In 2005, I had sold one of my businesses and was working on a few other ventures; but I felt that I was missing something. I had benefitted of a good education and was financially successful at a young age. But I was more and more convinced that if life had given me so much, I needed to give back and participate in creating a better world.

I went to Morocco to meet NGOs who were working with children, and that’s when I met “INSAF” who assisted single mothers in reintegrating society. We quickly realized that a disproportionate number of single mothers, street girls and prostitutes were former little maids.

That’s when I met Sanaa and decided that as a man I could not let other human beings get the short hand of the stick because they were born a woman. My first and foremost argument in favour of proactively investing in girls and women’s emancipation is that societies who foster social justice and gender equality will grow and be more stable, while the ones who are oppressive and restrictive will regress.