50 Arab Women You MUST Follow on Twitter!
They say “All Roads Lead to Rome,” and I say “All WWWs Lead to Twitter!”
As for my blog post, it will lead you to my top “50 Arab Women You MUST Follow on Twitter!”
I’m personally a huge fan of the social network; the concept of Twitter is simple, yet captivating.
In the early 1920s, Arab women began to step out of the shade and into the spotlight through Feminist movements.
Today, they are a success in their own right. Twitter was a tool that helped bring them out into the spotlight to voice their thoughts, opinions and personalities freely to the whole world.
Not only that, but the Blue Bird(ie) has plenty of times acted as a support network for female Arab activists, such as Saudi Manal Al Sharif, who drove a car in her native Saudi as a way of protesting against the law preventing women from driving.
My selected 50 women will capture you with as little as 140 characters, tweeting about anything and everything from life, love, politics, money, science, jokes, business and more.
Some of these women are famous, and some are just like you and I: Intelligent, well-positioned in their fields and have interesting things to say with a pinch of humour.
In no particular order, but categorised according to their field of work, meet 50 Arab women to follow on Twitter.
Activists & Good-Do-ers
1. Manal AlSharif – Saudi Arabia – Women’s Rights Activist @manal_alsharif
2. Lena Jarrar – Palestine, USA – Palestinian Rights Activist, Human Rights Degree Student @lrjarrar
3. Tawakkol Karman – Yemen – Nobel Peace Prize winner, Journalist, Women’s Rights Activist @tawakkolkarman
4. Ruwayda Mustafah – Kurdistan – Activist, Blogger for Huffington Post @ruwaydamustafah
5. Sara Salem – Egypt, Holland – Feminist, Writer @saramsalem
6. Leen Ali-Hasan – Jordan – Activist @leenalihasan
Media, Marketing & PR
7. Iqbal Tamimi – Palestine, UK – Journalist and Director of Arab Media Watch @arabmediawatch
9. Ruba Abu Judeh – Jordan – Digital Media Consultant, develops online businesses @abujudeh
10. Dana Abu-Laban – UAE – Journalist, Reporter @danaabulaban
11. Sawsan Abu Omar – UAE, Jordan – PR and Marketing Manager @susububbles
12. Nadia Alzou’bi – Jordan – Rotana Radio Presenter @alzoubinadia
13. Nora Younis – Egypt – Journalist, Human Rights Advocate @norayounis
14. Diana Moukalled – Lebanon – TV Journalist, Producer @dianamoukalled
15. Haya Almaqroon – Kuwait – Journalist, Human Rights Defender @haya_almaqroon
16. Najwan Nakho – Jordan, France -Company Support Officer at UBIFRANCE @najwana
17. Mona Eltahawy – Egypt, USA -Columnist and Public Speaker on Arab and Muslim issues @monaeltahawy
18. Reem M. Maghribi – Libya, Syria, UK – Communications Consultant and Director at Sharq.org @reemmaghribi
19. Sabina Shawareb – Jordan, Oman – Community Manager @sabinashawareb
Artists, Bloggers & Other
20. Eman Al Nafjan – Saudi Arabia – Blogger on Saudi issues @saudiwoman
21. Mona Kareem – Kuwait, USA – Blogger and founder of @bedoonrights @monakareem
22. Zeina – UAE – Blogger @ba2laweh
23. Amina Ghali – Egypt – Jewellery Designer for Azza Fahmy @aminaghali
24. Amel Tafsout – Algeria, USA – Dancer, Choreographer @ameltafsout
25. Jude Batayneh – Jordan, Canada -Stand-up Comedian, Psychology degree student @judebatayneh
26. Hana Malhas – Jordan – Singer, Songwriter @hanamalhas
27. Lina – Palestine, Qatar – Blogger, Aspiring Poet @livefromgaza
28. Lana El Sahely – Lebanon, France – Founder and Editor of L’Armoire De Lana, Freelance Stylist @lasahely
29. Lara Bechalany – Lebanon – Fashion Blogger @larabechalany
30. Huda – Lebanon, UAE – Hollywood Makeup Artist, Beauty Consultant @hudabeauty
31. Azza Al Qubaisi – UAE – Jewellery Designer, Sculpture @azzaalqubaisi
32. Zainab Alabri – Oman – Legal Researcher @zainabalabri
33. Nadia Naffa – Jordan – Owner, Producer and Graphic Designer at Green Bananas Jo @nadianaffa
34. Muna Al Khalil – Jordan – PADI Scuba Diving Instructor @scubamunz
35. Batoul Arnaout – Jordan – Sportswoman @batoularnaout
Business & Entrepreneurship
36. Habiba Hamid – UAE – Governance Specialist in the Arab Gulf @habibahamid
37. Muna AlGurg – UAE, UK – Retail Director and Chairperson at YAL UAE @munaalgurg
38. Zayna Hamarneh – Jordan – Entrepreneur and co-founder of MODE Marketing & PR @zaynahamarneh
39. Rana Abu-Ragheb – Jordan -Entrepreneur @ranaar
40. Oula Farawati – Jordan – Journalist turned Entrepreneur @oulafarawati
41. Maha Abouelenein – Egypt – Entrepreneur, Head of Google Communications in MENA @mahagaber
42. Rana Nejem – Jordan – Owner of YARNU for Etiquette and Protocol @rnejem
43. Afrah Nasser – Yemen – Blogger, Founder of Yemeni Salon in Sweden @afrahnasser
44. Rayya Al Habsi – Oman – Commercial kitchens Business Developer @rhydro
45. Fayrouz Zghoul – UAE, Jordan – Social Entrepreneur @fayrouzzghoul
46. Samar Shawareb – Jordan – Entrepreneur, founder of Arabia Weddings @samarshawareb
Doctors, Psychologists & Scientists
47. Qamar Al Asmar – Kuwait, Jordan – Biomedical Engineer @qamarasmar
48. Nesrin S. Khoury – Jordan -Relationships and Marriage Counsellor, Life Coach @nesrinkhoury
49. Ghada Karmi – Palestine, UK – Writer, Doctor, Activist @ghadakarmi
50. Sarah Khalifeh – Palestine, UK – Drug Addiction and Alcoholism Counsellor @__ladys