Iraqi Woman Receives the Arab Woman of Excellence Award
Dr. Azhar Hussein Saleh, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Planning and the head of Syndicate of Iraqi Engineers, received the Arab Woman of Excellence Award in the field of public service.
In an interview she gave to the Iraqi News Agency, Dr. Saleh said that she received this award, the first Iraqi woman to do so, as the only woman in the Arab region to head a syndicate of engineers, in addition to her other accomplishments. She added that she did not receive the award in person in light of the current circumstances. A ceremony that would allow her to officially receive it from Arab League will be held in Tunis early next year as part of Arab Women Week.
She goes on to say: “This major award is considered among the most prestigious honoring Arab women.” She then emphasizes that she will continue to move along the same path and work to keep pace with technological development, in order to help her country grow and prosper.
Dr. Saleh then explained that this award honors the distinguished role Iraqi women play in the development and construction of Iraq despite the difficult circumstances.
Dr. Saleh holds a Ph.D. in engineering and has held many high-ranking administrative positions; before being an Undersecretary, she had been the General Director of the General Government Contracts Department and Director General of Sector Planning Department at the Ministry of Planning. She also represents Iraq in the World Federation of Engineering Organizations, and has many academic and social achievements to her name.