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Safa Al Hashem – Kuwait’s Lone Women’s Voice in Parliament

| January 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Fourteen women put their names forth and campaigned for Kuwaitis to elect them into the upcoming parliament, but only one woman – Safa Al Hashem – prevailed. By winning her seat, Al Hashem became the ninth woman to be elected to Kuwait’s National Assembly since women gained the right to vote and run in national […]

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Nasreen Al-Issa – ‘Know Your Rights’ App for Saudi Women

| January 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Nasreen Al-Issa, a corporate lawyer in Saudi Arabia, launched “Know Your Rights” recently, after realising many women did not know many of their basic rights. At first, the lawyer thought of publishing a book, but then she decided to go electronic. “I realised a lot of people are on their phones. It is an app […]

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Haseena Abdulla – Woman Psychotherapist Wins International Laurels

| January 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Mangaluru: Haseena Abdulla, from Karnataka’s Dakshina Kannada  district, recently received an international certificate in transactional analysis psychotherapy. She is reportedly the third Muslim woman in the world to achieve this feat. Daughter of K. Abdulla Parkala of Manipal, Haseena received the certificate by the International Transactional Analysis Association  at a conference recently. This award is an […]

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29 Women Nominated to Saudi Shoura Council

29 Women Nominated to Saudi Shoura Council

| January 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Kawthar Al-Arbash, Mody AlKhalaf and Leena K. Almaeena, all named as new members of Saudi Arabia’s Shoura Council by King Salman. Riyadh: Saudi King Salman nominated 150 members to the Shoura Council recently, among them are 29 women. Headed by the Speaker, the Shoura Council has the power to propose laws to the King and […]

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Muslim Woman Elected Kolhapur Mayor

Muslim Woman Elected Kolhapur Mayor

| January 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Haseena Faras (61) of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) was elected the mayor of Kolhapur in Maharashtra on December 8. She stood for municipal elections last year defying the fatwa against Muslim women contesting the municipal election. The fatwa had been issued by the Majlis e Shoora Ulmae Shahar. She represents the Nationalist Congress Party of […]

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Ginella Massa – Hijab-clad News Anchor Makes History in Canada

Ginella Massa – Hijab-clad News Anchor Makes History in Canada

| January 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Toronto: Ginella Massa, a news reporter for CityNews in Toronto, recently anchored her first newscast in Canada, becoming the first hijabi Muslim to achieve this significant milestone. “I always wanted to work in broadcasting or media in some capacity, and my real desire was to be in front of the camera,” Ginella says. “But in the back […]

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Shamsia Hassani – Kabul’s Female Graffiti Expert

Shamsia Hassani – Kabul’s Female Graffiti Expert

| January 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Walk down an alley in Kabul, Afghanistan and you might spot a painting of a sharp-featured woman in a blue burqa on the side of a building. That’s the work of Shamsia Hassani, Kabul’s master graffiti artist and a fine arts lecturer at Kabul University. Through fast-acting and inventive new techniques, Hassani’s bringing a world […]

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Sayida Ounissi – Tunisia’s Youngest Minister has a Vision

Sayida Ounissi – Tunisia’s Youngest Minister has a Vision

| January 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Tunis: In 2011, for the first time in nearly two decades, Sayida Ounissi returned to Tunisia with the freedom to be open about her political beliefs and affiliations. Her arrival was tentative—she did not intend to stay long, nor did she have major political aspirations. But the 29-year-old did not go unnoticed. She now serves […]

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UN Environmental Award for Afroze Shah

UN Environmental Award for Afroze Shah

| January 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Afroze Shah is being recognised for inspiring hundreds of volunteers over the past year, to help rid Mumbai’s Versova Beach of 4,000 tons of plastic, glass and filth that had built up on the sand. Mumbai: Indian lawyer, Afroz Shah has been adjudged the winner of the ‘Champions of the Earth Award by the United Nations. […]

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Children Bear the Brunt of Yemen’s Ongoing War

| January 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

UNICEF: One Child Dies Every 10 minutes in Yemen More than 400,000 children are at risk of starvation in Yemen, with nearly 2.2 million in need of urgent care, according to the UN children’s agency UNICEF. New figures indicate that hunger among children has reached an “all-time high”, with at least 462,000 suffering from severe […]

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