The most remarkable women in the Arab world were celebrated at the end of November in London at the Arab women of the year awards ceremony.
These awards aim to reward Arab women who have made “a positive impact on society through their work and vision”. On 27 November at the Lingham Hotel in London, many of them came to collect awards highlighting their commitment to different parts of society.
Winners from all walks of life
For example, Franco-Moroccan politician Najat Vallaud-Belkacem was awarded a trophy for her global work on gender equality. Mariam Al Aqeel, Minister of Finance of Kuwait, the first Gulf country to grant such a position to a woman, took the stage to receive a trophy for her work on economic development and leadership. Lebanese TV presenter Raya Abirached, best known for co-hosting the Arabs Got Talent television show, was also among the women in the spotlight that evening.
A cause to defend
One particular cause was at the center of the debates: the fight against honor crimes. Thus, personalities particularly committed to this fight were rewarded, such as the Jordanian author and journalist Rana Husseini, who wrote the book “Murder in the name of honor”, for which she received the award for achievement in social impact.