Making a Difference: Inspirational Arab Women Leaders
In the Arab World, as in all the regions of the world, women face social obstacles in their journey towards accomplishment and success. However, where there are obstacles, restrictions, and discrimination, there is a will to overcome them. From among those women who have a strong will to overcome impediments and who act on this will, many leaders emerge.
Such women leaders push the envelope by refusing to stay within the roles prescribed for them. These women move forward, and rise higher than society expects. They become leaders in their fields and sectors and bring about increased women’s rights, equity, and a more balanced approach to gender roles . Women leaders raise the bar for women’s advancement in both their countries and in the Arab World as a whole.
We at the Women as Partners in Progress (WPP) project worked diligently to create this directory of women leaders. This directory, presently features 97 women leaders. Of course, it is a work in progress and in fact will never be complete. The scope of achievement among women leaders in the Arab countries is expansive, the influence they command in their various fields is substantive, and the directory will be expanded continually as a resource on impactful leaders from across the Arab countries. The 97 women leaders featured in the first iteration of this HUB push limits and forge paths for all women in the region so that women, societies, and future generations, can reach new heights.
Neda Salmanpour is a Kuwaiti national and a UK qualified barrister with more than 20 years of corporate transaction experience in the energy and finance sectors. Salmanpour has held various senior management positions in both public and private multinational corporations.…
Ghida Anani is the Founder and Director of ABAAD – Resource Center for Gender Equality, a UN ECOSOC accredited organization that aims to achieve gender equality as an essential condition to sustainable social and economic development in the MENA region. A social worker by…
Hayat Wahab Arslan
Hayat Wahab Arslan is a Lebanese women's rights activist, and supporter of women's economic and political empowerment. Arslan grew up in what she describes as a very conservative but reasonable household. At the age of 20, Arslan married into a prominent Druze…
Brigitte Chelebian is an Attorney at Law and the Executive Director/Founder of Justice Without Frontiers (JWF) organization, which works to defend and promote the values of human rights based on International treaties and conventions
Dr. Raghida Dergham
Dr. Raghida Dergham is a successful Lebanese journalist. At the age of 14, she had already published in Al Hasna magazine, and left to the United States at the age of 17. She has a degree in creative writing and journalism from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh…
Rana El Chemaitelly
Rana El Chemaitelly is the founder of "The Little Engineer," an “entertainment” center for engaging young minds in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through hands-on learning activities to unleash their full potential in pre-engineering skills while…
Dr. Nadia El-Cheikh
Dr. Nadia El-Cheikh is Professor of History at the American University of Beirut (AUB). She received her Ph.D. in History and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University in 1992. She has served as Director of the Center for Arab and Middle Eastern Studies and as Chair of…
Joumana Haddad is a Lebanese author, public speaker, journalist and women's rights activist. Haddad has achieved international success, as the writer of sexually explicit poetry, the founder and previous publisher of a quarterly Arabic-language erotic magazine called…
Manal Hassoun has more than 15 years of experience in socio-economic development and training, especially in entrepreneurship, business development, microfinance, women, youth and population