Women Wednesday #5
Posted on 28 November 2016
Twenty female engineers are breaking gender roles in Afghanistan, as they have been selected to work on the restoration of the Darul Aman Palace which has been destroyed by years of warfare. There is still disapproval of women in the region to conduct typically male jobs, especially construction. Zahra Jafari, one of the electrical engineers, says that their participation will “break the taboo that considers women to weak to work in construction.” We can’t wait to see it finished!
Margaret Hamilton has received the United States’ highest civilian honour, the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work on the Apollo Space System. Hamilton hand wrote her pioneering software that was essential to the moon landings when she was just 24. Now, finally being recognised for her contribution at 80, President Obama said Mrs Hamilton “symbolises that generation of unsung women who helped send humankind into space.” Congratulations Margaret, you are a star!
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A young girl living in rebel held Aleppo, Bana Alabed, has been live tweeting her experience of the war since September, and has recently found comfort in reading books. In a series of Twitter exchanges with J.K Rowling, the authors team and the girls parents managed to find away to get her the Harry Potter books to immerse herself in. Bana, 7, was delighted and tweeted a picture holding up a sign thanking “her friend, J.K Rowling.” We send our support to Bana and her family, and hope the books keep coming in.