Feisty and female: 12 superwomen smashing taboos in the Middle East
James Brown might have sung that “It’s a man’s man’s world”, but he couldn’t have been more wrong! (and he knew it too with his concessionary -- but it ain’t nothing, without you)
The Middle East might be dominated by tyrant dictators (looking at you, Assad) and Sheikhs issuing fatwas every half an hour, but there’s a new vanguard in the region made up of strong, powerful women who are causing a stir amongst the patriarchs. Continue reading below »
There are plenty of issues to go around in the Middle East and each one of these fearsome matrons have stood up for what they believed in and made a difference. Whether it is the two state solution in Palestine or being arrested for writing about the Arab Spring, these girls have made a difference in a region where some believe women should be seen (behind a veil) and not seen.
Being a female in the Arab world can be a struggle for locals and expats alike - widespread patriarchy, sexual harassment and outdated discriminatory cultural norms can make even going supermarket shopping an ordeal. That’s why what these ladies are doing is so extraordinary - not only are they bucking time-old gender stereotypes, they are speaking out on some of the most important issues in the world today.
From Amira Hass to Manal Al Sharif, take a look at Al Bawaba’s gallery of the most extraordinary ladies in the Middle East today who are sticking their head above the parapet and firmly foisting their female faces on to a male-map.
- Retro Middle East: The rise and fall of the miniskirt
- Two steps forward, one step back? Women in the Middle East in 2013
- Beauty and the East: Bizarre beauty remedies from the Arab world
- Out with the old, in with the new? A comparison of the Arab Spring's First Ladies
- Moms of the region take on fame, politics and the world this Mother’s Day