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Zahra Abdelnaieem is the head of Niswa, a network of community, religious and political leaders that connects with conflict-affected groups to work towards peace and reconciliation. The group also supports survivors of gender-based violence by linking them to medical, legal and community services. Though she has lost the people closest to her and endured incredible struggle to sustain the network, she overcomes obstacles by keeping a positive attitude and tenaciously continues to reach out to her community for strength.
A commitment was made by Prime Minister Abe and the government of Japan to advance women’s position in society at the recently held World Assembly for Women (WAW) in Tokyo. At the high-profile meeting he reaffirmed his commitment to spend nearly 3 billion US dollars on women’s empowerment initiatives over the next three years. Outlining the importance of equal rights of all citizens to education and health, he called upon all participants in the event to proceed in “creating a society where women will shine.”