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Creating Platforms for Marginalised Voices: Esra’a El Shafei

When Esra’a El Shafei was a teenager in Bahrain, she saw a migrant being mistreated. The moment was a shift for her, and she felt compelled to do something to help change the plight of migrants in the Gulf. Esra’a has spent her life building platforms for digital advocacy that amplify under-reported and marginalised voices in the Middle East and North Africa. Her work includes Mideast Tunes, a web and mobile application for independent musicians in the MENA region who use music as a tool for social justice advocacy,, a discussion tool for Arab LGBTQ+ youth which leverages game mechanics to protect and engage its community, and, the primary resource on the plight of migrant workers in the Gulf region. Esra’a has shown sheer bravery and resilience when it comes to promoting human rights and we are honoured to have her as a guest on Inspiring Open.

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