Tuesday, March 17, 2015


Nawal El Moutawakel was born on the 15th April 1962 in Casablanca. She is a Moroccan hurdler that has won many prizes like the inaugural women's 400m hurdles event at the 1984 Summer Olypics, and this made her the first female Muslim born on the continent of Africa to become an Olympic champion.
El Moutawakel studied at Iowa State University. Her victory was a surprise for everyone, even though she had been a quite accomplished runner. Her medal meant the breakthrough for sporting women in Morocco and other Muslim countries. In 1995, El Moutawakel became a council member of the Internacional Association of Athletics Federations, and in 1998 she bacame a menmber of the International Olympic Committee.
We are all born the same and that means that we are all born with the same opportunities and rights, no matter wich religion we follow or which country we're from.
I think that Nawal El Moutawakel is one of the few women that could show the world that Muslim and/or Arab women are also capable to do many things, just like women that have other origins. Arab women can play sports, be  doctors, be engineers, be artists... and of course, they can also be an example to follow.

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