‘BBC 100 Women’ recently released their 2017 list showcasing 100 inspirational and innovative women from around the world. These women were challenged to tackle four of the biggest issues that women face today: the glass ceiling, female illiteracy, harassment in public spaces and sexism in sport. This year, the list features three Arab women from Morocco, Iraq and Qatar who are exceptionally young!
1.Chaima Lahsini – Morocco
At just 24 years old, Chaima Lahsini is a journalist, feminist and human rights activist. Earlier this year, she led the sit-in following the sexual assault of a disabled women on a public bus in Morocco. Since December 2016, she has been working for Morocco World News where she covers women’s rights, politics and business. “I cannot express how incredibly honored I am to be among the 100 inspiring women selected by BBC”, Lahsini told Morocco World News. Lahsini is theonly Moroccan who was asked to take part in the 100 Women Challenge.
2. Nawaal Akram – Qatar
The 18-year-old Nawaal Akram is a fashion model, comedian, Paralympic athlete and founder of Muscular Dystrophy and an active advocate for women with disabilities in the Middle East. On her own YouTube channel “Nawaal’s Adventures”, Akram breaks stereotypes surrounding disabled women in their region. “I wanted to represent people with physical disabilities in Qatar and showcase my life because I do a lot of things that people don’t consider normal for me to be doing,” she once told ILoveQatar.
3. Zainab Fadhal – Iraq
Iraqi-born Zainab Fadhal left her home country at the age of 13 in pursuit of a better life in the United Kingdom. The 16-year old scored top exam grades and aims to continue her education in criminal psychology. “I’ve always worked really hard. I don’t think it’s right to just give up. My goal is to be the best person I can possibly be!”