GCU student Fatma volunteers for Girls' Revolution movement in Egypt

19 May 2015

Fatma Ibrahim with Dr Sally Magnusson

Fatma Ibrahim with Dr Sally Magnusson

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) student Fatma Ibrahim will travel to Egypt this summer to support the work of the country’s Girls’ Revolution movement.

Fatma, an MSc Social Business and Microfinance student in Glasgow School for Business and Society, is making the journey with the support of a GCU Magnusson Award.

Girls’ Revolution is an online movement founded to empower young Egyptian women to exercise their human rights and fight for their ambitions. Fatma will return to her home country to volunteer for the movement, and other feminist movements, organising sessions for women to share their problems with each other.

This experience will allow Fatma to gather research and identify the type of support required so that she can build a social business to meet their needs.

“Since arriving in the UK, my life has changed – I have become a more powerful women and I want to go back and empower women in my home country,” said Fatma.

“My Magnusson Award gives me the opportunity to fulfil my dream of helping these woman and showing them what they are capable of. I am so thankful for this generosity.”

Magnusson Awards are presented annually in honour of the University’s late Chancellor, the well-known journalist and broadcaster Magnus Magnusson KBE, to recognise his passion for learning and knowledge, his contribution to Scottish education and, in particular, his dedication to GCU.

Journalist and broadcaster Dr Sally Magnusson, Honorary President of the Magnusson Fellowship and an Honorary Graduate of GCU, presented Fatma with the award at a ceremony held in the University.

Fatma is one of eight students who were presented with a Magnusson Award, which will support them to volunteer with projects across the globe, bringing their expertise and knowledge to parts of the world where it will make a real and lasting difference. They are involved in projects including volunteering in a centre for the rehabilitation of malnourished children in Ghana, working on sea turtle conservation in Costa Rica and addressing environmental problems at both global and regional levels during a six-month internship with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).