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Azza Soliman is an internationally renowned Egyptian human rights defender and a lawyer who works tirelessly as a women’s rights defender and human rights lawyer. In 1995, Ms. Soliman has founded the Center for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance (CEWLA) to provide legal assistance to women who are survivors of abuse and domestic violence, as well as women hailing from marginalized communities such as victims of trafficking in women and domestic violence. CEWLA seeks to provide women with the skills and abilities that enable them to exercise their life and overcome problems. Soliman is also co-founder of Musawah international movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family. She is working on progressive interpretation of Islamic law that is based on lived realities and human rights standards. Soliman works on amending family laws for both Muslims and Christians in Egypt and is calling for a civil law for all Egyptians.

Azza Soliman has been arrested and prosecuted several times and has been subject to retaliation, including financial measures. Despite all the difficulties and threats, during 25 years of her humanitarian work, she has influenced many laws in Egypt, including providing rights for children born out of wedlock and including the mother’s name on all birth certificates.

In 2020, Azza was awarded the Franco-German Human Rights and the Rule of Law Prize. In 2017, she was awarded the second place for Allard Prize in 2017  which is awarded for “exceptional courage and leadership in combating corruption or protecting human rights”.