I am a University of Warwick PhD student conducting research into online gender activism in the MENA region. Navigating restrictive publishing environments as a writer and editor in Cairo for several years, I became fascinated and concerned by how limitations to our freedom of expression confine our realities and imaginaries. Taking these concerns into the advocacy sphere, I contributed to the CGHR’s project advising the UNHCR on their General Comment 37 on the right of peaceful assembly. This right is fundamental to how we as academics organise and communicate our findings and concerns to the wider community. I see serving on this committee as a natural expansion of my expertise and passion for protecting these rights of expression.