Who Is She?

Dr. Laila Risgallah Wahba is a pediatrician, passionate about children and their welfare. She has a Master's degree in Pediatrics and a Ph.D. in childhood studies. In 2009 she decided to equip herself to abolish sexual abuse and bullying. She studied the Middle East Sexual Abuse Related Pastoral Counseling Diploma and graduated in 2012. Laila is known for her youth TV program Han3ishasa7 (We Will Live our Lives Right), a program targeted for youth that has shown all over the Middle East and North Africa area tackling all youth issues and problems. Laila is founder and president of Not Guilty with a goal to abolish sexual abuse and bullying. She is an Ashoka Fellow, an inspirational public speaker, author, and determined social advocate. Dr. Risgallah Wahba is passionate about strong leadership and empowering others. Her determined mission is to be a voice for the unheard and fight against sexual abuse in society. 

Laila Risgallah Wahba was born in Cairo, Egypt. Being a woman and a blonde in Egypt was not an easy life. As her father always told her, “When you are a woman you have to work double to get the same job and the same grades as a man. When you are a blonde too, then you really have to excel”. Laila has always been an entrepreneur finding solutions for tough problems. Her youth TV show was watched by 40 million a week all over the Middle East. She created the first ever anti-sexual abuse mobile app for kids: S.K.I.T. She is a compelling global speaker and trainer. She is faculty with Haggai Institute for Advanced Leadership Training.

 

Laila worked with UN as a consultant for 5 safe cities; with Ashoka as curriculum writer and trainer for the Empathy School program; with Haggai International as an international faculty; with orange as trainer; with government and international schools in Egypt as curriculum developer for sexual abuse prevention and bullying prevention; she spoke at Stanford University as part of an Ashoka team; published a book: The Silver Box; produced a documentary about harassment in factory girls: A Factory of Women; and produced an anti sexual abuse mobile app for kids: S.K.I.T. Her youth TV show is watched by 40 million a week all over the Middle East and among Arab speakers in America and Canada.

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#MeToo won the person of the year for 2017. How could a hashtag win person of the year? How many people were just waiting for something like this hashtag before they would pour out the secret they had been keeping for days, months, years, or even decades? Women, men, and children could, at last, tell the secret they had been carrying, the secret that changed their lives forever, the secret that made them see the world forever in a different light: a world that cannot be trusted.

This secret of having been sexually harassed or assaulted raises all kinds of questions, both about the secret itself and the secrecy surrounding it: why would anyone who has been sexually harassed or assaulted keep this secret? Why wouldn’t they report it immediately? Who is the predator and what does he or she look like? What are the signs of abuse, assault or harassment? What are the consequences? And finally, how can we protect our kids?

This book is for every concerned parent, social worker, caregiver, teacher, and healthcare professional who works with children. It is to help us “check the weather” with our children’s moods and behaviors so we can be aware of what is going on in their lives.

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