Nisaa FM: - Eleven outstanding Arab women were awarded in London at the Jumeirah Carlton Hotel in Knightsbridge on Thursday 30 November in the announcement of the Arab Women of the Year 2017 awards. The event was attended by royals, diplomats and a host of high achieving women showing their support for the award winners.
The women were recognized for their achievements in a wide range of categories including social leadership, culture, music, women’s advancement, trade development, motivation and wellbeing, education, journalism and public awareness.
The awards celebrate Arab women who aspire to make a difference
Event organizer Omar Bdour, CEO London Arabia Organization, said that the Arab Women Awards celebrated Arab women who "aspire to make a difference."
Among the winners is long time researcher on Palestine Studies, Professor Karma Nabulsi.
Dr. Nabulsi was awarded The achievement in education award. She is a Fellow in Politics at St. Edmund Hall who lectures at the University of Oxford where she is currently Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Department of Politics and International Relations. She recently directed, co-edited and co-curated 'The Palestinian Revolution,’ a bilingual Arabic-English digital humanities and teaching resource exploring Palestinian revolutionary thought and practice in the 1950s, 60s and 70s.
Professor Karma Nabulsi won the Guardian Higher Education Network’s Inspiring Leader award earlier in 2017.
Selected other 2017 award winners are
The achievement in journalism award: Ragihda Dergham, the Founder and Executive Chairman of Beirut Institute, a cutting edge independent think tank for the Arab region. She has been a columnist and senior diplomatic correspondent for the London based Al Hayat daily since 1989.
The achievement in public awareness award: Hind Al-Eryani, a writer and journalist whose articles are widely published on media including TV5, Alsafeer, and Lebanon Now. Her latest campaign promotes peace in Yemen.
The achievement in social leadership award: Dr. Hania Mursi Fadl, is one of the first Sudanese women to be trained as a radiologist. She established the Khartoum Breast Care Center using a family foundation fund of $14 million. The KBCCC is the only fully equipped and staffed cancer center available to women in the region.
The achievement in culture award: Dr. Maha El-Khalil Chalabi. Born in the southern Lebanese city of Tyre, Chalabi has led numerous welfare and cultural campaigns for her native city which has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage List since 1984. She notably initiated the establishment of a medical and social care center and the International Festival of Tyre.
A special award was presented to a program created by the OLE.IRD and UNHCR called 'The Tiger Girls’. Tiger Girls, which stands for 'These Inspiring Girls Enjoy Reading’, enables 120 Syrian girls in the Zaatari refugee camp, supported by Syrian female coaches, to participate in team-based learning. Present to accept the award alongside her colleagues was UNHCR senior adviser, Reem bint Amr bin Abdelhamid from Saudi Arabia.