Designation ceremony of Ahlem Mosteghanemi as a UNESCO Artist for Peace
The Director-General of UNESCO, Ms Irina Bokova will designate the famous Algerian writer, Ms Ahlem Mosteghanemi as a UNESCO Artist for Peace (2016-2018) in recognition of her commitment, through her writing, to support the causes such as social justice and education of youth affected by conflict as well as her dedication to the ideals and objectives of the Organization
Known to be the most widely read writer in the Arab world, Ahlem Mosteghanemi is an Algerian novelist. Her books, including her trilogy (Memory of the Flesh, The Chaos of Senses, and Passenger of a Bed), sold millions of copies and she earned enormous popularity to the point of being followed by more than 10 million fans on Facebook.
In the 70s, Ahlem, a high school student, became famous at the age of 17 by presenting a daily poetic program on Algerian national radio. In 1973 she became the first woman in Algeria to publish in arabic language.
After 15 years in Paris and a thesis in sociology at the Sorbonne in 1984, she settled in Lebanon where her first novel Zakirat el jassad (Memory of the Flesh) had great success throughout the Arab world. She won the Naguib Mahfouz literary prize in 1998.
For more than 40 years, while enriching the Arabic literature with highly praised sentimental and poetic works, Ahlem raised awareness through her writing against corruption, injustice and for women's rights. She is the ambassador of the Algerian Foundation "Forem", which supports 13,000 orphans and is chosen personality of the year 2015 by the Foundation "Children of peace in Yemen".
Her works, taught in several universities around the world have been the subject of numerous studies and doctorates, and have influence on the new generations. Also in 2015, she was awarded, by the Mayor of London and Regent's University, the most distinguished Arab Women's Prize.