Advancement of Women – June 7, 2017

SBWC receives Egyptian women entrepreneurs

Gulf News – June 1, 2017: The Sharjah Business Women Council received graduates from ‘Ana Raeda,’ an initiative by Egypt’s Ministry of Trade and Industry’s Small and Medium Enterprise Development.

The meeting is in line with the Council’s targets to break barriers and open up communication with entities relevant to empowering women professionally and economically, and aims to strengthen joint cooperation. It discussed ways to develop Sharjah’s and Egypt’s women entrepreneur businesses.


Zaha Hadid: The only woman who won the Royal Gold Medal

Al Jazeera English – May 31, 2017: Renowned architect, builder of numerous iconic buildings and recipient of prestigious prizes.

Iraqi-born British architect Zaha Hadid, was the first female winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize on May 31, 2004.

She also received the UK’s most prestigious architectural award, the Stirling Prize, and she became the first woman to be awarded the 2016 Royal Gold Medal in architecture by the Royal Institute of British Architects.


60 % of Kuwaiti employees are women

Arab Times – June 4, 2017: KUWAIT CITY, June 4: Despite the absence of women in top positions of most sectors, there are many female employees in the governmental institutions.

This is what the capsized hierarchy reveals about the struggles faced by the Kuwaiti women. According to statistics issued by the Civil Service Commission (CSC), the number of Kuwaiti employees in the public sector as of April 1 reached 252,580.

They constitute 74.52 percent of the total number of employees. Among them, male Kuwaiti employees constitute 29.93 percent and female employees 44.59 percent. This means, 60 percent of the Kuwaiti employees of the public sector are women. Some experts believe the crisis faced by Kuwaiti women in taking up leadership positions in the public sector is based on many factors.


Saudi prince supports women driving

Gulf News – May 31, 2017: Manama: A Saudi former minister said that allowing women to drive was bound to happen and that women would be driving society, not just cars.

“The ban on women driving has been imposed on us, and women in the past used to lead their own camels. Women need to be empowered because they represent more than half of the society and they are highly dependable,” Prince Faisal Bin Abdullah said.


Meet the Kurdish woman leading battle against IS in northern Syria

Al Monitor – June 2, 2017: TABQA, Syria — Since the beginning of the Syrian revolution in March 2011, when the peaceful conflict turned into a military one, Kurdish factions have been working for change in Syria. A large number of the fighters in the Kurdish factions have been female, and they have gained considerable experience in leading battles against the Islamic State (IS).

Rojda Felat, one of the top commanders of the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) who fought groups like Jabhat al-Nusra at Ras al-Ain in 2012 and IS in Kobani, is now one of the leaders of a major campaign against IS — Operation Wrath of the Euphrates in northern Raqqa. The operation is headed by the People’s Protection Units (YPG), the YPJ and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) with the support of the United States. The inclusion of female fighters is an intentional response to IS members’ fear of being killed by women because that would prevent them from entering paradise.


French Open: Who is Ons Jabeur, the woman making history in tennis?

News Week – June 2, 2017: On Wednesday, at the Court Suzanne Lenglen, Roland Garros, Ons Jabeur made history.

After beating world No. 6 Dominika Cibulkova 6-4, 6-3 at the French Open on Wednesday, Jabeur held the Tunisian flag aloft in celebration: She had become not only the first woman from Tunisia to make it to the third round of a Grand Slam tournament, but also the first Arab woman.

“It feels like history, of course,” Jabeur said, as quoted by The New York Times. “But me, I like to just stay focused on the victory so I can continue to make history even more. For me, it’s not over. It’s the beginning of my dream.”


President’s daughter takes leadership role on women’s commission

The Daily Star – May 31, 2017: BEIRUT: Claudine Aoun Roukoz, the daughter of President Michel Aoun, was officially announced Tuesday as chair of the National Commission for Lebanese Women. Roukoz’s appointment came as part of the new leadership of the NCLW General Assembly, which also saw Abir Chebaro Ibrahim and former Minister Wafaa Dikah Hamzeh appointed vice presidents. Twenty-one other members of the commission were also announced Tuesday. The decree for the appointments was signed by both Aoun and Prime Minister Saad Hariri, according to a statement from the president’s office.


Editors from Egypt, Kenya given 2017 Women in News Award

The Daily Star – May 31, 2017: BEIRUT: Two women from Egypt and Kenya have been awarded the first WAN-IFRA Women in News Editorial Leadership Award in MENA and North Africa, organizers announced on Wednesday.

The Women in News (WIN) Editorial Leadership Award is part of WAN-IFRA’s Gender and Media Freedom Strategy.

Karima Kamal, columnist and contributing editor for the Egyptian daily Al Masry Al Yom, has been named the 2017 Laureate for Middle East and Africa and Pamella Sittoni, Editor of the International Desk for the Nation Media Group and Managing Editor for The East African, a weekly circulated in Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya, has been named the 2017 Laureate for Africa.

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