Founding Director of Liberal Democracy Institute of Egypt, Human Rights Activist, and Blogger
Hijri 1402–Present (AH); Common Era 1982–Present (CE)
Dalia Ziada is an Egyptian blogger, human rights activist socio-political analyst and writer championing women’s rights, civil rights, and liberal democratization. She has been honored by Newsweek as one of the 150 most influential women in the world and by Time magazine as a Muslim rights champion. She was selected by Daily Beast as one of the world’s 17 bravest bloggers and is also a recipient of the Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Journalist Award and Tufts University Presidential Award.1 Dalia’s interest in activism began as a child when she wanted to change her family’s stance on women’s rights. As an undergraduate, she launched a campaign together with four classmates to create awareness about the consequences of female genital mutilation. After graduation, her interest evolved to encompass not only women’s rights but human rights more broadly including freedom of expression in the Middle East. In 2007, she began her work with the Cairo office of the American Islamic Congress (AIC). Her accomplishments include the inauguration of the Middle East’s first human rights film festival and the launching of the 5F campaign to promote religious tolerance in Egypt. Through her work at AIC, she has advised local and regional policymakers along with members of the US State Department and Congress. In June 2009, she was invited to attend the historical speech of President Obama to the Muslim world in Cairo. Currently, Ziada is the Founding Director of Liberal Democracy Institute of Egypt (LDI), a youth-led think tank, established in November 2014, with the goal to promote and advocate liberal democracy in Egypt and the Middle East, through promoting liberal values of human rights, civil liberties, and individual freedom as the basis for a democratic state. She has a MA in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She received her BA in English Literature from Ain Shams University and published her first book of poetry in 2010.2  Dalia Ziada: About Me.  ibid.  Dalia Ziada: Muslim Youth on Obama's Speech.