Alaa Murabit was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Graduating from high school at the age of 15, she moved to Zawia, Libya and started working and studying at the College of Medicine at the University of Zawia, where she became the first (and only) female member of the Student Council. It was during this time that she realized how many unanswered demands Libyan women had. She has also volunteered at numerous organizations, including the Kids Help Phone, Sherbrooke Community Center, and Saskatchewan Abilities Council as well as Zawia Teaching Hospital and makeshift clinics during the revolution.A frequent speaker in international conferences and forums, she is the founder of The Voice of Libyan Women, a women’s empowerment and development NGO in Libya, focusing on the belief that women can create not only a dialogue but also a platform in which women can participate in a new, free Libya in which they can be architects of their own future. The Voice of Libyan Women organized the First Ever International Women’s Conference in Libya, “One Voice”, and was recently awarded the Women Deliver Top 50 for the Libyan Women’s Charter.