Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - AUI Celebrates 25 Years of Female Innovation, Leadership, and Impact

AUI Celebrates 25 Years of Female Innovation, Leadership, and Impact

This month, Al Akhawayn University collaborates with the No Violence Alliance (NOVA) and the Leadership Development Institute (LDI) to celebrate 25 years of female innovation, leadership, and impact at AUI. These celebrations are held alongside International Women’s Day 2020, which was celebrated globally on March 8.


The month commenced with “Women’s Circle” sessions on campus last Thursday to engage the AUI community in a discussion about women’s rights, struggles in the workplace, and female leadership. The first session, entitled “Pressing Forward: Women in Leadership,” was led by AUI professors Wafa Elgarah and Deborah MacArthur. It featured an active discussion about attendees’ experiences in the workplace and advice for gaining leadership roles.  


During the second session, Professor Amal Idrissi, a professor of law at the University of Moulay Ismail in Meknes, covered women’s rights in the workplace. Both sessions were attended by a mix of female students, staff, faculty, and alumnae of AUI.


Following these discussions, community members and administrative departments were invited to write notes to impactful women at AUI on Friday. They were given free themed postcards to encourage each of the powerful women in their lives.


The remainder of the month is dedicated to “AUI Women of the Year,” who will be identified through a community-wide nomination process. The celebrations will conclude in an event to honor these women and the immense accomplishments of women throughout AUI’s history. In addition to this celebration, the LDI will host a film screening and panel discussion with female leaders during their “Women of Impact” event at the beginning of April.