Writer and Academic
“The Arab Spring revolutionised our streets and our politics but not our societies. We still need an intellectual revolution where we don’t simply copy the western model but develop our own model of freedom and democracy; a model that takes into account the things that matter to us. Religion will always be an important part of Arab society. We need to reduce its influence on our politics but keep it as an important part of who we are while developing tolerance and respect for our differences. It will take time but we will get there.” Samar Samir Mezghanni
Samar is a young Tunisian writer with two records in the Guinness Book of World Records as the youngest writer in the world in 2000 (aged 12) and the most prolific writer in the world in 2002. She has written over a hundred short stories for children and published 14 books. Some of her stories were turned into a TV program for children produced in Cairo.
Samar has received awards and recognition for her work from different princes, presidents, foundations and associations. She was named one of the most Powerful Arab women in 2013 and one of the 30 Top Arab Achievers under 30 in 2012. She is a member of various international and regional NGOs and a member of the Arab Thought Foundation Advisory Board.
Samar studied Communication and Culture in the UK and she has worked with the British Council and the United Nations as a consultant on civil society and youth programs. She is now a PhD candidate in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge.
BASED IN: Cambridge, UK
LANGUAGES: English, Arabic, French and Spanish
Samar’s blog for International Women’s Day 2013
blog on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for International Women’s Day March 2013
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BBC Viewpoint: Tunisian writer Samar Samir Mezghanni