Roula Ajouz Sidani poses for a picture in her office in Beirut, Thursday, April 10, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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This is part of a series of weekly articles interviewing pioneering Lebanese women from various sectors.The 47-year-old, clad in a simple black shirt and a black-and-white scarf, has certainly been fighting for a long time.In 1998, Sidani was elected as a member of the Beirut Municipal Council and registered what she says was the highest number of votes, which was 48,301 . "In 1998, people didn't know Roula Ajouz, but they knew Wafic Ajouz, and they knew what Wafic Ajouz had done for this country," Sidani says, referring to her late father, a high-ranking employee at Middle East Airlines who she repeatedly mentions with fondness. On top of her municipal work, Sidani is also a board member of the Al-Makassed Islamic Philanthropic Association, a cause she clearly holds dear, and a member of the Future Movement's Political Bureau. Her full-time job, however, is as general manager and publisher of Cedar Wings, MEA's in-flight magazine. As Sidani explains the important role she believes Lebanon's national airline played during the 15-year Civil War and continues to play, it is evident that she has inherited her father's dedication to and love for it.Sidani recognizes the progress made by women in Lebanon and stresses that they needed to keep at it.
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