100 most influential Arab women include Amal Clooney

Lawyer in second place; UAE cooperation minister first

02 March, 15:36

    Amal Alamuddin-Clooney Amal Alamuddin-Clooney

    (by Virginia Di Marco) (ANSAmed) - ROME, MARCH 2 - Lebanese attorney Amal Clooney is listed among the world's 100 most influential Arab women in a ranking published Monday by UAE website 'Arabian Business'.

    George Clooney's wife made it to second place not only thanks to her huge media exposure since marrying the Hollywood star but mostly thanks to her work as an international human rights attorney.

    ''The truth is that the new Mrs Clooney has been one of the highest profile lawyers and activists over the past few years, with clients like Julian Assange and Yulia Timoshenko'', said a comment.

    The third place was awarded for the first time to a person known worldwide, especially in the Middle East, for her work in favor of women's rights, Saudi feminist Loujain al Hathloul. She has re-launched the debate on the right of women to drive - a right women don't have in Saudi Arabia.

    Last December, defying the ban, al Hathloul tried to cross the border between the UAE and her country by car. She was arrested when she reached Saudi Arabia. Her arrest received international publicity thanks to the young woman's savvy use of social networks. Released this month, al Hathloul is today considered a symbol of the battle for women's rights denied in Saudi Arabia.

    First place was unsurprisingly granted, for the fifth year in a row, to Sheikha Lubna al Qasimi, minister for international cooperation and development of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

    ''Her influence not only affects the region but the whole world. Sheikha Lubna al Qasimi continues to promote the role of international donor and global player of the Emirates. Since taking over the role in 2013 of international cooperation minister, after a long stint as foreign trade minister, UAE donations and humanitarian aid have more than tripled''.

    Among the activists, entrepreneurs, politicians, artists and journalists, another name from the UAE is Mariam al Mansouri, a pilot, who ranked sixth.

    Al Mansouri, 35, carried out several missions in Syria, raising the curiosity and attention of the media as the first war pilot of the UAE. She is today considered a leading champion of the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria and of extremism in general. (ANSAmed)

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