Women’s History Month is an annual declared month that celebrates the contributions and impacts women have had and continue to do to history, culture, and society.
Each Monday, we dedicated posts across our social media platforms to highlighting Qatari women leaders with backgrounds in politics, foreign policy, arts, philanthropy, and education. We wanted to showcase their accomplishments as well as change negative stereotypes of what role women play in Arab countries.
In the first week of March, we highlighted Her Excellency Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Al Misnad. H.E. is the co-founder and Chairperson of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development (QF). She is also the founder/chairperson of Education Above All (EAA), which aims to educate 10 million out of school children in conflict zones around the world.
She is passionate and committed to developing and shaping Qatar’s creative future. She has staged significant exhibitions with internationally renowned artists like Richard Serra and KAWS.
She also founded Reach Out to Asia, an organization focusing on helping victims form natural disasters in Asia.
The third week’s highlight was H.E. Sheikha Alya bint Ahmed Al-Thani is the permanent representative of Qatar to the United Nations Office in New York City.
She served at the Permanent Mission of Qatar to the United Nations in New York from April 2007 to July 2011, first as Counselor, then as Minister Plenipotentiary and finally as Deputy Permanent Representative.
In 2018 she, along with María Emma Mejía Vélez, Permanent Representative of Columbia to the UN, led the efforts of the book “HERstory” on women leaders of the UN, which is the first of its kind to celebrate women leaders in the UN.
The fourth week we focused on H.E. Lolwah Al-Khater is the current Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar. She is the first woman in Qatar to hold this position. As a result, she has now become one of the most visible and prominent female voices within the Middle East.
She also serves as the Spokesperson of the Supreme Committee for Crisis Management. This committee has been leading Qatar’s efforts in battling COVID-19 and has effectively communicated, under her leadership, to the public sound and reliable communications regarding the government’s efforts in fighting this global pandemic.
In the last week of March, we highlighted H.E. Sheikha Hind Bint Hamad Al Thani is the Vice-Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development.
She has become a role model for young women in Qatar and plays an essential role in advancing various national projects focusing on education, with social change at their core.
She is a passionate believer in the power of education to shape lives and strengthen societies.