“My name is Hayat Kebayer. I am a parliamentarian and I believe that if women work together, change can happen.
After working in the banking sector for 26 years, my career path took a surprising shift after I joined the AMAL trainings which aim to support women’s political participation and transformative leadership. In the last few years, I felt that something was going wrong in Tunisian society. The Tunisia I knew, the Tunisia my parents fought for… I had to do something but I have never imagined I would get as far as I got today.
Through the AMAL programme, I gained the required skills to be an active member in Tunisian politics. I enrolled in intense training workshops that strengthened my communication, public speaking and advocacy skills. After completing the programme, I learnt how to properly convey key messages and voice my political views by positioning myself as a leader in my community.
The Tunisian parliamentary elections of October 2014 were the perfect opportunity for me to prove myself as a leader and representative. I ran for elections and won a seat in the Tunisian parliament. My success didn’t happen overnight. It took a lot of hard work, self development and perseverance to reach my goal, especially since women have to work more to be recognized.
I don’t feel exhausted. I believe that we are going to make things change. All what I have done is out of my love to Tunisia, and I will continue my quest in representing the strong Tunisian women”.
AMAL – which means hope in Arabic – supports women’s transformative leadership in Morocco, Tunisia, Yemen and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The programme works with partner organisations to enable women from poor communities to strengthen their confidence, knowledge of their rights and their campaigning and advocacy skills. The aim is for these women to become leaders who can work with their communities reclaim their right to political and civic participation and achieve long lasting positive change.
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