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Breaking the Glass Ceiling in Palestine

Some good news from Palestine today, Women are moving up the ladder.

Businesswoman challenges traditions in Palestine

A successful company in Palestine has set a precedent in becoming the first firm to be headed by a female in the Muslim country.

The stock market is a land heavily dominated by men. Women are a rare sight on the trading floor, even in Western countries, not to mention the even more conservative Arab world.

successful company in Palestine has set a precedent in becoming the first firm to be headed by a female in the Muslim country.

Her story has inspired women trying to break away from the austere rules of religious society. She now employs several women in her company, and men it seems are slowly coming to grips with the new reality.

“You could often see women in various managerial positions. My boss is also a woman, and we are getting on quite well,” Salam Zohod, manager of a bank, said.

Regardless of the boardroom sessions and client meetings the chief executive is still very much a woman in a man’s world.

“Once I get home, I become mother and wife. I still have enough strength for household chores and for my husband,” Ruba Masrouji said.

So what do Palestinian men think about the example that makes their wives more confident and financially independent?

“It’s great that a woman can succeed in running a business as well as a family. It’s becoming a trend in our society, which is a positive sign,” broker Mohamad Elbarq said.

One thing Ruba Masrouji knows for sure is that it will only be through equal rights and opportunities that will keep her company and her nation united.

Rape Legal in Afghanistan~Hamid Karzai

Hamid Karzai signs law ‘legalising rape in marriage’

President Hamid Karzai has signed a law the UN says legalises rape in marriage and prevents women from leaving the house without permission.

The law, which has not been publicly released, is believed to state women can only seek work, education or doctor’s appointments with their husband’s permission.

Only fathers and grandfathers are granted custody of children under the law, according to the United Nations Development Fund for Women.

Opponents of the legislation governing the personal lives of Afghanistan’s Shia minority have said it is “worse than during the Taliban”.

The bill passed both houses of the Afghan parliament, but was so contentious that the United Nations and women’s rights campaigners have so far been unable to see a copy of the approved bill.

Shinkai Zahine Karokhail, a female MP, said the law had been rushed through with little debate.

She told the Guardian newspaper: “They wanted to pass it almost like a secret negotiation, “There were lots of things that we wanted to change, but they didn’t want to discuss it because Karzai wants to please the Shia before the election.”

The Afghan justice ministry confirmed the law had been signed, but said it would not be published until technical difficulties had been overcome.

A spokesman for President Hamid Karzai would not comment.