Following its successful debut in September this year, W Doha hosted the return of ‘What She Said’ at the Great Room last week, to celebrate femininity and women pushing boundaries, this time focused on the realm of education. The event was in collaboration with Education Above All (EAA) Foundation and in observance of the International Human Rights Day, celebrated every 10 December each year.

Over 150 women attended the event which kicked off with a mix and mingle mocktail party, followed by a thought-provoking panel discussion moderated by Grazia Arabia Editor in Chief Bianca Brigitte Bonomi. The panel included an inspiring line-up of four Qatari women, each breaking boundaries in the field of education: EAA Youth advocate Hessa Al Noaimi; comedienne, model, athlete and disability rights advocate Nawaal Akram; writer and social activist Tahani Al Hajri; and Bedaya General Manager Reem Al Suwaidi.

Each woman spoke about their individual journeys and challenges, while collectively they shared much-welcomed advice on how to overcome obstacles and the importance of building resilience as a key tool in the face of adversity. The conversation also explored the necessity of education in emergency responses, the importance of equitable education for all genders and disabilities, as well as the impact of education in conflict-affected communities. The discussion closed with an engaging Q&A and an interactive painting session with emerging artist Hessa Kalla.

‘What She Said’ is a global speaker series that brings together inspirational women and sparks conversations that inspire, educate and enlighten. It aims to encourage and support women who navigate the challenges and triumphs of work and play to go after their goals no matter the obstacles.