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Asma I. Abdulmalik

Asma I. Abdulmalik is an Emirati civil servant and a writer interested in gender and development issues. 
Twitter: @Asmaimalik

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GCC nations deserve global recognition over foreign aid 

Nearly 30 years ago, Joseph Nye coined the term “soft power,” meaning the ability to attract and persuade, as well as to change and influence policies and public opinion, through means other than coercion or force. Today, foreign aid forms a key part of most countries’ soft power strategy. 

June 20, 2018

GCC's youth bursting with potential

Youth in the GCC are today’s greatest catalyst for change. They are our governments’ most underutilized asset, the future-shapers and movers. Yet they continue to face great challenges in a rapidly changing environment. 

May 24, 2018

Why every day should be Children’s Day

The UAE marked the first Emirati Children’s Day on March 15 to coincide with the approval of "Wadeema's Law" (the UAE Child Protection Law) in 2016.

March 26, 2018

This is the way to truly celebrate women

On March 8 each year, people around the world take part in efforts to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

March 07, 2018

Time to help parents prioritize life over work

My son was born at 31 weeks, weighing a mere 1.7 kilograms and in need of intensive care. At almost five months, I left my son and went back to work. I was lucky to have the best support system, a very hands-on partner, and an incredible work environment. Yet I felt I was constantly failing.

January 30, 2018

Waiting for the dawn of a new day for women’s rights

It took Hollywood to finally bring abuse against women to everyone’s attention. Last week, many stars took a stance by wearing all black at the Golden Globes in a striking and symbolic show of solidarity with victims of sexual harassment.

January 14, 2018