• Olga Borzenkova | Communications Officer

Shiraz is an ambitious 23-year-old from the historic city of Alexandria, Egypt. She lives and studies programming in Izmir, Türkiye, with a dream of becoming a heart surgeon. She enjoys belly dancing, with her TikTok videos racking up thousands of views and likes.

At first glance, one would not notice the tumultuous journey this young transgender woman has faced in order to create her space in the world. The perceptive observer would notice scars on her arms which silently reveal her story.

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