Name: Iman Abou Atta
What she does: Founder and Director of SCEME, Social Change through Education in the Middle East and North Africa
Impact: Building bridges between Europe and Middle Eastern communities through her work with medical institutions
Nominated by: Marie-Charlotte Remy Macaud
For over 10 years, Iman has built bridges between Europe and Middle Eastern communities through her work with medical institutions and has taken action with a range of NGO’s that work on women’s rights, the trafficking of young children and on interfaith and intercultural international projects. She has also travelled extensively to give lectures and deliver workshops to interfaith groups in countries such asTaiwan, theUnited Kingdomand The Netherlands. Iman speaks multiple languages such as Arabic, English, French, Italian and Hebrew and has been a youth interfaith ambassador to ensure the development of mutual understanding and joint social action between faith communities.
Iman is today the founder and Director of SCEME – Social Change Through Education in the Middle East and North Africa(www.sce-me.org). This not for profit organisation works on education for women and families and is also working on stopping the trafficking of young females from Iraq to neighbouring countries in the Middle East. Therefore, she set up SCEME, and took out a personal loan of £40,000 in order to investigate and highlight whether these abuses were taking place. She uncovered a massive abuse of children and women, trafficked from post warIraq intoSyria andJordan and consequently launched an international campaign: Karamatuna-bring their dignity back to raise awareness on this issue. Being an Arab female, she started two years ago and having been someone who has lived under occupation and suffered attacks because of her ethnicity, she is determined to find out the truth. The search for truth has provided her with the basis on which she has led her life.