This Refugee's Street Art Brings Attention To Important Women's Issues (Video)
It's no secret graffiti often gets a bad rap.
However, some artists use their graffiti for a good cause and paint public spaces as a way to promote social change.
I recently came across Laila Ajjawi, one woman on a mission to change the world with her creative abilities.
Ajjawi is a 25-year-old artist who lives in a Palestinian refugee camp in Irbid, Jordan.
Ajjawi's grandparents were two of the estimated 700,000 Palestinians forced out of their homes during the 1948 Arab-Israeli conflict, and as a result, her family was born and raised in refugee camps.
Ajjawi creates all sorts of stunning murals to empower young women and refugees in Jordan, while also challenging the norms of the street-art scene in the Middle East.
She uses spray paint to bring attention to her culture's treatment of women, who are expected to be subservient in male-dominated societies of the Middle East, and peacefully protests discrimination against Palestinian refugees.
Ajjawi wants others to talk about her art and help spread the message she sends with each mural. She told Cosmopolitan,
My energy will be reflected from walls to people.
Ajjawi hopes her artwork will show young women they have the power to control their lives.
Check out the video for a closer look at Ajjawi's incredible street art.