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Mona Eltahawy

Mona Eltahawy is an Egyptian American journalist, activist, and social commentator. 

She was born on August 1, 1967 in Port Said, Egypt and has been a feminist and LGBTQ rights activist in the Arab world. She is also a columnist, international speaker, author of two books, and founder of the newsletter FEMINIST GIANT.

Before her rise to fame, Mona received her Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from the American University in Cairo. 

Throughout her career, Mona received several awards, such as the European Union’s Samir Kassir Prize for Freedom of the Press in 2009, the Estlow International Center for Journalism’s Anvil of Freedom Award in 2010, and the Missouri School of Journalism’s Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism in 2012. In 2005, the American Society for Muslim Advancement named her a Muslim Leader of Tomorrow. 


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