Moms of the region take on fame, politics and the world this Mother’s Day

Published March 21st, 2013 - 14:46 GMT

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Asma Assad
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Image 1 of 10: She was rumored to be pregnant in November last year and then confirmed it in January. But this mother of three won’t be getting congratulations from most of Syria. Asma Assad, wife of Bashar, might just be the most hated mom in the region.

Ghada Abdel Raziq
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Image 1 of 10: Doing it for the grandmothers everywhere, Ghada Abdel Raziq tried to prove that becoming a granny didn’t mean giving up her looks. This sexy Egyptian GILF is still strutting her stuff on screen and is rumored to have run off with a man half her age.

Haifa Wehbe
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Image 1 of 10: The only woman to take on Ghada for the title of ‘sexiest granny’ in the region, Lebanese megastar, Haifa Wehbe, has shown no signs of slowing down. A self-proclaimed fashion force and international hitmaker, this gran hasn’t let motherhood get in the way of her career.

Palestinian mothers
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Image 1 of 10: Maybe the region’s most determined moms, these mothers of Palestinian hunger strikers rally on despite the fact that their sons face indefinite jail terms in Israeli prisons. With one hand holding on to a family portrait and another making the ‘V for victory’ sign, they continue to fight.

Umm Ahmed
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Image 1 of 10: She might be the wife of a president but this lady prefers to go by her family name and isn’t afraid to say it loud and proud. She captured the region’s hearts when she asked to be called “Umm Ahmed” after her first son rather than ‘Mrs. Mohamed Morsi’, as you might know her.

Women Syrian refugees
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Image 1 of 10: The brave women refugees of Syria face terrible odds getting themselves and their families out of the country. But despite the horrors, that maternal instinct lives on even when they have to give birth in one of the many regional refugee camps.

Saudi women shura
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Image 1 of 10: The Saudi government finally made a breakthrough in their all-male environment this year, appointing 30 women - many of them mothers - to positions on the Shura council. These highly qualified moms are hoping to represent for the 50% of the Saudi population so often ignored.

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Image 1 of 10: Another member of the Assad family, this mother is not exactly going to win ‘mother of the year’ with her behavior. While her son Bashar sits it out in war-torn Syria, Anisa Makhlouf jumped ship earlier this year for a life of comparative luxury in Dubai.

Iranian mothers for peace
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Image 1 of 10: While their government is busy stirring up trouble across the region, the moms of Iran are the ones left to face the consequences of the nation’s pariah status. Writing an open letter to the UN, ‘Iranian Mothers For Peace’, brought the point home to the international community.

Mariam Farhat
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Image 1 of 10: Having lost her three sons to the Palestinian resistance, mother and Gazan MP, Mariam Farhat, was much-loved by her countrymen. Named the ‘Khansa of Palestine’ after the 7th century poet, her funeral three days ago was attended by thousands.

Mother’s Day in the Middle East is a time for people across the region to celebrate and appreciate the women who brought them into the world.

Without a grey hair in sight, this year celebrity moms in the region have managed once again to balance the pressures of parenthood with the demands of fame.

But while those starry moms are out at the latest fashion event or film premiere, most mothers are have to concern themselves with the more serious side of life.

Standing by their children, Arab mothers have been putting the region’s troubles to one side to care for their kids, while fighting for power and peace in the Middle East.

From the Palestinian women protestors with their children in Israeli jails, to the first mothers to join the Saudi government, here are some of the region’s most courageous and infamous moms.

 

Are there any notable moms we’ve missed out? Is Mother’s Day important for the Middle East or should we celebrate our moms everyday? Share your comments with us below!

 

 

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