Al-Faqih, Judge Kholoud

Faqih made history when she became the first female sharia judge in the Middle East (in Ramallah, Palestine). She has travelled internationally to speak about her struggles in succeeding in a male-dominated field, and has become an inspiration to many women outside the Middle East as well. She ranked number 10 in the 100 Most Powerful Arab Women in 2012 by CEO Middle East and Arabian Business magazines.

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