Writing poetry from a young age, Emi Mahmoud started her journey to inspire hope and peace in others. She has done incredible things in her life from co-founding sickle cell research, been name one of BBCs 100 inspirational women, and has worked with President Obama and the Dalai Lama. In this episode, Emi shares her experiences that has made her the person that she is today.
Being At The Table means:
“Being comfortable enough to say wait a second, if I'm being brought here in a predefined role, and a predetermined space that I'm only allowed to stretch out as far as you're comfortable with, then I'm going to create a new route for change. One where if you want to act in the spaces that are comfortable to me, you need to meet us where We are at.” – Emi Mahmoud
Highlights from the Conversation:
- Emi’s desire to change the way people talk about peace
- Sharing her first poem about peace in front of a crowd at the age of 10
- How the regime in Sudan targeted her family but inspired her to write for change
- Inspiring others to participate in a 1000km peace walk in Sudan and having to leave the country afterwards for her own safety
- Emi shares some of her writings including one of Alaa’s favorites, Mama
- Redefining what we see as powerful
- The hypocrisy of identity politics
About the Guest:
UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and World Champion Poet, Emi Mahmoud advocates for refugees and disadvantaged communities worldwide. Named one of BBC’s 100 Most Inspirational Women, Emi co-founded a Sickle Cell research initiative at age 19. She’s since worked with President Obama, the Dalai Lama, and the World Bank, and she has moved audiences at the UN General Assembly, The World Economic Forum, Forbes 30 Under 30, and countless high-level events. The Sudanese-American author of Sisters’ Entrance she walked 1000km for peace in Sudan in 2018, mobilizing thousands of people across the way.
About the Host:
Alaa Murabit is an award-winning medical doctor, global security strategist, women’s rights advocate and United Nations High-Level Commissioner on Health, Employment & Economic Growth and Sustainable Development Goal Global Advocate.
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