Nana was motivated by patriarchal structures in her community to question the nature of gender roles and violence from a young age. She studied English and Italian at Ain Shams University in Cairo, and during that time she volunteered for an NGO named A Better World, carrying out an awareness campaign against sexual harassment. She also studied fertility and its social role in rural households while living in India. After relocating to Cairo, Nana resumed my work as a freelance interpreter, working closely with scholars and journalists on topics including sexual harassment and domestic violence.

Since the Egyptian uprising, Nana has become increasingly interested in social work and civic society, and is working for an NGO named Etijah, focusing on youth and development projects, including issuing national identity cards for five million women in 10 governorates, and training grassroots workers on sexual and reproductive health.