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Here you can introduce us to Influential women from your country, current or historic, by putting a picture and a brief bio for each. Example:

Jordan, Queen Rania



Rania Al Abdullah, born Rania al Yassin on 31 August 1970, is the current Queen consort of Jordan as the wife of King Abdullah II of Jordan.

As a global figure, and considered by some to be one of the world’s most powerful women, Queen Rania has focused her energy, at home and abroad, on a variety of causes.

In Jordan, her work focuses on the calibre and quality of education for Jordanian children, while abroad she advocates for global education and for world leaders to fulfill their commitments towards the second Millennium Development Goals, Universal Primary Education.

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Shari Arison- Israel- the richest woman in MENA



Safra Catz- Israel/USA- President and CFO of Oracle; one of the most powerful female business leaders in the United States


Ada Yonath-Israel- first woman from MENA to win a Nobel Prize in science (2009 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry)
 

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^^ Thanks Chevre!!!

Iran - Shirin Ebadi



Shirin Ebadi (born 21 June 1947) is an Iranian lawyer, a former judge and human rights activist and founder of Centre for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran. On October 10, 2003, Ebadi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her significant and pioneering efforts for democracy and human rights, especially women's, children's, and refugee rights. She was the first ever Iranian, and the first Muslim woman to have received the prize.

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Lebanon / USA - Rima Fakih



Rima Fakih (born in Srifa, Lebanon on September 22, 1985) is an American beauty pageant contestant, and winner of the 2010 Miss USA title. She represented the state of Michigan in the Miss USA 2010 pageant, having previously won the 2010 Miss Michigan USA competition.

A native of Lebanon, as a child Fakih moved to the United States with her family. As a Lebanese Muslim, she is reputed to be the first person of her nationality, ethnicity, or religion to be named Miss USA. In 2008, she traveled back to Lebanon to compete in the Miss Lebanon Emigrant pageant, placing third.

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Algeria - Louisa Hanoune (first Arab woman in history to run for presidential elections, coming in second place in the last election)




Louisa Hanoun (born 7 April 1954 in Chekfa, Jijel Province) is head of Algeria's Workers' Party (Parti des Travailleurs, PT). In 2004, she became the first woman to run for President of Algeria. Her democratic views regarding government would probably surprise most. She is a staunch supporter of secular government, and social reform.

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Algeria - Khalida Toumi



Khalida Toumi (born 13 March 1958), is the Algerian Minister of Communication and Culture and a feminist activist. She was born at Ain Bessem, Bouira, in the north of Algeria.

Algeria - Djamila Bouhired



Djamila Bouhired is an Algerian revolutionary who believed in a just cause to free her country from the French colonization of the time, which resulted in the killing of more than a million and a half Algerians. Djamila Bouhired was raised in a middle-class family, she went to a French school and joined the Algerian National Liberation Front (FLN) while a student activist. Later, she worked as a liaison officer and personal assistant of FLN commander Yacef Saadi in Algiers.

In April 1957, she was hurt in a shootout and taken by French troops by whom she was long tortured with electricity and then sentenced to death. Her execution was stopped after a media campaign by her French lawyer, Jacques Vergès. She was released in 1962 and was regarded as a hero in Algeria.

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Syria - Asma Al Assad (First Lady of Syria)



Asma Al Assa is the First Lady of Syria. She was born in London, England, on 11 August 1975. Her family is originally from Homs, Syria. She married President Bashar al-Assad in December 2000, having previously pursued a career in investment banking. Her activities have focused on two core areas: ensuring that the recent economic growth in Syria is inclusive to all, especially rural communities; and actively involving Syria’s youth in the country’s development process.

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UAE / Jordan - Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein



Born 3 May 1974, Princess Haya is one of King Hussein I of Jordan's daughters and one of the wives of UAE's Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Princess Haya has engaged in a range of humanitarian activities and founded Tikyet Um Ali, the first Arab NGO dedicated to overcoming hunger, in her native Jordan, and now chairs Dubai's International Humanitarian City. She was appointed a UN Messenger of Peace in July 2007 by Secretary-General Ban-Ky Moon and earlier was the first woman and first Arab to serve as an ambassador for the World Food Programme (2005-07). She is a founding member of former Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Global Humanitarian Forum based in Geneva and serves on the boards of many other non-profit organizations.

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Jehan Sadat

Former First Lady of Egypt and is currently a Senior fellow at the University of Maryland, College Park (where The Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development has also been endowed).

She also published an autobiography, A Woman of Egypt as well as poetry in Arabic, under a pseudonym, and has written a second book, My Hope for Peace, released in March 2009.


Ester Fanous

Revolted against British colonalism and decided to establish a committee representing the women of Egypt acting jointly with the delegation. In St Mark Church, the women held a meeting where Hoda Shaarawi was nominated chair and Fekria Hosny, Ehsan Al-Qoussy and Ester Fanous were nominated as secretaries. They subsequently held a political meeting in a mosque where they delivered their speeches for the first time with men.

In March 1923, Ester Fanous established with other women the Egyptian Feminist Union to improve women's level in literature and social aspect and to promote them to be treated on equal footing with men in rights and obligations. She was involved in other associations such as the Young Women's Christian Association and the Labour Association of Egypt as well as other charitable associations.


Farkhonda Hassan

Hassan is co-chair of the Gender Advisory Board of the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development and Secretary-General[3] (2001) and Member of the National Council for Women in Egypt since 2000. As a scientist, politician and development specialist, her career has centered on women's causes in policies, public services, sciences, information and technology, social work at grass roots level, education and culture, and other disciplines. Her affiliations with national and international organizations, non-governmental organizations, research and knowledge institutions have been directed towards women's empowerment.[4] Hassan has served as a short-term consultant and expert to several international and regional programs organized by various UN Organizations such as UNIFEM, UNDP, INSTRAW and UNESCO.


Rawya Ateya

Became in 1957 the first female parliamentarian in the Arab world.
 

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Some of the women here are influential by default. They married the influential men. It does not make them great. Others inherited the wealth and once again became influential by default. That too does not make them great.

However, in the last 50 years there was a ME woman who made it on her own and no living woman can top her influence on the ME or the world, at least not yet.

 
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