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Gehad Hamdy

2023 Fellow

Founder and Manager, Speak Up


Gehad Hamdy is the founder and manager of Speak Up, a leading Egyptian feminist initiative against sexual harassment and gender-based violence in all its forms. Holding a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from October University for Modern Sciences and Arts, Gehad’s work focuses on breaking the cycle of violence against women in Egypt. She was named one of BBC 100’s most influential women in the world in 2022 and is the winner of the 2022 Social Change Maker of the Year in Gender Gold Award by The Stevie Awards, The Changemaker and The Humanitarian Awards by Women SME Leaders Awards by Entrepreneur Middle East, the winner of the International Humanitarian award at Women4Africa, was a finalist for the Women Empowerment Award by Africa Women Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF), and a finalist for the Equal Rights and Non-Discrimination award at the World Justice Forum 2022.