It is time to look ahead to the role of women in the Arab world, eagerly seeking power and a place in their future. It is ironic that women are over 50 percent of the world’s population, yet still struggling for the power of women’s rights with the general public. But now women are bigger, better, and more powerful than ever in our new era. Women’s voices are finally being heard, particularly within the Arab world. They have been building bridges around our youth while fighting for human rights, equality, justice, and freedom. Besides the fight with labor, women are struggling to improve the issues of equal inheritance, marriage and divorce laws, child custody, representation in government, and discrimination. With all these issues and concerns, women are reaching for these goals to bring positive changes to their region. It is possible for a woman’s voice to ring worldwide. Our time is now! The approach is to not give up and to continue to ambitiously push forward until all goals are met. Strong female voices are being heard and Arab women are finally strengthening in our levels of society.
Women today are making up nearly two-thirds of University students in the Middle Eastern countries. While the progress in education among women has been recognizably proven, it does not measure up nor complement with the equality established in the workplace. It unfortunately seems that despite the high level of education that women have demonstrated throughout the years, they are still under-represented in employment work force.
Women are heavily participating and being profoundly involved in offering the economy a potential and solid growth for women and youth. The wealth and opportunities of women today have grown exponentially in the last decade with a growing number of young entrepreneurs in the Arab world. Wealthy business women have successfully led more than $40 billion in individual wealth through their sweat and hard work. Arab women are like any other women, and man for that matter. Arab women of today can be identified with continuous significant achievements actively as well as literally and vocally. Our civilization is called “human civilization” and should be attributed to men and women. What needs to be done is to prove to not only the Arab regions but to all the world that it is not a question of if women can do better than men, or men can do better than women; but simply to acknowledge the fact that 52 percent of the world’s humanity are women. Therefore, in order to achieve progress and advancement, we must gain gender equilibrium to activate the ruling of women as the basics of human rights. All our countries are full of business and it is because of the role of open minded and strong women in high heels with powerful positions in the world that give other Arab women a sense of hope and higher powered achievement. Ambition is not a crime, and this realization has increased the growth in starvation of Arab women seeking for a role in the economy and to defeat a high education and financial independence to set them free. Each and every inspiring heroine has made us realize that change can very much happen.
When you empower power, you empower the whole society because it reflects on the economic development of the region. Arab women are no longer stereotyped as helpless stay at home creatures forcefully obligated to keep their voices and opinions silent. They have explored intensely important roles and representations of Arab women with breaking barriers to be measured in their own advancements. “Karama” means dignity in Arabic and we have seen this dignity break shells in developing and progressing hundreds of thousands of women aggressively pursuing this issue across the entire world. And now, the world is finally listening.