Rahma Sghaier

Hermes Center

Rahma Sghaier is a 25-year-old international citizen born in Tunisia and currently based in Milan, where she leads outreach and localization efforts at the Hermes Center for Transparency and Digital Human Rights supporting NGOs, media, and investigative journalists to create secure whistleblowing platforms.

She obtained a Bachelor Degree in Law and Political Science at the Faculty of Juridical, Political and Social Sciences, Tunis and is about to obtain her research Master's degree at the same university on the public opinion and the phenomenon of corruption in post-revolutionary Tunisia.

She has been active in various Tunisian and international human rights NGOs with a focus on youth empowerment, citizen journalism and the use of technology for social change and has been writing online for 6 years with a focus on reporting human rights violations and political transformations in Tunisia collaborating and sharing her articles in different media outlets such as Nawaat, The Huffington Post, and Yala Press.

As an independent researcher, she has been recently working on Safe First Contact, a project that aims to audit and improve digital security skills of communities at risk in MENA, being independent journalists/media, bloggers, religious minorities, civil society/political activists, sexual minorities and human rights NGOs/HRDs, for what relates to their first contact/community-building methods.

In July 2016, she was nominated by The Guardian as one of Africa's top 10 emerging talents to lead the continent's digital transformation.

In November 2017, she was nominated as one of 20 youth from the MENA region to participate in the 2017 edition of SafirLab by the French Institute and CFI,  a social innovation "accelerator" programme that supports project leaders from North Africa and the Middle East in addressing the issues facing civil society and the media.

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