Woman appointed to run Saudi Arabian bank for first time in country’s history

October 8, 2018 12:06 pm2 comments
Woman appointed to run Saudi Arabian bank for first time in country’s history

A woman has been appointed to run a Saudi Arabian bank for the first time in the country’s history.  Lubna Al Olayan, a Saudi businesswoman, will lead a new lender that has been formed after the merger between Alawwal Bank and Saudi British Bank.   To read more, click here. 

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Austrian foreign minister delivers UN speech in Arabic

October 3, 2018 10:51 am2 comments
Austrian foreign minister delivers UN speech in Arabic

Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl surprised the attendees at the United Nations General Assembly by delivering her speech in four languages, including Arabic. To read more, click here. 

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Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy teams up with LeBron James on new ‘HBO’ film

September 18, 2018 2:25 pm2 comments
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy teams up with LeBron James on new ‘HBO’ film

Two-time Academy Award winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy has teamed up with NBA star LeBron James for a new venture, Student Athlete.   The Oscar winning film-maker recently announced the teaser launch for the documentary which she has co-directed with Trish Dalton. The film-makers spent over two years with college athletes, trying to learn about […]

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Defying a Cultural Taboo, Saudi Women Are Running—and They’re Not Going to Stop

1:56 pm1 comment
Defying a Cultural Taboo, Saudi Women Are Running—and They’re Not Going to Stop

Saudi Arabia effectively banned women’s sports for decades. Exercising in public has long been a cultural taboo. But Kingdom-wide, groups of robed runners have taken to the paths and streets, proving that change is coming. To read more, click here. 

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Tunisian president proposes inheritance equality for women

August 19, 2018 1:28 pm1 comment
Tunisian president proposes inheritance equality for women

Tunisia’s president on Monday proposed giving women equal inheritance rights despite protests from thousands of people objecting to any challenge to Islamic law. To read more, click here. 

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The big gains for women’s rights in the Middle East, explained

August 17, 2018 1:33 pm0 comments
The big gains for women’s rights in the Middle East, explained

Saudi Arabia, under the initiative of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, gave women in the kingdom the right to drive. Saudi Arabia is in good company. Across the Middle East and North Africa, countries have been upgrading women’s rights. Since 2011, nearly every country in North Africa has adopted a gender quota, […]

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