Qatar, over the years, has been actively joining the global celebration of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, proudly sharing the milestones that women have achieved here. This year’s theme follows the global call to #breakthebias.
Aside from events and activities launched to honour women, various deals and promotions are also available throughout March to pamper and celebrate the importance of the role of women in forging a future that is diverse, equitable and inclusive. See our listings here.
#BreakTheBias Panel Discussion
Organised by the French Embassy in Qatar and the French Business Council, this panel discussion was the ‘launchpad for a reimaging of a gender-equal world’, according to French Ambassador HE Jean-Baptiste Faivre. The event featured eight key contributors from Qatar’s various sectors – business, education, culture and art, and was moderated by HEC Paris in Qatar Associate Professor Shaheena Janjuha-Jivraj, an expert in innovation, leadership and diversity.
This very special exhibition, organised by Eiwan Al Gassar Gallery, was made by women for women to highlight female art and to unite women through art. This is an open door between cultures as it features twenty Arab countries represented by twenty female Arab artists. Aside from the exhibition, the event also featured the launch of a jewellery piece named For Her- Li Ajliha, specially designed for this initiative in cooperation with renowned artist Bashir Muhammad.
All proceeds from the sale of the jewellery will support women and children affected by the war in northern Syria. Find more details about the exhibition here.
Mondrian Doha marked this year’s International Women’s Day with a joint panel discussion with Harper’s Bazaar Qatar at CUT Doha Terrace. The panel featured four inspiring women who provided the audience with a deeper look into their successful journeys, achievements and how they were able to overcome both personal and professional obstacles while also inspiring other women to lead and thrive.
The special panel included:
- Sheikha Asma Al Thani: the first Qatari woman to summit Mount Manaslu (the 8th highest mountain in the world) and the first to climb Mount Ama Dablam. Both mountains are in Nepal.
- Dana Al Fardan: first female Qatari contemporary composer, songwriter, singer in English, and the Cultural Ambassador for the Qatari Philharmonic Orchestra.
- Nada Khamis Al-Sulaiti: international award-winning Qatari jewellery designer and founder of Hairaat Jewelry
- Winonah de Jong: designer and creative director of the high-end womenswear label, WINONAH
Premier Inn Hotels Qatar
Premier Inn Hotels Qatar celebrated International Women’s Day 2022 by recognising the contribution of women in their team. According to Country General Manager Rajiv Tarcar, their team has grown from ten women in 2017 to 25 women in 2022 and they have three more joining the team in April! The 27% of women in their team has made them stronger on all fronts.
Our resolve is to have more talented women join our team in the coming months and encourage more women in our leadership team. Our Operations Manager in Premier Inn Doha Airport Ms Konjit Ayele shared her growth journey from joining as the receptionist to the head of operations today. Ms Rosemary Pachuau, Housekeeping Manager in Premier Inn Doha Education City shared that her growth from Reservationist to Team Leader and now as Housekeeping Manager within a span of five years in the company is an example for other female professionals.
Qetaifan Island North Tour
Thanks to Qetaifan Projects, NAWIC Qatar, the first National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) in the Middle East celebrated International Women’s Day with a site visit of Qetaifan Island North.
Around 25 NAWIC members joined the 90-minute tour. All women were given flowers and goodie bags. NAWIC president Billie Teshich, who also talked about the origins of feminism during the gathering, said they are delighted to visit the project. She thanked Qetaifan Projects and NAWIC board member Carly-Jane Figgis for organising the Women’s Day event. For more information, please visit their website: www.nawic.qa
The Women’s Circle – an experience by Sheraton Grand Doha x Anahi celebrated Women’s History Month with art and self-expression, and a panel discussion on Art & Womanhood, featuring filmmaker Shaima Al Tamimi, visual artist Ghada Al Khater, artist and curator Asma Derouiche, and American artist Maya Azucena.
More details here.
Women of the Pandemic Special Reception
As part of the celebration for Women’s History Month, the Qatar America Institute for Culture (QAIC) and the Cultural Village Foundation – Katara are holding a special reception for their joint exhibition, Women of the Pandemic, this 23 March, to commemorate the artistic and cultural exchange of Qatari and American female artists. The exhibition had its debut last year at the QAIC headquarters in Washington, DC and recently travelled to Doha. Get more details here.
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