Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) will launch this week ‘Her Majlis,’ an exhibition exploring Qatari women’s opinions and gathering spaces.
The project seeks to better understand the drivers and obstacles of Qatari women’s engagement in society by exploring how they participate in civil society, including in traditional gatherings.
‘Her Majlis’ is now open to the public until 8 October 2015 at the Art Gallery of Hamad bin Khalifa University Student Center. An official ‘Opening Reception’ will be held from 6-10 pm on Wednesday, 9 September. This includes the opportunity to discuss the research with both female students and faculty at 8:30pm. All are welcome.
The undergraduate students, most of whom are Qatari women, undertook the research project entitled ‘Qatari Women: Engagement and Empowerment.’
Everette E Dennis, Dean and CEO of NU-Q said, “This remarkable research challenges misconceptions about female repression or exclusion within society, dispelling negative stereotypes, particularly the role of women portrayed in international media coverage of the Middle East. As a school we try to connect topics of local interest with our own research efforts.”
The findings on display have been collected from a range of sources, including student ethnographic research in women’s majlis gatherings, student-produced photography and films, and opinions of Qatari women gleaned from original surveys, written by faculty and students, and professionally conducted by Qatar University’s Social and Economic Survey Research Institute (SESRI).
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