Omezzine KhelifaColumbia University Scholars 2018-2019
Founder and CEO, Mobdiun – Creative Youth
Omezzine founded her nonprofit, Mobdiun – Creative Youth, to inspire youth to become peaceful and creative change leaders in Tunisia and throughout Africa. Through a community based, youth development-centered approach, Omezzine and a group of sociologists applied a scientific methodology for asking questions, listening, and analyzing the data they collected from youth living in marginalized areas that are traditionally targeted for recruitment by extremist groups. Her research aims to understand youth vulnerabilities and barriers to inclusion as well as to explore their resilience towards violence, at the individual, family, and community levels.