Arslan: women are not given their rights just like that (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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This is part of a series of weekly articles interviewing pioneering Lebanese women from various sectorsIt's an attitude that has served Arslan throughout her life, whether dealing with family, friends or work. The women's rights advocate is now famed for her extensive work in the field, but it's only thanks to her persevering attitude that she has managed to step out of the more traditional role of wife and mother. The key, Arslan says, is to use words rather than fists. Married into a prominent and wealthy Druze family, Arslan nevertheless maintains her humility and simplicity. When she got married, she did not have an academic degree yet and later quit her law degree at the Lebanese University just a year into it when her two children were born.By the time she was 28, Arslan began to search her soul for something more; but what? It began with building a school in the remote southern town of Hasbaya to cater to the area's educational needs and later went on to initiate a women's economic empowerment program.Arslan's aura is one of positivity, and even though she admitted there had not been enough progress in terms of women's rights in Lebanon, she pointed out that things were nevertheless moving forward.
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