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Published on Apr 16, 2010
Afnan Al Zayani is the recipient of the Vital Voices 2010 Leadership in public Life Award. The Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards honor and celebrate women leaders who are working to strengthen democracy, increase economic opportunity and protect human rights around the world.
Until recently, there was no personal status law in Bahrain to govern family issues or to regulate a womans right to secure a divorce or gain custody of her children. Afnan saw this as an injustice and brought the voices of businesswomen into a diverse movement in collaboration with the Womens Union, advocating national legislators as well as religious authorities in an effort to ensure that every Bahraini woman could be guaranteed equal protection under the law.