Successful Arab Female Lawyers Shattering Stereotypes
Over the last few years, nations in the region such as Saudi Arabia have been taking major steps towards advancing the role of women in the nation’s legal sphere, launching programs designed to help law firms develop their staff and provide women with the support they need to enter the workplace. Indeed, many more women from the region are championing for justice than ever, while breaking down barrier in fields that were once dominated by men. Here are four Arab female trailblazers who are leaving their mark you should know:
Bayan Mahmoud Al Zahran
Bayan Mahmoud Al Zahran made history by becoming one of the first female attorneys in Saudi Arabia in 2013. Aiming to break down barriers, in 2014, she launched an all-female law firm with the goal to fight for the rights of local Saudi women, as well as assisting courts in understanding legal matters from a female point of view. This trailblazer has inspired women looking to practice law, taking 7th place as Most Powerful Arab Woman in the 2015 list by Arabian Business magazine, and was also included in Fortune's 2015 list of the World's 50 Greatest Leaders.
Sara Abdulhameed Naji
Sara Abdulhameed Naji is a senior legal consultant, and founder of the Saudi-based Naji Khairan Advocates & Legal Consultants. She specializes in legal consultation with experience in labor law, corporate law, and all types of civil litigations. She is also a licensed legal practitioner from the Ministry of Justice, and member of the Saudi Bar Association.
Najwa Attiga is a seasoned attorney with over 25 years of experience as a strategic and corporate advisor. Currently based in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), she's also the founder of the London-based Women Lawyer Group Middle East, as well as serving as General Counsel and Head if Compliance at Emirates Investment Authority. She's also a firm believer in allowing women to form networking groups, while providing them with economic empowerment.
Amal Clooney is a British-Lebanese barrister currently based in the United States with an impressive career on a global stage. She specializes in human rights and international law with experiences in the Hague, the International Court of Justice, and the International Criminal Court.
Adding to her portfolio, she represented famous people including Nobel Prize laureate Maria Ressa; Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks; and Yulia Tymoshenko, former Prime Minister of Ukraine. Along with her husband, George Clooney, she also founded the Clooney Foundation for Justice.