Every March 8th brings an annual opportunity to celebrate women’s achievements while calling for greater equality. Happy International Women’s Day! But no sitting on your laurels, ladies.
This year’s theme is “Make It Happen,” and we bring you twelve women who are doing just that across sciences, education, sport, culture and human rights. We left the celebrities (and porn stars, and beautiful brainiacs married to Hollywood A-listers) off this power-panel. There’s ample coverage of them in the Al Bawaba archives if you haven’t had your fill!
Instead, our list pays tribute to some quiet warriors who toil behind the scenes (behind the microscopes, behind the cameras, and at their keyboards) not only to progress their own careers and ideologies, but to forge new pathways for next-generation protégés to travel, and ultimately overtake them in the years ahead.
Thousands of events worldwide will mark the economic, political and social achievements of women today. Campaigns to raise awareness and encourage support for good causes are positive actions. But consider that the first International Women's Day was held in 1911. The UN has been declaring a gender equality theme for many years. There’s work to be done.
In a region often associated with the oppression of women, where less than 35% of the workforce is female, the day is particularly important for the Middle East.
Learn about a dozen regional trailblazers. Be inspired to make way for (and cultivate) more!