Women’s Voice

The teenagers, who hail from the western city of Herat, took the Entrepreneurial Challenge at the Robotex festival, which was held in Estonia. It has been a year of travel difficulties, project setbacks and family heartbreak, but a girls’ robotics team from Afghanistan has made a comeback.The group of teenagers won an award at a top […]

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Five years ago, when engineer Amel Amin joined the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre in the UAE, there was only one female engineer employed there. But, fast forward to today, more than 80 per cent of applications received by the centre are from women. Women are taking a lead role when it comes to engineering […]

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Empathizing with the sufferings of the cancer patients who had lost their hair to chemotherapy, 15 women from Abu Dhabi recently donated their hair to help make wigs for cancer patients in a show of solidarity. Members of the Mortho Mariyam Samajam, the women’s wing of the St George Jacobite Syrian Simhasana Cathedral Al Ain, […]

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Can cinema help raise awareness of women’s issues and give lawmakers a sense of what Egyptian women need? Mona Mounir, a member of the Egyptian parliament who launched an independent initiative, dubbed Women’s Cinema, believes that films and post-screening discussions can help women understand their rights. “The initiative aims at raising women’s awareness about their rights by showing short […]

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Bahrain has appointed Dr. Shaikha Rana Bint Isa al-Khalifa as the first women Under Secretary under the Kingdom’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has been working as an assistant under-secretary for Arab and Afro-Asian Affairs and organizations with the foreign ministry since April 2011. She has previously participated in several of bilateral and multilateral meetings […]

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Saudi women are now allowed to issue fatwas following a vote in the Shoura Council. The historic move was approved by 107 votes and ends 45 years of only specialist men being able to issue fatwas in the Kingdom. The female muftis are to be chosen by a royal decree. The Shoura Council approved the […]

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The lifting of the Saudi driving ban is not motivated by concern for women’s rights, but rather strategic interest. By Rafia Zakaria The royal decree came on a Tuesday during the month of Muharram, while many of the world’s Muslims were mourning. Announced simultaneously on Saudi state television and via a live media event in Washington, DC, King […]

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