Deliver for Good campaign is to promote political, programmatic, and financial investments in girls and women across 12 critical issue areas, from education and sexual health and rights to climate change and access to resources. Deliver for Good Influencers will support the campaign by calling for these investments and engaging multi-sector allies to redefine the narrative around girls and women as agents of change and critical drivers of progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the global and country levels.
Alaa serves as a board member of Women’s March Global, a network of people, chapters and organizations working locally and globally to amplify and activate issues using education, mobilization, dialogue, engagement and collective action in order to advance equality, justice, freedom and inclusion worldwide.
Every two minutes a child dies of malaria.
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Alaa serves as a Trustee for International Alert, a peace building organization operating in over 40 countries globally. International Alert works with people directly affected by conflict to build lasting peace. Together, we believe peace is within our power. We focus on solving the root causes of conflict, bringing together people from across divides. From the grassroots to policy level, we come together to build everyday peace.
Peace is just as much about communities living together, side by side, and resolving their differences without resorting to violence as it is about people signing a treaty or laying down their arms. That is why we believe that we all have a role to play in building a more peaceful future.
Building on hard-fought, world-changing victories of the international women’s movement, the Everywoman Everywhere Coalition has come together with a singular goal:Mobilization and execution of a global, grassroots-up campaign for a universal legal tool, such as a UN Convention or Additional Protocol, that empowers every woman and girl access to legal remedy should her rights to personal security be violated. The goal of such an instrument is to move violence against women and girls from soft law into a comprehensive, specific, legally binding instrument that establishes global minimal norms and standards to outlaw violence against women, with monitoring, evaluation, and implementation mechanisms, and clear structure for states to track progress.
The Voice of Libyan Women (VLW) is a Non-governmental organization (NGO) founded in order to advance and protect women's rights in Libya. VLW is a youth-led organization which continues to advocate for women's development and to challenge the prevailing norms of Libyan society. VLW works to spread information at a national level by creating local teams made up both of individuals and organizations.
Alaa serves as an advisor to ConnectHer. an organization that provides a platform for non-profits to raise funds for their projects. Non-profit organizations, that are providing services to women and children in their quest for self-reliance, register their organizations then add their projects to Connecther.