“International Women's Day: Activist tells of the challenges and progress to empower rural women” —The National
Humanitarian co-ordinator is now working closely with the UAE’s Peace Forum for Muslim Societies
The National: A woman who spent 20 years fighting for equality in rural and conservative societies has spoken of the progress made as well as the challenges ahead.
Manal Omar has facilitated dialogue between strict religious leaders and women, fought against child marriage and sought to ensure women don’t need the permission of men to seek healthcare services.
From Iraq to Afghanistan to Yemen, Sudan and Northern Nigeria, the 42-year-old activist and author has facilitated projects from saving lives, lobbying for law changes, and training midwives in rural areas.
Ms Omar is now working closely with the UAE’s Peace Forum for Muslim Societies to enhance women’s participation in the religion and global peace-building efforts.