Her Excellency Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, Vice Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation (QF), announced a pledge to make women at least half the panel speakers in all its conferences and events, locally and internationally. This pledge reaffirms the foundation’s commitment to widening the possibilities and perspectives to crucial issues and challenges that Qatar faces.
Her Excellency Sheikha Hind said: “It is my belief, and that of Qatar Foundation, that neither gender nor any other consideration should present a barrier to a person’s development, their pursuit of opportunity, and their voice is heard in global conversations about topics, themes, and challenges that affect all of society.”
This pledge was announced in the wake of International Women’s Day and will take effect in 2020 across all QF events. Participants in discussions related to education, science and research and community development at every debate for every event will always be at least 50 percent female. This move will provide opportunities for women to participate in the advancement of society regardless of gender.
“Now, by committing to having at least 50 percent female representation on all our conference and event panels from 2020 onward, we aim to further emphasize Qatar Foundation’s role as a leader and driver of inclusivity and positive social change, nationally and regionally – and the necessity of both men and women being part of making this change happen.”
Qatar is a leader in the Middle East in women’s rights and empowerment and supports the United Nations’ focus on female empowerment as an aspect of addressing social and economic change. This pledge aims to strengthen the actions and commitments of Qatar Foundations to provide the opportunities needed to become a role model in the Middle East.
“The pledge we announce today is a natural, visible, and powerful extension of this belief. Through our investment in education and our ethos as an organization, Qatar Foundation’s commitment to providing opportunities for everyone to be an active participant in society is personified by the diversity of the achievers and role models we nurture, and the impact they are making in a broad spectrum of fields within Qatar and beyond.
Did you know that Qatar has a uniquely empowering education and business environment for women, and the country has many examples of women in prominent positions of leadership?
Click here for QAI’s” Women’s Rights and Leadership Roles in Qatar” fact sheet.