Global Leadership Awards
A champion of women’s rights, social peace and interfaith dialogue, Marianne Ibrahim is the co-founder and executive manager of Egypt’s Al-Gisr Center for Development and Dialogue, an organization that works with young men and women to end discrimination based on gender or religion in Egyptian society.
A member of Al Sawt Al Hurr (the Arab Network for Media Support), she is also a leader of Vital Voices’ Policy Advocates team in Egypt, part of a State Department-funded program that works to develop, disseminate and advocate for a women’s rights platform to be integrated into the new Egyptian government.
The group toured the country to gather women’s perspectives, which they hope to have included in the new constitution.
“Being on the Square, day and night, broke so many red lines for Egyptian women,” says Marianne. “This is the lasting impact: That if you want to do something, you actually can. You can break, as a woman in the Middle East, all the red lines and the traditions for a greater cause.”