Arab · Feminism

About The 100 Most Powerful Arab Women

Arabian Business published the names of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Arab Women. If you want to know their names or who came first and who came second you can check out the link. I am not interested in their nationalities or the ranking itself rather I thought it would be good to know the sectors they work in and in where they are based. For example, UAE has the highest number of powerful Arab women but they are not all Emarati (i.e., have UAE nationality.)

Where these women are based?

  • 54% of the world’s 100 most powerful Arab women are based in UAE, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon.
  • Egypt and Kuwait shared the fourth rank. Although Egypt came fourth it is a very modest result considering its population is twice as the three countries preceding it.
  • Both Saudi Arabia and UAE are looked at by the west to be conservative and the least favorite when it comes to women’s issues.

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 What sectors these women are in? 100women3

  • The 100 women work in 15 sectors.
  • This more meaningful and depressing at the same time.
  • The change we, especially women, are looking for in the Arab World is not presented in the plot.
  • To enhance women’s lives in Arabia we need to flip the plot above. We need more powerful women in Law, Government, Education Healthcare and Industry. Unfortunately, these four sectors came at the bottom.
  • To change laws, policies, regulations and bad culture habits related to women we need to see more powerful women in the Law, Government, Education, Industry, and Healthcare sectors.
  • Although Islam in the Arab World is weaved in the culture and is what the majority of Arabs identify themselves to be, there are no female scholars in Islamic studies.
  • If you ask any random person in Arabia to name three random Shiekhs they will do it as fast as naming male or female actors. Ask them to name one female Muslim Scholar and they will tell you there ain’t. I personally no none. Islam is far from being an exclusive club for men.
  • If we combined the Science and IT sectors I think the result would be satisfying. With women doing much better than men in High School we see more of them are choosing to study Science and Engineering.
Feminism · USA

A war within a war – the most shocking coverup in the US Military

Last week, I watched a very disturbing documentary but was a mind opening about what is going on within “the most powerful institution in the world”. “The Invisible War,” nominated for Best Documentary Feature at this year’s Academy Awards.

I highly recommend watching this movie. It is available on YouTube. Here are some shocking excerpts from the movie”

“Rape is a repetitive criminal.”

“What we hear again and again from soldiers who have been raped, what was as bad, if not worse, was to receive professional retaliation in their chosen career merely because they were raped.”

“And they took me before my lieutenant commander. He says, do you think this is funny? And I said, what do you mean? He’s like, is this all a joke to you? I was like, what do you mean’ And he goes, you’re the third girl to report rape this week. Are you guys like all in cahoots? You think this is a game.”

“According to the Dept. of Defense’s own estimates, more than 19,000 men and women are sexually assaulted each year in the U.S. military.”

“Mr. Chairman, the Department of Defense has a history of covering up sexual offense problems… I don’t know who you think elected you to defy the Congress of the United States… What is it you’re trying to hide?” Henry Waxman, member of the U.S. House of Representatives to Deputy Defense Undersecretary Michael Dominguez.

(Reuters) – The U.S. military will formally end its ban on women serving in front-line combat roles, officials said on Wednesday, in a move that could open thousands of fighting jobs to female service members for the first time. [Source]

I am not favoring women fighting in front-line combat for too many reasons. Besides that from what I understood from this documentary it is double the risk for women than men to be in front-line combat.