Yemeni child bride honoured among Women of the Year
The annual Women of the Year Awards, published by Glamour magazine for the past 19 years and sponsored by L’Oreal, pay tribute to women who have made major contributions to entertainment, business, sport, fashion, science and politics.
Nujood Ali, who is now 10, was chosen for the award after her unusual story of rebellion against an arranged marriage made her an international celebrity, with her story highlighted by various magazines and TV networks.
Like many girls in Yemen, where the majority are Muslim, Ali was pulled out of second-grade from school by her impoverished father and married to a man in his 30s. He beat and sexually assaulted her.
Rather than accept traditional custom, Ali went to court, got the help of a human rights lawyer and successfully filed for divorce in April this year.
Other women to make the annual list included TV personality Tyra Banks for charity, Hillary Clinton for inspiring generations of women and actress Nicole Kidman for her work with the UN Development Fund for Women.
Source: Siasat News and New York times
Entry filed under: info. Tags: arab, arabs, arranged marriage, best women, child, child marriages, children, country, divorce, international celebrity, Marriage, men, middle east, new york times, rebellion, sexually assault, women, women of the year, world's best women, yemen, yemeni child.