For nearly 30 years, I was a stateless person.
That meant I had no country, no nationality, and I was not recognized as a citizen of the place where I was born. I could not go to school, travel, or even go to the hospital. I fought for decades to be counted as a human being. To belong. Through great determination and resilience, I achieved my dream, but not in the way you might expect.
Life doesn’t always go the way we plan it. Life goes the way it comes and then the way we choose to live it. As a motivational speaker and defender of human rights, I can now share with others how I achieved my dream against all odds and inspire others to realize their true potential, their dreams. After all, there are many things we don’t get to choose—where we are born, who our family is—but we can choose to never give up!
Transforming Mindsets with Moving Speeches
Maha has told her story in nearly 20 countries around the world. She’s spoken at seminars and events for corporations, schools and colleges, humanitarian-aid organizations, and governments. She’s given interviews to countless media outlets and publications.
Whether you’re looking to raise awareness of statelessness or wanting to motivate an audience around a theme of resiliency or grit, Maha can tailor her talk to align with your goals.
Activist to End Statelessness
Sharing her story is one of the primary ways Maha raises awareness of the plight of the stateless. It is difficult to know the exact number of stateless persons in the world, but the UNHCR estimates there are many millions globally, of which approximately one third are children.
To help people who are denied a nationality, Maha has become a tireless champion and a well-known face of the UNHCR campaign #IBELONG (alongside celebrity crusader Cate Blanchett). She has also committed to helping the stateless by collecting and sharing resources that will help people find legal advocacy and assistance around the world.
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