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The launch of hummel’s new Afghanistan national team shirt is another huge step forward in our brand’s mission to Change the World through Sport. It also represents an historic first for women’s football in Afghanistan.
Sports is generally viewed as a male dominant field in Saudi Arabia but many women are breaking stereotypes associated with it and they are portraying their talents as fitness trainers and athletes at international level sports competitions.
There are still many barriers remaining in the way of closing the gender gap in the Arab world, but many advances have been made in different fields. Here are some of many stories on how women from different Arab countries are reshaping their societies and fighting gender inequality.
Egyptian lawmakers are pushing for a ban on the niqab, a veil worn by women that covers most of one’s face, in what has become a fight over personal liberties and the government’s attempt to control religion in Egyptian society.
A Muslim woman has issued a withering response to David Cameron’s policy of integration, saying many “seemed to have forgotten” people from third world countries helped make Britain great.
Uniqlo has created a second fashion range in collaboration with young UK designer Hana Tajima, which features hijab headscarves and kebaya. The line has just launched throughout the US for the first time and will hit the UK on March 18.
Two years ago, Masih Alinejad decided to post a picture of herself without her hijab on as she drove through Iran, a country where hijab is strictly enforced by morality police. Now based in New York, she has become a voice for thousands of oppressed women through her movement, sharing the stories of women still living in Iran.
Larycia Hawkins, who last month left a teaching post at Illinois’ Wheaton College amid discord stemming from her assertion that Christians and Muslims worship the same God, has joined the University of Virginia as a visiting faculty fellow.