Al Jazeera – April 11, 2017: Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has been appointed a UN Messenger of Peace to promote girls’ education, more than four years after a Taliban gunman shot her in the head.
At 19, Yousafzai is the youngest Messenger of Peace, the highest honour given by the UN for an initial period of two years.
She was also the youngest person to win the Nobel peace prize in 2014 when she was 17.
The Times of Israel – April 5, 2017: The Foreign Ministry on Wednesday appointed Rasha Atamny, 31, to represent the Jewish state in Ankara, Turkey, making her Israel’s first female Muslim diplomat.
Atamny, who is completing the final months of the ministry’s cadet course, will serve as the embassy’s first secretary in the influential Muslim nation.
Al Jazeera – April 16, 2017: Tripoli, Lebanon – To anyone’s knowledge, Rola Sleiman is the first female pastor in the entirety of the Arab Christian world.
It’s a straightforward tale: a young churchgoing girl decides to study theology in university, and upon graduation returns to the church of her youth in Tripoli, Lebanon. The only twist is that she is the first woman to reach such a vocation.
“I didn’t really have it in my head to become a pastor,” says Sleiman as she sat in Tripoli’s National Evangelist Presbyterian Church. And yet, she became an officially ordained pastor on February 26, 2017 – a historic appointment for a role which had previously been restricted to men.
Gulf News – April 18, 2017: Dubai: The new strategic plan (2017-2021) for the Dubai Women’s Establishment (DWE) was launched on Tuesday by Shaikha Manal Bint Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the UAE Gender Balance Council, President of the DWE and wife of Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
The new strategic plan will serve as the foundation for the next phase in the DWE’s ongoing work to enhance the participation of Emirati women in social, economic and political fields, and their influence across various sectors said Shaikha Manal.
Al Arabiya English – April 13, 2017: There has been celebrations all over Saudi social media blogs over the extraordinary accomplishments of a female Saudi scientist. They have hailed the scientific achievements of Dr. Ghada Almutarie.
Saudis and many Arab social media surfers painted Ghada as pride of all Arabs and Muslims, asserting the worthiness of her research to future Nobel Prize nomination. During Friday prayers, Minister Sheikh Adnan Ibrahim described Ghada as “pride for the entire nation that will change the world of medical care”.
The National – April 18, 2017: DUBAI // New plans for improving Emirati women’s participation in the workforce were announced on Tuesday by Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed.
Dubai Women Establishment’s plan for this year through 2021 involves four pillars and was announced as part of the organisation’s 10th anniversary, reported Wam, the state news agency.
“We are very proud of what we’ve achieved in enhancing the representation of Emirati women across various industries,” said Sheikha Manal, who is president of the UAE Gender Balance Council, president of Dubai Women Establishment, and wife of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
The National – April 17, 2017: As well as being a member of Emirates NBD’s group executive committee, Lubna Qassim also sits on the board of a Lebanese bank. It’s a rare position for a female to be in, given the global average of women sitting on boards today is 16 per cent and in the GCC it’s a dismal 2 per cent, according to a recent study by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (Acca) Middle East.
Ms Qassim, an Emirati, says other board members at the Lebanese bank are former ministers and influential members of the Lebanese community, ranging in age from 70 to 90. “It was amazing just to see the reaction at the first board meeting,” she says. “For the first time in their entire careers, a woman walks in. Of course, I giggled internally. They had worked with women – their PAs, their supporters – but here there was a female board member who was not only there to nod heads, but to speak smartly.”