World leaders to meet under all-female co-chair team at Davos 2018

By Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi ZURICH, Nov 13 : The next World Economic Forum of world leaders and CEOs in Davos will be chaired by women including International Monetary Fund director Christine Lagarde, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg and IBM’s chief executive Ginni Rommety. The seven co-chairs for the four-day event in January were announced in […]

Women drivers seen reviving Saudi car market

By Celine Aswad and Laurence Frost DUBAI/PARIS, Sept 27 : Saudi Arabia’s decision to lift its ban on women driving cars may help to restore autos sales growth in a market dented by the economic fallout from weak oil prices, handing an opportunity to importers of luxury cars and sport utility vehicles. Carmakers joined governments […]

Street art illustrates the lives of inspiring black women in London

By Adela Suliman LONDON, Sept 7 : In a bright yellow cloth shirt, arms outstretched and adorned with bangles, the image of Shaney Blackman towering over six metres (20 ft) tall on a wall in east London is arresting. Blackman’s portrait is the last in a series of 10 murals blazoned across the capital highlighting […]

For first time, Saudi women step into haj emergency role

By Mahmoud Mourad MECCA, Aug 29 : Seven women sit in front of computer screens fielding distress calls from across Mecca ahead of the annual haj pilgrimage this week, in a first for Saudi Arabia as it tries to expand participation in the workforce. The seven, almost all wearing the black niqab over their faces, […]

In South Africa, mothers lead push to get pregnant women tested for HIV

By Peter Lykke Lind CAPE TOWN, May 5 : In the small maternity ward of a run-down health clinic in Delft, a half hour drive from Cape Town, the wooden benches in the waiting area are filled with young women and girls from the poor surrounding townships. Nozuko Manong, in her white and blue nurse’s […]