Doha Learning Days (DLD) set aside 17 November as Women Empowerment Day. The festival, ongoing this week until Tuesday, 19 November, at Education City, is the country’s first experiential learning festival organised by the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE). 

The day’s sessions marked the theme with activities in the Networking Majlis that focused on empowerment and inspiration.

‘Speed-Mentoring’ gave high school students and their parents the chance to meet current undergraduates from several universities in a speed-mentoring format. The students were given the opportunity to ask questions related to college applications and university courses in a casual and intimate setting. Participating universities include Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar, Georgetown University in Qatar, Northwestern University in Qatar, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar and Texas A&M University at Qatar.

‘Speed-Mentoring with Female Change-makers and Role Models in Qatar’ introduced an impressive line-up of local female change-makers and thought-leaders who openly shared knowledge and advice with young girls to give them guidance and inspiration going forward on their future career paths.

Speakers included principal presenter at Al Jazeera English Folly Bah Thibault; established Qatari filmmaker Amal Al Muftah; and Qatari influencer Haneen Al Saify.

DLD is open to the public and the activities and sessions are free-to-attend. For more information on the full programme, visit

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