Ramallah Appoints First Female Governor – Just Don’t Mess with Her

March 1, 2010 9:40 pm0 comments

By Sara Elghobashy March 1, 2009 Leila Ghannam is joining the ranks of the rising number of women entering governing positions throughout the world. The 35-year-old former intelligence officer is now the governor of Ramallah, the capital of the West Bank. Ghannam was appointed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as […]

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Beyond Image: (Hillary) Clinton’s Town Hall in Jeddah

February 22, 2010 11:54 pm0 comments

By Fareeda Ahmed February 22, 2010 Last week, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at a forum at the all-women’s college Dar Al Hekma, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, that showed her in the newly flattering light she has enjoyed since becoming an Obama CHANGE-ling. Clinton fielded questions about her […]

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Omani Horsewomen Blaze a New Trail of Glory

January 25, 2010 8:11 pm0 comments

By Sumayyah Meehan January 25, 2010 One place where women are making leaps and bounds – actually taking them while sitting – on the back of a horse, is in Oman. Female equestrians are wowing audiences and garnering much support from their fans and even a couple of critics. Oman’s […]

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Kuwait Cabs for Women Paint the Town Pink

January 20, 2010 10:15 pm0 comments

By Sumayyah Meehan January 20, 2010 The landscape of Kuwait is set to turn just a little bit pink in the coming weeks thanks to an influx of perky pink taxicabs geared towards the female population of Kuwait. The pink cabs are for females and driven by females, which will […]

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Lady-Guards: A New Face for Security

December 16, 2009 8:35 pm0 comments

By Sumayyah Meehan December 16, 2009 Who could ever forget the allure of Kevin Costner protecting Whitney Houston in the movie “The Bodyguard”, which romanticized a life-endangering career way back in the 90s? Bodyguards, for the most part, have been a staple amongst the rich and famous primarily in America […]

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Meet MMW’s Fatemeh Fakhraie

November 16, 2009 7:41 pm0 comments

Sara Elghobashy November 16, 2009 Editor, writer, blogger, and now textbook author, Fatemeh Fakhraie is known for her smart critiques, keen analysis and unique perspective. But how did she get started as a writer? Where does she hope her career will go? elan steals a moment from the busy schedule […]

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From Singer to Politician: The Ambitions of Farida Tarana

October 13, 2009 1:51 am0 comments

By Sara Elghobashy October 12, 2009 Twenty seven-year-old Farida Tarana is set on breaking barriers. She was the first female competitor from Herat to join Afghan Star, the local version of American Idol, ascending to the number 8 position on the widely watched TV program. Now, she has been elected […]

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All Female Wrestling Team in Iraq…Now That’s Hot

August 31, 2009 8:08 pm0 comments

By Sara Elgobashy August 31, 2009 In a town south of Baghdad, a group of women are causing a bit of controversy by forming the first ever, all female wrestling team in Iraq. The New York Times reports that the team, which was formed in January, has hopes of going […]

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A Room with a View: Women Take the Lead in Turkish Mosque

July 21, 2009 12:22 am0 comments

By Farrah Hamid July 20, 2009 The new Sakirin Mosque in Istanbul has a unique touch to it – it is the first mosque to be made by a team of mostly women. For centuries, women have typically taken a back seat in Muslim halls of worship. Even now, men […]

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Top 20 Saudi Businesswomen … That’s Right … Wanna Mess?

July 16, 2009 7:44 pm0 comments

By Moniza Khokhar July 14th, 2009 Still got the same old school picture of oppressed Saudi women on the brain? Think again. This week, Arab News Newspaper, The Middle East’s Leading English Language Daily, published a list of Saudi Arabia’s 20 top ass-kicking businesswomen.  The list spans petroleum engineers to […]

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