Women's prize for playwriting longlist is 'politically charged', say producers

The longlisted writers for a new prize for female playwrights have created “satisfyingly puzzling” characters and “ambitious, politically charged” plays, say the award’s producers. The Women’s prize for playwriting, open to writers in the UK and Ireland who ident

Women in Xinjiang shine a light on a campaign of abuse and control by Beijing

Zumrat Dawut said she was forcibly sterilized by the Chinese government for having one too many children. A former resident of Urumqi, the capital of China's western Xinjiang region, the 38-year-old Uyghur woman said she was fined 18,400 yuan ($2,600) in 2018 for having three children, o

Arab International Women’s Forum highlights pandemic challenges, race for vaccine

The Arab International Women’s Forum (AIWF) has drawn together experts from the Middle East and internationally to examine some of the key challenges raised by the coronavirus pandemic. In her introduction to the virtual event, held in cooperation with global partner Pfizer, AIWF founder and C

Filmmaker and elite marathon runner, Alexi Pappas wants to make sure 'the complete person is happening'

An Olympic 10,000-meter runner turned marathoner by day, actor, director, screenwriter and author in all other spare hours she can salvage, Alexi Pappas rarely pauses for breath. In marathon running -- a different beast compared to competing on the track -- she has a relatively new event to train

Iraqi Woman Receives the Arab Woman of Excellence Award

Dr. Azhar Hussein Saleh, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Planning and the head of Syndicate of Iraqi Engineers, received the Arab Woman of Excellence Award in the field of public service. In an interview she gave to the Iraqi News Agency, Dr. Saleh said that she received this award, the first I

Meghan seeks to stop tabloid naming friends in UK legal battle

Meghan, Britain's Duchess of Sussex, on Thursday sought a court order to stop the publisher of the Mail on Sunday tabloid from revealing the names of five friends who could be witnesses in an ongoing legal dispute, according to a court filing.Meghan, wife of Queen Elizabeth's grandson Prince Harry,

Meghan felt ‘unprotected’ by UK royal family while pregnant: Court papers

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, felt “unprotected” by the British royal family while she was pregnant with her son Archie, according to London High Court documents filed as part of her legal action against a tabloid newspaper.Meghan, wife of Queen Elizabeth’s grandson Prince Harry,

Black Arab women tackle long-standing discrimination

AMMAN - Black Arab women are drawing inspiration from global anti-racism protests to fight back against long-standing discrimination and Middle Eastern beauty standards that favour light skin and straight hair. Black Arabs in the Middle East and North Africa, who descend from sub-Saharan Africans,

Egyptian Nadia Gamal El-Din is regional winner of 2020 Cartier Women’s Initiative

Egyptian entrepreneur Nadia Gamal El-Din is this year’s winner of the Cartier Women’s Initiative for the Middle East and North Africa region, the French luxury jeweler announced on Tuesday. El-Din was one of seven winners of the main prize — which rewards for-profit startups

Queen Elizabeth’s official birthday marked with smaller ceremony

Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday is being marked Saturday with a smaller ceremony than usual, as the annual Trooping the Color parade is canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic.The extravagant display of pomp and pageantry, a highlight of the royal calendar that typically attracts thousands of tou

First lady delayed 2017 move to DC to get new prenup

First lady Melania Trump delayed her move to Washington after Donald Trump became president to gain leverage in renegotiating her prenuptial agreement, according to a new book. The White House denounced the book after it became public on Friday. Mary Jordan, author of the book “The Art of Her

Meghan speaks out on racial divisions in US

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has shared her sadness about racial divisions in the United States, telling students at her former high school that she felt moved to speak out because the life of George Floyd mattered. Meghan told graduates at Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles that she wre

VP Pence’s aide returns to work after recovering from COVID-19

Vice President Mike Pence’s chief spokeswoman said Tuesday that she has recovered from coronavirus and is back at work. President Donald Trump confirmed on May 8 that Katie Miller, Pence’s press secretary, had tested positive for COVID-19. She is one of two people working at the White H

With no Q-Series, Arizona State’s Olivia Mehaffey joins list of women’s seniors returning to school

Two months ago, Olivia Mehaffey and her Arizona State team had just stepped off the ferry at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial in Honolulu when their phones started buzzing. The NCAA had canceled the rest of the season and effectively ended the career of Mehaffey, the Sun Devils’ lone senior

A Novelist Breaks the Code of Being a Woman in Japan

Mieko Kawakami, whose novel “Breasts and Eggs” was just published in English, has become something of a feminist icon in her male-dominated country. To explain the pressure felt by women in Japanese society, the novelist Mieko Kawakami recalls a playground prank from elementary school.

Italian woman wins Picasso painting in French charity raffle delayed by coronavirus

An Italian woman on Wednesday won a Pablo Picasso painting worth 1 million euros ($1.1 million) in a French charity raffle that raised money for African water projects. The winner - who received her lottery ticket as a gift - will acquire the Spanish master’s 1921 oil-on-canvas still life &ld


Aside from being the Duchess of Sussex, starring on US legal drama Suits and her philanthropic work, over the years Meghan Markle has become widely known for her strong stance on feminism. When the former actor married Prince Harry in May 2018, the biography about her life which appeared on the roy

Saluting Arab women doctors

In most of the Arab region today, probably more than other parts of the world, women are assuming added responsibility within the family and at the level of society at large. With school closures, women are shouldering much of the childcare duties and making sure the family holds together. In the A

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