The Middle East is a part of the World where it can be hard for women to receive acknowledgment and recognition. However, there are many powerful Arabic women who are overcoming these obstacles in order to do great things. These women are role models who show that with perseverance, persistence, and passion, you can accomplish anything. Here is a closer look at 5 inspirational Arab women.
Abeer Al Otaiba
Abeer Al Otaiba is the founder of SemSem, a fashion line designed to enhance the bond between mothers and daughters. The wife of UAE Ambassador to the United States, Yousef Al Otaiba, Abeer Al Otaiba has helped develop major health care partnerships and cultural exchanges. Al Otaiba strives to show the World that Arab women can be leaders in business, government, and media. Al Otaiba has contributed to multiple disaster relief efforts, as well as the Children’s National Medical Center and the Association for the Development & Enhancement of Women.
Dr. Hayat Sindi is a medical scientist and one of the first female members of the Consultative Assembly of Saudi Arabia. Dr. Sindi is also the first women to receive a Ph.D. in biotechnology from Cambridge University. Dr. Sindi is the co-founder of Diagnostics For All, a nonprofit organization that seeks affordable diagnostics for people who do not live near hospitals. Dr. Sindi is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for science education.
Lubna Olayan is the Chief Executive Officer of Olayan Financing Company. Olayan has been honored by Time and Forbes as one of the most powerful and influential women in the World. Olayan is a member of the board of trustees of the Arab Thought Foundation, a foundation focused on solving issues facing the Arab world.
Dr. Mona Al Munajjed is one of Saudi Arabia’s top sociologists. Dr. Al Munajjed is also a famous women’s activist, focusing on the educational and economic status of women in Saudi Arabia. Dr. Al Munajjed has written two books; Women in Saudi Arabia Today and Saudi Women Speak: 24 Remarkable Women Tell Their Success Stories.
Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel
Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel is a famous philanthropist and humanitarian. Princess Al-Taweel focuses on empowering women to achieve their dreams while supporting different humanitarian projects throughout the World. Princess Al-Taweel opened an orphanage in Burkina Faso and has visited Pakistan and Somalia on humanitarian trips. Princess Al-Taweel supports programs that strive to eliminate poverty.