Advancement of Women – April 11, 2017

Gaza’s only fisherwoman navigates dangerous waters

Al Jazeera English – April 7, 2017: Gaza City – The world may not know her name, but anyone who has visited Gaza’s seaport will recognise Madleen Kullab. The daughter of a fisherman, 22-year-old Kullab is the only female fisher in Gaza. It was not her choice to follow her father’s path: As a child, she dreamed of becoming a fashion designer, but the winds do not always blow as the vessels wish.

The first time Kullab took to the sea with her father, she was just six years old. After her father was diagnosed with acute myelitis, an inflammation of the spinal cord, he lost his ability to work. Kullab, then 13, made the unusual decision to pick up her father’s fishing gear.

Robredo says women leaders key to progress

Gulf Times – April 5, 2017: For the world to progress, it needs more women leaders, Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo said in a speech on Tuesday and delivered during the Liberal Forum on Women in Leadership Roles in South Africa.

The event was organised by the Friedrich Neumann Foundation for Freedom.

“The diversity of opinion and perspective provided by strong and skilled women in board rooms, in local governance, in legislation, in multi-lateral organisations, in trade and finance, and in development work, ensures a more balanced, more inclusive world,” Robredo said in her keynote speech.

(Maria Leonor “Leni” Santo Tomas Robredo is a Filipino lawyer and social activist who is the 14th and current Vice President of the Philippines).

2017 International Women of Courage Award

US Department of State – March 30, 2017: First Lady Melania Trump and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon presented the 2017 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage (IWOC) Award to a group of extraordinary women from around the world on March 29 at the State Department.

The Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award annually recognizes women around the globe who have demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality, and women’s empowerment, often at great personal risk. Since the inception of this award in 2007, the State Department has honored over 100 women from more than 60 different countries.

Key forum to promote higher share of women in ME aviation sector

Trade Arabia – April 3, 2017: Eminent international women leaders from the aviation industry will converge at the 2nd Women in Aviation General Assembly on May 15th to promote the higher participation of women in the Middle East’s robust aviation sector.

Hosted by Airport Show 2017, the General Assembly and Student Career Orientation Programme is being organised in partnership with Women in Aviation (Middle East Chapter) and will involve participation of aviation experts of international acclaim and over 200 attendees. The forum will help connect government and private companies, which are keen on hiring women, with aspiring professionals in the aviation sector.


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