#SheInspiresMe: Celebrating women in the Middle East on International Women’s Day

Today marks #IWD2017: this year’s International Women’s Day, a time to celebrate the accomplishments of women around the world while also acknowledging the progress that remains ahead. To honor International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, Twitter is encouraging people to spotlight inspirational women in their lives with the hashtag #SheInspiresMe, which will trigger a custom #WomensDay emoji. Other hashtags on the day include: #BeBoldForChange,#WomensDay ,#WomensDay2017 ,#InternationalWomensDay, #IWD, #IWD2017 #نحن_قادرات.

In the Middle East, Twitter has developed into a prominent platform of expression for women who greatly advocate women’s rights and support for other women in the region. In Saudi Arabia and the UAE, 73% and 53% of women use Twitter on a daily basis respectively and 79% of women in the UAE access it via their mobile phones.

The region is home to a host of influential women who have pushed the conventional boundaries to rise higher and bring about a meaningful change in the society. With conversations like these – and a great many more – women and allies around the world are joining together on Twitter to share experiences, challenges and successes. They are sharing what they want to see change, fostering dialogue and debate, and amplifying their voices to new audiences.

The following is a list of some of the most influential woman in the Middle East on Twitter :

@QueenRania

@NouraAlKaabi

@OhoodAlRoumi

@monaeltahawy

@manal_alsharif

@TawakkolKarman

@ZainabSalbi

@almayassahamad

@NaylaAlkhaja

@HaifaaMansour

@GameelaIsmail

 

The majority of conversations in the Middle East revolve around the issue of women’s rights and the basic need for female empowerment. Conversations previously unheard of are now seeing the light of day due to a host of already prominent women, and emerging influential women from the Middle East, sharing their thoughts. Such conversations are giving hope to women who wish for change, a chance to express and make their dreams come true.

While March 8th is the annual occasion of International Women’s Day, we also wanted to look back on the powerful conversations about women’s issues that have taken place on Twitter all year long.

 

Throughout the year, activists and citizens have come to Twitter to discuss the issues facing women in their communities, countries, and industries. Women’s participation and equality in the workforce has been one prominent conversation on Twitter this year: #DressLikeAWoman in the US (which drew over half a million Tweets in a few days), #WakingTheFeminist in Ireland, and #Planeta5050 in Brazil, were some of the hashtags tackling employment issues. The topic of #EqualPay was also an area of focus – there have been more than 2 million Tweets about.

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