The fact that women have been fighting for equal rights for a long time now is puzzling. The female gender has been rocking the world for millennia. From Cleopatra in the age of the pharaohs unto the current times we live in, women have played an influential part in all aspects of life. Politics, technology, education, humanities and science; they have achieved all. Women play a great role in the advancement of mankind; a role equal if not greater than their male counterparts. Here are 6 remarkable examples of great women whose names will always be remembered for their amazing achievements.
Nadia Younes, born June 13, 1946, is an Egyptian woman who worked for over 30 years in the United Nations. Egyptian born and bred, Younes received her bachelor’s degree from Cairo University in English literature. She later earned a master’s degree in political sciences and international relations. Being fluent in 3 languages, she worked as a press officer with the department of public information in the UN. While she held many different positions in the UN, her highest achievement was when she became the executive director of the world health organization. Sadly, she died in 2003 in Baghdad in the Canal hotel bombing.
Yasmine El Mehairy
Yasmine El Mehairy is the CEO & Co-Founder of Supermama.me, the first Arab online magazine dedicated towards mothers. She graduated from Ain Shams University with a degree in computer science. Later on, she went to the UK where she obtained her master’s degree. In 2010, after returning from the UK, she sought a new project that would be of benefit to the community while also being profitable. She noticed a gap in the market when her sister in-law was pregnant; there was no dedicated platform for Arab mothers. After a lot of research, El Mehairy launched her new project in January 2011.
Mona El Tahawy
Mona El Tahawy is a free-lance journalist who is famous for her numerous publications and writings about Egypt and the Islamic world. She is also an avid human rights activist, tackling issues such as feminism and Egyptian Muslim-Christian relationships. Currently based in New York City, USA, El Tahawy was born in Port Said. She received her bachelor’s degree in 1990 from the American University in Cairo and later obtained her master’s in mass communication during the year 1992. Mona El Tahawy worked for many notable newspapers including: The guardian, The Washington Post and the international Herald-Tribune.
Mervat El Tallawy is an Egyptian politician who held numerous diplomatic positions over the years. She graduated from the American University in Cairo and holds a B.A in business administration and political science. Later on, after completing her studies in Geneva, Switzerland, she worked in the Egyptian ministry for foreign affairs. She held the position of the deputy director of the United Nations International Research and Training institute for the advancement of women in 1985. Later becoming the Egyptian ambassador of Japan and Austria. Other than the many positions she held in the UN, she is currently the founder of the Egyptian Social Democratic party and a prominent board member of the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development.
Mai is a Ain Shams University graduate who later formed her own company with 2 others in 2011. You might recognize her as the entrepreneur who was featured in a photo with former US president Barack Obama in the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit. In 2011, she formed Eventtus; a social network platform aimed at maximizing the networking opportunities for attendees. The app and website is a one stop shop for ticketing, networking and event tracking. The app keeps attendees of the event informed about the agenda, the speakers and its activities.
Many of us recognize the young Egyptian squash star, Nour El Sherbiny. Her name became instantly recognizable in the sports world after becoming the youngest to win the women’s world championship. Her talent started at a young age, where she won the British-Junior under 13 category way back in 2009. Nour was born in 1995 and has been play squash since the tender age of 6. She truly is an inspiration to all aspiring female athletes in all of Egypt and the Middle East.
These women achieved so much. If they can do it, you certainly can. The sky is the limit for all you amazing women of modern times. But, we all have to start somewhere, check the latest vacancies offered by Jobzella tailored for women everywhere.