The anti-bullying superhero

9-year-old Aya fights bullying her own way

Dalia Younis
The anti-bullying superhero
UNICEF/Egypt 2018/Abanoub Yanni
12 December 2018

Born in Cairo, Aya Samir studies at a private school in Giza. As far as she could remember, she was bullied at school by her classmates for being dark-skinned. Nevertheless, she was brave enough to tell her story on a short, yet powerful, video on UNICEF Egypt’s Facebook page among other older bullied children.

The anti-bullying superhero
UNICEF/Egypt 2018/Abanoub Yanni
“The girls at my previous school made fun of my looks. I was mocked with questions like: how many times I shower to look that ‘dark’? I used to cry a lot. Then I decided I wasn’t going to stay quiet any more” Aya said.
The anti-bullying superhero
UNICEF/Egypt 2018/Abanoub Yanni
“As I grew older, mom built my self-confidence. She used to tell me to make their bad words pass over my head because I was beautiful”, Aya said.

           

The anti-bullying superhero
UNICEF/Egypt 2018/Abanoub Yanni
In few days, Aya’s video grabbed the attention of thousands of viewers. One of them was Abanoub Yanni (on the right), an amateur photographer who was shocked to know that this beautiful girl was bullied for the way she looked. He decided to give her a free photo session just to make her feel beautiful and improve her self-confidence.
The anti-bullying superhero
UNICEF/Egypt 2018/Abanoub Yanni
In few days, Aya’s video grabbed the attention of thousands of viewers. One of them was Abanoub Yanni (on the right), an amateur photographer who was shocked to know that this beautiful girl was bullied for the way she looked. He decided to give her a free photo session just to make her feel beautiful and improve her self-confidence.

           

The anti-bullying superhero
European Union in Egypt
On the occasion of the International Day of the girl 2018, the EU Ambassador invited Aya to meet him in person at the EU premises in Cairo to congratulate her on her courage, self-confidence and becoming a young bullying superhero for all the bullied children in Egypt.
The anti-bullying superhero
UNICEf/Egypt 2018/Dalia Younis
In collaboration with the National Council of Childhood and Motherhood (NCCM), the Ministry of Education (MoE) and funded by the European Union (EU), UNICEF Egypt launched the national campaign #ImAgainstBullying on different media platforms to raise awareness on bullying; its definition, short and long-term effects and ways to stop it.