Isma Benboulerbah is a strong and passionate feminist activist and has been working for years on fighting sexual and gender-based violence and harmful traditional practices. She is the Network Director of the European Youth Network on Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YouAct) and the Programmes Officer at End Female Genital Mutilation European Network.
After several years of professional experience in France, West Africa and with women from the Arab-Muslim diaspora and FGM-affected communities in Europe, Isma is recognised for her important knowledge on sexual and reproductive rights, gender-based violence and especially harmful traditional practices targeting bodies of girls and women. As a proud Muslim intersectional feminist, Isma has been committed in including and analysing discrimination, racism and islamophobia in the fight for women’s rights and to end all forms of violence.
As a woman of color, my first interactions with feminist organizations and activists are not my best memories. I wasn’t born a feminist but I became one despite all the odds and the toxic feminism that I came across along the way.