Artwork for podcast At The Table with Alaa Murabit
Finding the Poetry in Advocacy with Najwa Zebian
Episode 1231st December 2020 • At The Table with Alaa Murabit • Alaa Murabit
00:00:00 01:03:05

Share Episode


Lebanese Canadian activist, author, and speaker, Najwa Zebian, joins Alaa on this week’s episode. Najwa discusses what it feels like to belong and not belong at the same time, using her love of poetry to fuel her advocacy and what it means to be our real self.  

Being At The Table means:

“Showing up as the real me and showing up with compassion for both myself, as a human being, and for the person sitting across from me” – Najwa Zebian

Highlights from the Conversation:

  • Living a simple life in Lebanon and the culture shock of coming to Canada at the age of 16
  • Finding her calling as a teacher in university and doing her practicum as Muslim in a Catholic school
  • Growing up with poetry and how it shaped how she looked and interacted with the world
  • Using poetry as a mode for advocacy for change in a system that was not set up for the success of those who did not learn English at a young age
  • Publishing her book during a dark period of her life
  • Choosing our real self
  • And more!

About the Guest:

Najwa Zebian is a Lebanese-Canadian activist, author, speaker, and educator. Through her three books, her podcast (Stories of the Soul) and her own digital school (Soul Academy), she continues to give a voice to countless souls out there aching to be heard.

About the Host:

Alaa Murabit is an award-winning medical doctor, global security strategist, women’s rights advocate and United Nations High-Level Commissioner on Health, Employment & Economic Growth and Sustainable Development Goal Global Advocate.

Thanks for listening!

Thanks so much for listening to our podcast! If you enjoyed this episode and think that others could benefit from listening, please share it using the social media buttons on this page.

Do you have some feedback or questions about this episode? Leave a comment in the section below!

Subscribe to the podcast

If you would like to get automatic updates of new podcast episodes, you can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher. You can also subscribe in your favorite podcast app.

Leave us an Apple Podcasts review

Ratings and reviews from our listeners are extremely valuable to us and greatly appreciated. They help our podcast rank higher on Apple Podcasts, which exposes our show to more awesome listeners like you. If you have a minute, please leave an honest review on Apple Podcasts.