Advancement of Women – May 10, 2017

Women take to Caracas streets as crisis deepens

Al Jazeera English – May 6, 2017: Opposition and government hold two rival women’s marches amidst controversy over arrests in the army.

Thousands of people are once again taking to the streets of Caracas, as the capital of Venezuela braces for another day of rival protests amid escalating tensions over the country’s political crisis.

Opposition leaders called for women to march on Saturday dressed in white, a traditional show of defiance, against what they brand a repressive government led by President Nicolas Maduro.

Al Jazeera’s Lucia Newman, reporting from Caracas, said the march had started in the eastern part of the city and was heading towards the foreign ministry.


HBKU to host two-day course on women’s entrepreneurship

Gulf Times – May 7, 2017: Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU) Executive Education Centre will be hosting a two-day training programme on women and entrepreneurship later this month.

The course, taking place on May 21 and 23, will delve deep into a variety of topics, such as the barriers and challenges faced by female entrepreneurs. The training programme will also highlight best practices and success stories of woman entrepreneurs in Qatar, the Arab world, and beyond.

The course will be conducted across six sessions, and give participants the opportunity to engage in interactive discussions on real-world cases and concepts that highlight opportunities, limitations, and challenges in female entrepreneurship.



Saudi Arabia to allow women to apply for government services

Gulf News – May 4, 2017: Riyadh: Saudi King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz told government authorities on Thursday to allow women to apply for services without the approval of their guardians, local media reported.

The current procedures to get various government services include providing written approval by the women’s guardians to process their applications.

Public organisations were requested to list services that women could apply to evaluate if they could be included in the order in accordance with Islamic regulations within the next three months, Sabq online news reported.

The order also demanded organisations to provide appropriate transportation services for their female employees.



First Pakistani female scuba-diving instructor breaking stereotypes

Al Arabiya English – May 10, 2017: Rosheen Khan, also known as ‘Mermaid of Churna Island’, has become the first and the only female scuba-diving instructor in Pakistan.

According to a newspaper report, Khan’s passion for scuba diving started during her teenage years when she worked at the Karachi Scuba Diving Center where she met her boss and instructor Yousuf Ali who later taught her how to scuba dive. A 20-minute documentary ‘Limitless’, that highlights Khan’s journey, was screened in Karachi on Saturday.


Nigeria leader meets 82 schoolgirls newly freed from Boko Haram extremists

Al Arabiya English – May 8, 2017: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari expressed joy Sunday night at meeting with the 82 Chibok schoolgirls newly freed from Boko Haram extremists – then jolted the country by announcing he was leaving for London immediately for medical checkups as fears for his health continue.

“We’ve always made it clear that we will do everything in our power to ensure the freedom & safe return of our daughters” and all captives of Boko Haram, Buhari said on his Twitter account.


Hundreds of new Saudi female graduates find success in landing jobs

Al Arabiya English – May, 7, 2017: The president of Effat University has said 58 percent of the university’s graduates are employed in various jobs in the Kingdom or abroad.

Dr. Haifa Jamal Al-Lail was speaking at a graduation ceremony at the university on Thursday.

“The number of our graduates has reached 1,300 and 58 percent of them have received job opportunities nationally and internationally, while 11 percent are completing their postgraduate studies,” Jamal Al-Lail said.

She added that the university has received a license from the Ministry of Education to offer a Master of Science program in Energy Engineering in two streams: Petroleum Engineering and Renewable Energy.



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