Advancement of Women – June 30, 2017

Aleppo girl Bana Alabed named among Time’s most influential people on internet

Daily Sabah – June 26, 2017: An eight-year-old Syrian girl who drew global attention with her Twitter updates from the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo was named one of the most influential people on the internet by Time Magazine.

Other people on this year’s list included British author J.K. Rowling, pop singer Rihanna, celebrity Kim Kardashian, and U.S. President Donald Trump. Time makes its annual choice based on those with global influence on social media and in generating news headlines.


Al Jazeera’s 101 East wins award for focus on women

Gulf Times – June 17, 2017: Aela Callan has been named the 2017 winner of the Jane Cunningham Croly Award for Excellence in Journalism, covering issues of concern to women for her film broadcast on Al Jazeera’s 101 East programme.

Callan won the award for Good Morning Pakistan, a film about female reporters risking their lives to deliver the news, Al Jazeera Media Network has said in a press statement. The documentary aired on 101 East, Al Jazeera’s weekly Asian current affairs programme.

The Jane Cunningham Croly Award recognises journalists who best capture the courage, vision and spirit of Jane Cunningham Croly, a pioneering journalist who devoted her life to helping women improve their lives and expand their rights.


Emma Watson takes feminist book ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ to Paris

Gulf News – June 23, 2017: Emma Watson takes feminist book ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ to Paris

‘Harry Potter’ actress and goodwill ambassador for the UN on women’s rights left about 100 copies of the book across the French capital

This file photo taken on March 13, 2017 shows British actress Emma Watson attending the New York special screening of Disney’s live-action adaptation ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at Alice Tully Hall in New York City. “Harry Potter” star Emma Watson spent June 22, 2017 hiding copies of Margaret Atwood’s classic novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” across Paris to promote feminism. “I’m hiding copies all over Paris!” the actor best known for playing Hermione Granger said on Twitter. Atwood’s 1985 novel — which has now been turned into a hit television series starring Elisabeth Moss of “Mad Men” fame — is about a dystopian world where women are reduced to being the child-bearing slaves of male masters./ AFP / ANGELA WEISS


Women workers in capital treated to a special iftar get-together

Gulf News – June 22, 2017: Abu Dhabi: It was the first time in her ten-year life in Abu Dhabi as a cleaner that she was invited to an iftar get-together. “It was a new experience for me. I enjoyed delicious food with all my colleagues and new friends. It was so nice,” Saroja, 49, an Indian, told Gulf News.

She and her colleagues tried their best in a craft activity to create a decorated glass holder.

“In the given thirty minutes, they made wonderful designs that impressed us,” said Sunita Wagle, president of the Indian Ladies Association (ILA) in Abu Dhabi, which organised the event last week.

Around 40 women from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, India and the Philippines, who work as cleaners and housemaids in the city, participated in various entertainment and educational activities as part of the iftar gathering.


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