Algeria Promotes More Female Military Officials than Any Other Arab Country
In 2010, Fatima Arjoun became the first female general in Algeria's military. After promoting three more women this year, Algeria has risen to the top of the Arab world in including women in high-ranking military positions.
What's the Latest?
Al-Arabiya News reported today that Algeria's president has promoted three female military officers to the rank of general. This makes Algeria the country with the most high-ranking female military officials in the Arab World. The move comes after years of pressure on president Abdel Aziz Bouteflika to take strides in improving opportunities for women. The Algerian leader made history in 2010 when he appointed Fatima Arjoun the first female general in Algeria's history. Arjoun had been a veteran of the Algerian War for Independence.
What's the Big Idea?
Despite the generals' promotions and the country's position as one of the region's most secular, Algerian women are still restricted by the nation's Family Code. President Bouteflika has supported abolishing the Code, though the response to his proposal has been tepid at best. Still, the move to further incorporate women into the upper ranks of the military is a very certain step toward the breaking down of traditional barriers.
Algeria has so far sat on the sidelines as many of its neighbors have undergone recent insurgencies and regime changes. This is because Algeria fought its own Islamist insurgency during the 1990s and the scars of the conflict still burn today. The nineties is often called a lost decade for Algeria and represented a major setback for the nation's women, but the years since have offered small glimmers of hope for female Algerians.
Keep reading at Al-Arabiya
Photo credit: Jiri Flogel / Shutterstock
Upstreamism advocate Rishi Manchanda calls us to understand health not as a "personal responsibility" but a "common good."
- Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
- Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
- Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
- Climate change is no longer a financial problem, just a political one.
- Mitigating climate change by decarbonizing our economy would add trillions of dollars in new investments.
- Public attitudes toward climate change have shifted steadily in favor of action. Now it's up to elected leaders.
A new study shows that some men's reaction to sex is not what you'd expect, resulting in a condition previously observed in women.
A plan to forgive almost a trillion dollars in debt would solve the student loan debt crisis, but can it work?
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren has just proposed a bold education reform plan that would forgive billions in student debt.
- The plan would forgive the debt held by more than 30 million Americans.
- The debt forgiveness program is one part of a larger program to make higher education more accessible.
SMARTER FASTER trademarks owned by The Big Think, Inc. All rights reserved.