Balsam and Lulwa Al Ayoub, Kuwait’s only two female fencers, and two of the three professional female athletes in the country, recently appeared on Kuwaiti television where they discussed Ashoka Arab world. Balsam and Lulwa are candidates for the Fellowship, and have been raising their swords for women’s empowerment in the Gulf region. The Al-Ayoub sisters have had to overcome many obstacles to achieve their succes in the sporting field, including challenging gender-stereotypes, and are intent on using their experiences to mentor other girls to go after their dreams.
If you understand Kuwaiti Arabic, watch the video clip below to listen to the sisters, or just watch it to catch a glimpse of these fashionable fighters for women’s rights in the Gulf region. Go girls!