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Ambitious Arab and Asian women are truly the leaders of tomorrow

Our readers have their say on Arab and Asian women leaders, Greta Thunberg, Houthi trials of journalists, and car insurance

India's Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has made it on Forbes' list of most powerful women in the world. REUTERS
India's Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has made it on Forbes' list of most powerful women in the world. REUTERS

I write to you in reference to Nivriti Butalia’s opinion piece For women to be safe, people’s mindsets need to change around the world (December 8).

In this new age of uncertainty, it is heartening to see that women from the UAE, Saudi Arabia and India are making it on the list of Forbes’ most powerful women in the world.

It is high time that women from Asia and the Arab world are recognised in the worlds of business and beyond.

Their achievements should be perceived as empowering not only their home countries but also women across the world.

Among the nominees is India’s Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who was ranked well ahead of New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, British Queen Elizabeth II and US President Donald Trump’s daughter and Advisor Ivanka Trump. This sends an indirect message to the budding younger generation that nothing is impossible if they set their mind to it.

Women should not be afraid to take their fate into their own hands and. They have the power to make this world a better place.

Ramachandran Nair, Muscat

Greta Thunberg fully deserves to be honoured by ‘Time’ magazine

I write to you in reference to the article Greta Thunberg named ‘Time’ Person of the Year (December 11).

She richly deserves the honour. She has mobilised global opinion and focus on a key issue of our time, climatic changes and preserving the planet. At the young age of 16, she has become the voice of the world. Greta and her family should be proud.

The world needs more young leaders like her.

Rajendra Aneja, Dubai

Houthi rebels are arbitrarily arresting journalists in Yemen

I write to you in reference to Ali Mahmood’s article Houthi court begins trial for Yemeni journalists held on trumped up charges, lawyer says (December 11).

Houthi-ruled Yemen has become a banana republic with kangaroo courts. To arrest journalists who are simply doing their job is a blatant attempt to keep people from finding out the truth. But the truth always wins. Freedom of speech encourages the media to be fair and honest in their reporting.

Nazim Hasan Khan, India

If the car is insured, anyone with a valid driver’s licence can drive it

I write to you in reference to Keren Bobker’s article Can my sister drive my car when she visits Dubai? (December 14): If the car is insured, anyone with a valid driver’s licence can drive it.

Miltiadis Kyvernitis, UAE

Updated: December 15, 2019 12:49 PM

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