The Middle East
A feminist scholar at Harvard University has earned the 2013 Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Religion for explaining why a growing number of Muslim women in the United States are wearing veils.
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The Arab Spring has failed to deliver greater political power to women in the region or to offer them better protection from sexual harassment, but may yet yield female-friendly reform, a conference on women’s rights heard on Tuesday.
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With the 2012 Doha Tribeca Film Festival underway, this annual event of the Doha Film Institute, one of the Middle East's largest film festivals, is showcasing some of the best work in new Arab and world cinema from the past twelve months. Rafea: Solar Mamas by Jehane Noujeim andMona Eldaief and Embers by Tamara Stepanyan, are two women-directed documentaries in the Festival’s “Arab Feature Film Competition” category. Women, in fact, are leaders in the film industry across the Middle East.
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Diversity in boardrooms through a greater presence of women is essential for improving the quality of corporate governance in the region, and women need to be empowered and their contributions recognised in family-owned, public as well as corporate enterprises in order for the next generation to take their rightful places on boards across the region, panelists agreed over three panel discussions at the third Arab Women Leadership Forum, organised by the Dubai Women Establishment.
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Christina Nielsen hopes she can pave the way for more women to break into motor racing in the Middle East when she becomes the first female driver to race in Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East this weekend.
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Women run only 3% of world's largest firms but more powerful than seven years ago. New research by CTPartners Executive Search Inc. said women CEOs at the world's largest corporations may not have made great progress in terms of numbers but have at least made up for it in terms of running larger and more powerful companies.
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Paper: Stepping forward or stepping back? An overview of Women’s rights in relation to the Arab Uprisings - Part 2
Part 1 of this discussion explored the role of women in the various uprisings as well as the rise of Islamism in the region and its potential impact on women. Continuing from that discussion, this paper looks into the issue of Western feminism in relation to the Arab world as well as issues affecting women which have not been given significant attention.
Read the full report at consultancyafrica.com
Read Part 1 at consultancyafrica.com
Last year’s uprisings in the Middle East launched the region into a period of turmoil that’s continuing to boil. In the midst of dictators falling, economic uncertainty and fiery protests, an unlikely group is thriving – women entrepreneurs are pushing ahead as crises loom around them.
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Despite so many threats to their freedom, Arab women continue to stage a thousand small revolutions in their everyday lives.
Read the complete essay by Amal Ghandour, communications strategist, blogger and the author of About This Man Called Ali at aeonmagazine.com