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14 March 2019 10:15 am

Women empowerment in Qatar has made good progress: H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa

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Her Excellency (H.E.) Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani, the Chairperson of Qatar Museums, Doha Film Institute and Reach Out to Asia (ROTA), highlighted the progress made by Qatar in enhancing women's role and empowerment through education and job creation.

Her Excellency called on the international community to work towards the best policies for the empowerment of women taking into account the cultural specificities of societies.

This came in a statement delivered by Her Excellency at the high-level panel discussion entitled 'Women in Power' held on the sidelines of sixty-third session of the United Nations (UN) Commission on the Status of Women, at the invitation of H.E. President of the 73rd session of the UN General assembly Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces.

H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa started by mentioning His Highness the Father Amir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, and stated that she grew up in a family that respects women and gives females and males the same opportunities in education and acquiring the same skills.

Her Excellency also reviewed the challenges faced by Gulf societies in the area of gender equality and the empowerment of women to play a leading role in society along men, saying this may differ from one country to another.

H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani said that Qatar has made great strides in the field of gender equality and empowerment of women.

In this context, she expressed her happiness at the leadership role played by her mother Her Highness (H.H.) Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, noting it is a very different thing in Qatar. "I am proud to say that education is in the interest of women and their empowerment, and it is a matter of great joy."

Her Excellency said that Qatar is of the view that gender equality is very important, referring to Qatar Foundation, which was established by H.H. Sheikha Moza bint Nasser.

The Foundation has opened several branch campuses, including the Texas A&M University, which provides certificates in the field of engineering and science, where the number of female graduates from this university is greater than that of males.

Her Excellency pointed to the importance of women's choice and the right to either join the labor force or choose maternity, and stressed the importance of balancing equality through good and constructive policies.

H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa stressed the importance of women's leadership role in political, social and economic decision-making, adding women's high positions will lead them to participate in policy-making and decision-making regarding the future of sustainable development because they will bring up the children of the future and this is an important matter.

Concluding, she called on the international community to work together to deliver the best policies for women's empowerment. "The issue for me is about choice and choosing the leadership role that suits women and how they contribute to society and the economy," she said, stressing that bridging the gap in traditional societies can only be achieved through gender equality in education and the empowerment of women.

The event was attended by a number of prominent women personalities, including H.E. former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, and Countess of Wessex Princess Sophie.

It was also attended by His Excellency Minister of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs Yousef bin Mohammed Al Othman Fakhro, and H.E. Permanent Representative of the State of Qatar to the UN Ambassador Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al Thani. (QNA)

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