Latifa Ibn Ziaten

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Latifa Ibn Ziaten of France and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in 2016

Latifa Ibn Ziaten (Arabic: لطيفة بن زياتن) is an activist from France. She started the Imad Association for Youth and Peace for interfaith understanding. In 2016, she received an International Women of Courage Award.[1]

Latifa ibn Ziaten was born in Morocco. She is Muslim. When she was a teenager, she moved to France. In 2012, Latifa's son, Imad, died in a terrorist attack. Imad was a French soldier.[1]

Latifa went to the neighborhood of her son's killer in Toulouse. She talked to the boys in the neighborhood. The boys told her the killer was a hero of Islam. When she told them her son was killed, they apologized. Then Latifa decided to start an organization to help the young people. She tells young people to learn about Islam from their parents, not from the internet. Latifa receives threats and has a bodyguard.[2]

Awards[change | change source]

  • Conflict Prevention Prize[3] from the Jacques Chirac Foundation, 2015
  • Prix de la Tolérance[4] from the Friends of Marcel Rudloff, 2016.

Other websites[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Remarks at the International Women of Courage Awards Ceremony".
  2. "Mother Of Slain French Soldier Fights Against Radicalization".
  3. Hemidach, Amjad. "Morocco's Latifa Ben Ziaten Wins Jacques Chirac Foundation 'Conflict Prevention' Award".
  4. MAHLER, Nicolas. "Association les Amis de Marcel Rudloff - Défendre l'esprit de Tolérance - Prix de la tolérance 2016".