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04.09.13

In Islamic World, New Female Lawyers and Politicians

Women are making strides in the Middle East this week.

If not turning, the tide certainly seems to be rising for women in the Islamic world. According to France24, the first female trainee advocate was registered in Saudi Arabia yesterday. This precedent-setting case suggests that other Saudi women may now make steps to practice law in a country racked with rigid laws under Sharia that once would have prohibited their entry into the profession. In Pakistan, too, women are making moves. On Monday, WorldNews reports, Badam Zari, from Bajaur, Pakistan, entered her name on the ballot for parliamentary elections, set to take place on May 11—making her the first woman to run for office in the strict tribal belt region. Zari, 38 and married to a principal, is herself devoted to women’s education and to bettering living conditions for women in Pakistan, in general. Although she’s up against 44 men, she is hopeful. And it seems the feeling is mutual across gender lines; one male Bajaur resident, Dil Faraz Khan, said, “I was so happy today when I heard on local FM radio that a woman would contest election. This woman would be far better than those corrupt politicians.”