Maryam Jamshidi

5 Ways Women Are Rising In The Middle East

June 4, 2014

Women do not share the same rights as men in many Arab world countries; however, this is slowly changing. According to a recent article from Guardian Liberty Voice, some societal indicators demonstrate this improvement in the lives of Arab women in the Middle East and North Africa. Some of these points include:

  • A movement has begun in Saudi Arabia to allow physical education in girls’ schools. And after sending two women to compete in the 2012 Olympics, the Saudi government began providing a limited number of permits for girls to participate in private sports clubs.
  • Women are finally heard in Saudi government and can hold more powerful positions, such as the deputy minister of education, Norah al-Faiz.
  • More Arab women are taking leadership roles in business, with growing regional and international support for their success as entrepreneurs.
  • Although usually out of necessity, many more women are now successfully employed.
  • In Saudi Arabia, more women attend college than men. Some women even travel abroad to learn without a male companion.

To read more about how women are advancing in the Arab world, click here forĀ Guardian Liberty Voice‘s article.

Written by Sonja Trierweiler, social media specialist and blogger on the Middle East.