Advancement of Women – March 1, 2017

Newsletter on the Advancement of Women

Rihanna is named Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year

Gulf News – February 24, 2017: The Grammy Award-winning singer will receive the Harvard Foundation’s Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award at a ceremony scheduled for February 28.

Rihanna is being honoured for several philanthropic efforts. She built a state-of-the-art centre for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer in her home nation of Barbados. She created the Clara and Lionel Foundation Scholarship Program — named for her grandparents — for students attending college in the US from Caribbean countries.

She also supports the Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen Project to provide children with access to education in more than 60 developing countries.

 

Push to train 10,000 female entrepreneurs in UAE and wider region

The National – February 23, 2017: In a bid to boost female entrepreneurs in the UAE and wider Mena region, the US social media network Facebook is launching #SheMeansBusiness (SMBs) to train thousands women entrepreneurs on how to leverage their online presence for their businesses.

In Mena, SMBs is partnering organisations in the UAE and Egypt to train 10,000 women in one year, Facebook said. In the UAE, it is working with Sheraa Sharjah and Emirates Foundation.

In Egypt, Ahead of the Curve will take the lead in building a team of partners to reach women across the country. Through a coalition of partners, SMBs will run a series of workshops, training sessions and online resources to arm women entrepreneurs with the knowledge, connections, skills and technology required to build and grow their business online,” the US firm said.

 

Turkey lifts ban on wearing hijab in the military

The National – February 22, 2017: Istanbul // Turkey will lift a historic ban on female officers wearing the hijab in the armed forces.

The military was the final Turkish institution where women were prohibited from wearing the headscarf, after reforms by the religiously conservative government under president Recep Tayyip Erdogan that has allowed it to be worn in education, politics and the police.

The move, ordered by the defence ministry, applies to female officers working in the general staff and command headquarters and branches, the state-run Anadolu news agency said on Wednesday.

Women may wear the headscarf underneath their cap or beret so long as it is the same colour as their uniform and does not cover their faces.

The reform will come into force once it is published in the official gazette. It will also apply to female cadets, but it was not immediately clear if it applies to women on combat missions.

Women Of Standing Rock Make A Powerful Plea Before Evacuation

The Huffington Post – February 22, 2017: In a video, shared Monday by journalist Shaun King on Twitter, the indigenous women of Standing Rock stress that demonstrations against the Dakota Access Pipeline are about much more than water.

“In the history of colonization, they’ve always given us two options: Give up our land or go to jail. Give up our rights or go to jail,” one woman says in the video. “And now, give up our water or go to jail. We are not criminals.”

 

Syrian women demand justice for detainees

Al Jazeera English – February 25, 2017: Geneva – In a blustery square across the street from the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, five Syrian women stood silent and still, each holding an elegantly framed photograph.

Just minutes earlier, a scattered group of activists and journalists had watched as the women exited the fortified UN compound and solemnly proceeded into the adjacent square. They had managed to secure a midday meeting with UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura, despite the chaos surrounding the first day of the latest round of Syria peace talks.

Their goal was to pressure de Mistura into bringing the issue of Syrian detainees to the forefront of his discussions with the government and opposition. Each woman held up the image of a loved one disappeared by Syrian government forces over the course of the six-year war.

 

Palestinian women lead resistance in Budrus

Al Jazeera English – February 25, 2017: Ramallah, occupied West Bank – When Israeli military jeeps approached the village of Budrus last month, every resident was notified within minutes.

Through the speakers of the village’s mosque, a warning was issued: Israeli forces had entered the area and were preparing to demolish a house.

Men, women and children rushed towards the site of the impending demolition. The village’s women were the first on the scene.

 

Amna Noaman reigns as UAE’s rapid chess queen

Gulf News – February 27, 2017: Dubai: Shortly after signing a contract to play under the Dubai Chess and Culture Club, Woman International Master (WIM) Amna Noaman showed why she’s the most sought-after player in the UAE women’s chess circuit by winning the UAE National Ladies Rapid Chess Championship 2017, which recently concluded in Ras Al Khaimah.

Starting the tournament as the second-highest ranked player, Noaman was limited to just 1.5 points in the first three rounds, but Dubai’s top lady talent propelled herself to the championship with a powerful six-game win streak, capped by a final-round victory over erstwhile solo-leader Woman Fide Master (WFM) Wadima Humaid Alkalbani.

Noaman scored 7.5 points from nine rounds, edging out Alkalbani and three others who had seven points apiece for the title.

 

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