Nawal El Moutawakel / by Molly Schiot

The first woman from a Muslim majority country to win an Olympic gold medal, Morrocan hurdler Nawal El Moutawakel shattered the misconceptions that Muslim and Arabic athletes could not achieve success in athletics. In the male-dominated Moroccan society, El Moutawakel has been a force of nature, spearheading the Moroccan Association of Sport and Development and encouraging women to find their voice through sport. 

The first woman from a Muslim majority country to win an Olympic gold medal, Morrocan hurdler Nawal El Moutawakel shattered the misconceptions that Muslim and Arabic athletes could not achieve success in athletics. In the male-dominated Moroccan society, El Moutawakel has been a force of nature, spearheading the Moroccan Association of Sport and Development and encouraging women to find their voice through sport.