UN advisor Dr. Alaa Murabit on being a young Muslim activist

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Dr. Alaa Murabit is a respected leader in the international women's rights movement. At 15 years old she moved from Saskatchewan to Libya, enrolled in medical school and founded “The Voice of Libyan Women”, an organization dedicated to women's empowerment. Not only that, she was recently named a United Nations Security Council advisor regarding women, peace and security – and ahead of International Human Rights Day, she joined us to chat about her work.

Watch the clip above as Dr. Alaa talks about how she ended up where she is today and the work that her organization does. She also discussed the realities for Muslim women and spoke her mind about the heated debate on the niqab. 

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