Newsletter on the Advancement of Women
Trade Arabia – January 18, 2017: The unique film festival which gives audiences a powerful view of the world as seen through the eyes of women will present a fascinating collection of short works from around the world when it returns to cinema screens in Dubai.
The fourth edition of the World of Women’s Cinema – WOW Film Fair Middle East, held in association with VOX Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates, will feature around 58 films predominantly by female directors, producers, writers, editors and cinematographers from March 3-8.
Politico – January 24, 2017: Nikki Haley is headed from the South Carolina statehouse to the world stage. The Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved the Republican governor’s nomination as the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, as Democrats put up little of the resistance they have to some of President Donald Trump’s other Cabinet picks. Haley was approved on a 96-4 vote. The daughter of Indian immigrants will be one of the few women and minorities in Trump’s Cabinet, and some on the left hope she will be a moderating force in the new administration.
Politico – January 21, 2017: Demonstrators flooded into Washington on Saturday cheering for unity but also vowing to press elected Democrats on progressive causes. Crowds for the Women’s March on Washington, as the rally is known, stretched more than 14 blocks down Independence Avenue near the National Mall by midday Saturday—a turnout so large that some pockets of attendees began marching in place. Protesters also marched in cities across the U.S. and abroad, including Chicago, London, and Los Angeles. Marchers in New York went past Trump Tower.
Forbes Middle East – January 19, 2017: When Liz Cheney, the daughter of then Vice President Dick Cheney, described Dina Habib Powell in 2005 as “an Arab woman who could serve as a role model to the Middle East,” Cheney’s laudatory comments hardly captured just how fast and how far this Egyptian-born immigrant would rise in both U.S. politics and business. At that time, Habib Powell, then 33, was in charge of staff hires under President George W. Bush and soon would became assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs in his administration.
Powell’s new role: economic assistant and senior counselor for economic initiatives for President Donald Trump. “Dina Powell is a tremendous talent and has a stellar record of public service as well as a great career in the private sector,” Trump said in a release.
AME info – January 15, 2017: Four Arab women scientists were awarded the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Middle East Fellowship endowments last October, to support their outstanding work as women scientists in the Middle East. Hanifa Taher Al Blooshi from the UAE, Dr Maha Al Asmakh from Qatar, Shimaa Hassan Eissa from Saudi Arabia and Lila Habib from Kuwait were selected from a diverse and highly qualified pool of applicants.
Roll Call – January 18, 2017: Texas Rep. Kay Granger is the new chairwoman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, which drives the allocation of more than half a trillion dollars annually to the military.
That’s not a fair jape anymore. Exactly a century after the arrival of the first female elected to Congress, Jeannette Rankin of Montana, her GOP successors will be wielding more titular power in the Republican-run House than ever. Women will soon be presiding over three standing committees, a record for the party, while a fourth has taken over what’s arguably the chamber’s single most consequential subcommittee. Read more about these 4 congresswoman.
Dead Spin – January 23, 2017: On the eve of the Women’s March in Washington, a group of female athletes gathered together at a tiny Mexican bar minutes from the Capitol building. “I’m in a position,” said Joanna Lohman, a midfielder for the Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League, “where I truly believe I have a responsibility to use sport in a way that can help to change the world.”
Soolmaz Abooali, an Iranian-American refugee and 11 time U.S. National champion in traditional karate, has long used sport as a way to shift the political ground. She is currently finishing her PhD in conflict resolution at George Mason University, with a focus on how non-governmental organizations use sport to reduce violence, so participating in this march fit perfectly into her work.
“I grew up with stories of my mother protesting on the streets of Tehran, defying cultural norms,” Abooali told me. “…so for me to continue that tradition of being a woman in the streets fighting for human rights, and women’s rights, is very special for me. The other reason is to serve as a voice for those who don’t have access to sport, particularly for my fellow Muslim female athletes in other countries.”
NDTV – January 16, 2017: She may not be working in the White House, but that doesn’t mean Ivanka Trump is staying out of politics.
Trump, who has made clear she wants to push for policies benefiting women and girls, last week sought the advice of a group of female executives and media stars in New York City. And transition aides have reached out to congressional staff on childcare policies, an area she has urged President-elect Donald Trump to prioritize.