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I am a Kurdish-Syrian-Swedish human rights defender with a Master's degree in International Human Rights Law from Lund University. In 2000, I founded the first Syrian organisation for the rights of people with disabilities named the Cultural Forum for Persons with Special Needs. I am also the founder of the International Platform for the Protection of Persons with Disabilities in Situations of Armed Conflicts and for Inclusive Reconstruction and Recovery. I have been strongly advocating for human rights all my life and am particularly interested in questions regarding language and justice.

I am based in Sweden and I speak Arabic, English, Kurmanji (Kurdish), Spanish, and Swedish. I conduct lectures, workshops and research in the areas of human rights, democracy and inclusive societal structures, both locally and internationally.

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MY NAME IS: Chavia Ali:

"I am a person who decided not to wait for change but to create that myself"