Aicha el-Wafi is an activist with the French feminist group Ni Putes Ni Soumise, working with Muslim women.
Her son, Zacarias Moussaoui, was tried in relation to the September 11, 2011 World Trade Center attacks. In 2006, Moussaoui received a life sentence for his role in the terrorist activities. He is the only person thus far to be directly charged in relation to the attacks.
In November 2002, Phyllis Rodriguez, whose 31 year-old son died in the attacks, along with several other relatives of victims of the attacks, were invited to meet el-Wafi. el-Wafi and Rodriguez formed a strong bond and began to work with the Forgiveness Project, among other organizations. Rodriguez and el-Wafi have since appeared together throughout the United States and Europe, telling their story of reconciliation and forgiveness.
On October 3, 2007, el-Wafi and Rodriguez jointly received the Die Quadriga Award as “role models for reconciliation.” The award is presented every year on the anniversary of German re-unification to political, economic, and cultural personalities who show vision, courage, and responsibility. The two also appeared together in 2010 TED talk.