Posted on March 06, 2018

The Doha International Family Institute (DIFI), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), is to hold an open forum titled ‘Political Participation and Arab Women as Agents of Change’ on 11 March, in celebration of International Women’s Day in Qatar.

The event, organized in collaboration with Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s College of Humanities & Social Sciences, will include a panel discussion on the rationale, challenges, and opportunities of women in parliament in the Arab region and will explore the social barriers to women’s political participation. In addition, the forum, to be held at the Qatar National Convention Centre, will open the floor to topics such as Qatari women in parliament and the impact of their representation in influencing policy-making.

Ms. Noor Al Malki Al-Jehani, Executive Director, DIFI, said: “This event seeks to analyze the current situation of women in parliament, with particular emphasis on women’s leadership and participation in decision-making in the Arab region and at international level. The event aims to examine the links between women’s presence in decision-making and their impact on improving living conditions for families, communities, and societies as a whole. “This discussion forum will also shed light on the recent steps taken by Qatar to nominate four female members to the Shura Council, which represents an important historic milestone in the process of empowering Qatari women,” added Ms. Al-Jehani.

Panel speakers will include female members of the Qatari Shura Council, Dr. Hend Al Muftah and Ms. Reem Mohammed al Mansouri; Hon. Eng. Nashia Al Kharoosi, Member of State Council & Council Bureau in Oman; and Dr. Ghadeer Al-Assiri, a researcher and political activist from Kuwait. The event will also gather representatives from civil society and academia. DIFI is a global policy and advocacy institute working to advance knowledge on Arab families through research and promote evidence-based polices at a national, regional, and international level. The institute has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.