The Middle East is a region where women are rarely recognized for achievement. It requires a great deal of passion and persistence to stand up for personal beliefs. The following women are shining stars in the Arab world.
Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel
Al- Taweel has devoted her life to humanitarian aid, especially in Somalia and Pakistan. Her philanthropy has aided in disaster relief and helped to build an orphanage. She currently holds the position of vice chairwoman on the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation Board.
Abeer Al Otaiba
Most recognize Abeer Al Otaiba as the stunning wife of Yousef Al Otaiba https://twitter.com/yousefalotaiba1?lang=en, who is a UAE ambassador to the United States. Abeer holds a degree in civil engineering and brings a focus on quality and detail with her SemSem line of clothing. SemSem supports charities for women’s health, education, and equality, most notably the House of Eve Shelter and ADEW’s Girls’ Dreams Program in Egypt.
Doctor Hayat Sindi
Sindi earned a pharmacology degree from King’s College and went on to Cambridge to obtain a Ph.D. in biotechnology. She invented the Magnetic Acoustic Resonance Sensor (MARS) and a special tool that detects early-stage breast cancer. In addition, Sindi is director of the non-profit Diagnostics For All, which is saving lives in the third world.
Bayan Mahmoud Al-Zahran
Four years ago, Al-Zahran became Saudi Arabia’s first practicing female attorney after founding her own law firm. She takes on local cases to fight for women’s rights while encouraging the court system to recognize a woman’s perspective. Arabian Business named Al-Zahran as the seventh most powerful woman in the Arab world.
Haifa Al Mansour
Al Mansour is the first woman filmmaker in Saudi Arabia, creating thought-provoking movies that feature empowered female characters. She is Wadjda http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2258858/ ranked as the second most powerful woman in the Arab world by Forbes magazine. Her film, Wadjda, was nominated for an Oscar, and she keeps working despite controversy and death threats.
As the world slowly becomes more progressive, these intelligent and gifted women are leading the way into the future.