This week, Qatar Foundation CEO Her Excellency Sheikha Hind Al Thani gave an interview to Annmarie Hordern of Bloomberg and discussed the work of the Qatar Foundation and the empowerment of women in Qatar.
Qatar Foundation has always offered equal opportunities to men and women, according to Sheikha Hind. Citing that half of the student body at Texas A&M University at Qatar and the majority of computer science students at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar are female, she says that Qatar has simply had to offer the opportunities for women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in the first place, rather than close a gender gap.
“Women are much more active in the workplace today than they were 20 years ago. Once you get the women involved in the conversation, you will see a societal impact and a societal change.” Sheikha Hind Al Thani
Sheikha Hind also discussed the impact that the illegal blockade has had on the students within the Qatar Foundation. While Qatar Foundation itself has not been meaningfully impacted by the blockade, many students had their exams and education disrupted as a result, and were forced to restart their degrees elsewhere or on the U.S. campuses of Education City’s university branches because they were no longer allowed to study in Doha.