By Kelly Clarke
Khaleej Times, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) YouTube announced the launch of a partnership with the United Nations, which aims to support and empower a diverse mix of female role models and storytellers. One of those storytellers is Youtube sensation Hayla Al Ghazal. Since launching her channel at the age of 18, Hayla has built a strong family of fans who regularly tune in to catch her lifestyle and entertainment videos. Now she uses her popularity to connect with young Arab females on issues that are relevant to them and their culture. “I’ve always been passionate about empowering women and giving them the confidence that it took me 15 years to get.”
At 15, Syrian expatriate, Hayla Al Ghazal, was an introvert teenager silenced by severe shyness. Now, five years on, with more than 600,000 subscribers to her YouTube channel ‘Hayla TV‘, she has just been appointed the UAE’s ‘Change Ambassador’.
“I was fed up of being the shy girl, so I set a goal to change it. I got ambitious and I found my voice,” she told Khaleej Times.
On Wednesday, YouTube announced the launch of its partnership with the United Nations, which aims to support and empower a diverse mix of female role models and storytellers.
Noted as the ‘Change Ambassadors’, Hayla joins six other women from around the world who will now embark on a journey to empower female creators on the popular video-sharing website.
Aptly launched ahead of International Women’s Day (celebrated on March 8), the initiative is part of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals Action Campaign.
And for Dubai-based Hayla, the honour is all hers. “We are the first group of women on YouTube to become part of this UN partnership. I feel privileged to have my message heard on such a globalized scale.”