WYAMENA Holds a Successful 2021 online Emerging Leaders Conference

November 27, 2021, MENA – World Youth Alliance Middle East & North Africa (WYAMENA) holds its annual 2021 Emerging Leaders Conference on the theme of “Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia”. 

The main aim of WYAMENA ELC 2021 is to empower youth in understanding Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia and gain knowledge about what is required to respect each person’s dignity in end-of-life care in light of law, policy, and practice, with a special concern for the protection of the vulnerable and much more; all in the context of MENA.


The conference had four main speakers with a Q&A session for each one of them, and a break for participants to think and reflect on the content presented by the speakers.

The first speaker was Mona Rakhawy from Egypt who talked about Physician-Assisted Suicide: Historical and Religious Perspective in the Middle East.

The 2nd speaker was Sofia Piecuch, WYA Director of Advocacy, who spoke about True Compassion in End of Life Care.

The 3rd speaker was Alejandro Suarez, a graduate student at the New York University’s Center for Bioethics, who spoke about Autonomy in Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia.

The ELC was wrapped up by the 4th speaker, Calum Miller, who graduated from the University of Oxford Medical School in 2015 and currently works as a medical doctor in the UK,  he presented Arguments For and Against Euthanasia.

The ELC had over 52 participants from over MENA who shared their thoughts later on in the conference in small breakout rooms where WYAMENA Regional Interns facilitated the chat and the exchange of thoughts.

You can also take part in the next ELC and future events. All you need to do is sign up to become a WYAMENA member.

For questions, please email mena@wya.net