Muzoon Almellehan

HONORARY DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF LAWS

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Youth activist and Unicef Goodwill Ambassador Muzoon Almellehan began campaigning for children’s rights while living in Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp.

Born in 1998, Muzoon lived in a series of refugee camps for three years after fleeing the conflict in Syria with her family in 2013. In Za’atari, she began working with Unicef, campaigning for the rights of children, particularly girls, to an education. She accompanied Malala Yousafzai during two visits to the camp.

Muzoon has been advocating for children’s rights worldwide ever since and, in 2017, was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador to Unicef – the youngest ever appointed at that time and the first person who holds refugee status to be appointed.

A Unicef No Lost Generation Champion, Muzoon lives in the UK with her family and is studying International Politics at university. She continues to work with Unicef to speak for voiceless children and travels around the world advocating for them whenever she can.

She has been awarded a host of honours including being named in the BBC’s 100 Influential and Inspirational Women, TIME’s 30 Most Influential Teens and Teen Vogue’s 21 Under 21, and has been awarded a Glamour Women of the Year Award.

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