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March 8, 2016

Prominent Qatari Women Speak at International Women’s Day Celebration

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU) hosted a panel discussion titled “My Voice, My Future” in collaboration with the Doha International Family Institute (DIFI). The event was attended by more than 200 members of the community including several dignitaries.
International Women’s Day celebrates the achievements women have made to date worldwide, highlighting their ongoing contributions to cultural, economic, political and social development.The event held at the HBKU Student Center served to highlight the success stories and challenges faced by women in Qatar and around the world.
In her welcome address, Dr. Al Malki, Founding Dean of HBKU’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences, commented on the theme of the event: “Qatari women have achieved milestones during the last two decades, and numbers indicate clearly the increase in female graduates in general and women obtaining higher degrees. The numbers also indicate an increase in the percentage of women in the work force.”
The event invited five prominent Qatari women to share their stories with those in attendance: Dr. Kholode Al Obaidli, former Vice President of National Talent Management within the Human Resources Department at Qatar Airways, Ms. Aysha Al Mudahka, CEO of Qatar Business Incubation Center (QBIC), Dr. Asma Al-Fadhala, Director of Research at the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), Ms. Hanadi Al Darwish, artist and Director of the Visual Arts Center of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, and Ms. Tahani Al-Hajri, Columnist. Ms. Reem Al-Harmi, a well-known Qatari columnist, moderated the discussion and facilitated a lively question and answer session.
Additionally, DIFI held three ‘chat groups’ on the topics of ‘Women and Work’, ‘Women and The Family’, and ‘Women and the Media’. Findings from these discussions will be used as part of DIFI’s ongoing research.

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