MEDIA, there are a lot of Amals out there


Amal Alamuddin?

I accidentally, while procrastinating, googled her name and read her CV. Before that, I only knew her as the woman who charmed Mr. Clooney. It turns out that Clooney is the lucky one, and not the other way around.

She is a name that have popped on my Facebook homepage, twitter timeline, Daily mail front page and probably every online and hardcopy magazine/newspaper out there in the last few weeks. Alamuddin is a Lebanese woman living in London with a career profile that would blow anyone’s mind away. She is a barrister (an English way of saying ‘lawyer’) specialising in human rights, international law, and criminal law. She  has a BA from Oxford University and an LLM degree from New York University School of Law. As a barrister, she has advocated cases in domestic courts and all the way to the International Court of Justice. She is also an expert in criminal law and situations in the Middle East arena. I could really go on and on about this woman’s, like many many other women, extraordinary achievements and hardworking past and present.

Before this year, I have never read Amal Alamuddin’s name, nor have I heard about how an Arab woman is now a successful barrister in the United Kingdom representing cases in international courts. It may be lack of researching skills on my behalf? but it could also be the inefficiency of Middle East platforms which seem to lack focus on women and their achievements. Instead, they seem to enjoy highlighting ‘scandals’ which women are involved in, and ‘morality’ issues. I can count tens and hundreds of news pieces which I read this year only, that present women in a stereotypical and degrading way. Remember Jackie Chamoun? The lebanese participant in Sochi 2014 Olympics, who was harshly criticised when she was at Sochi by the Arab World’s media because someone found nude photos of her and decided to publish them? The media chose to focus only on that embarrassing part of her past, and not the fact that she was one of the only four Arabs participating in the 2014 Olympics.

I am sure there are a lot of Amal Alamuddin out there, women who have worked hard and have started from scratch in order to achieve their goals and accomplish better lives for themselves. Women who have fought and are still fighting tirelessly against stereotypes and taboos which surround them because of their gender. Just because Alamuddin was proposed to by one of the most eligible bachelors, that does not make it more important than her brilliant career. Who one decides to marry is a personal matter, and while I do agree that Clooney is a high profile celebrity with a lot of eager fans around the world who are willing to wait for hours just to see him or hear his voice, let us not make Alamuddin’s engagement to him HER greatest achievement.

Her success as an Arab woman in the international arena is what should make us proud of her, and our media, at least, should portray her academic and work accomplishments instead of her personal life.

There are a lot of Amals out there, who are working to make this world a better one, and one which accepts women in authoritative positions. To all of you great courageous women out there, even though the media won’t write about you unless you do something which is considered ‘immoral’ or ‘unacceptable’ or ‘scandalous’, you are still what gives the rest of us hope in reaching equality. THANK YOU.


11 thoughts on “MEDIA, there are a lot of Amals out there

  1. “Like many many more out there..” INDEED!

    We do tend to focus on (fadayi7), maybe because el jomhoor 3awiz kidah! 😦 – we r – the audience- to blame too I guess.

    Line 8; the last word should be mind not bind (plz tell me it was a typo and u didn`t put it purposively, lol)
    One question though plz: who is this George cloney character? 😛

    1. I think yes, we get excited about scandals and when the topics are serious the reading rate is low, when its scandalous and juicy the reading rate is high!
      Yes a typo haha thanks!

      Clooney, wa ma adraka man hwa Clooney

      1. Mega high! 😦
        I just googled him, seems like a nice guy :P, can`t remember where I`ve seen his face though!
        “isn`t he the one that WE suggested he might be affiliated with CIA and being used as a medium to destroy our youth, culture, way of living, etc..)

      2. Hahah he had the show ER I remember watching it when I was young!
        Did we really? I don’t think so lol but nevertheless you just attracted the CIA to my blog

  2. Well, he does not know us either so .. fair enough 😀

    CIA can mean a lOt of thingies, no worries (confidentiality arrangement association for instance)

      1. Absolutely! [u can stop security-searching us now dear Big Brother]

        Have a nice evening Badia (it is still day time though! After 8 and still day-light – I miss Jordan`s time) 🙂

  3. An interesting piece as always well written.When you have your law degree maybe you will meet your own movie star!!( CIA Clooney is Arab !)

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