Posted on June 05, 2012

The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra (QPO) will perform for the first time in New York, as part of a special cultural event to empower women across the world. His Excellency Mr Nassir Abdulaziz Al Nasser, President of the United Nations General Assembly, will be hosting the event in the General Assembly Hall at 7pm tomorrow (June 6).

The QPO, a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), has delivered impressive performances by embracing both western and Arabic music. It serves as a cross-cultural bridge that unites people of all nations and seeks to highlight commonalities through music.

Along with the State of Qatar, QF is co-sponsoring this special evening. Its Chairperson, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, has consistently worked to improve the lives of women by facilitating their progress, and tackling a host of other critical issues such as the eradication of poverty.

Haya bint Khalifa Al Nassr, QF Director of Communication, will deliver a speech to highlight the significant role that the Foundation has taken to support women and promote culture under the guidance of Her Highness Sheikha Moza.

“Qatar Foundation seeks to unlock human potential and to strengthen the role of culture in all societies of the world through various channels, including music which is considered to be a universal language that creates dialogue between different cultures. Qatar Foundation’s participation through the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra is a clear example of the Foundation's desire to build bridges of cultural communication between Qatar and other countries around the world,” said Ms Al Nassr.

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“Her Highness Sheikha Moza, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, has made it her priority to create cultural debate between communities, in addition to facilitating the role of women and unlocking their potential with the full belief that a woman is at the heart of family and society. Thanks to these efforts, women today are involved at all levels in the renaissance which is taking place in Qatar and the rest of the region.”

His Excellency Mr Al Nasser stressed the essential role of music and culture in bringing people together to realise a shared vision. “The participation of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra is very poignant in showing that music can serve as a bridge of harmony that can be used to unite diverse cultures towards this great cause to help women and girls,” he said.

The evening function will serve a dual purpose - to promote the role of UN Women  (the entity tasked with increasing gender equality and women’s empowerment), as well as boosting support for the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women.

With an estimated six out of ten women worldwide having experienced physical or sexual violence, H.E. Mr Al Nasser appealed for a concerted effort from all stakeholders to address this pressing problem.

The trust fund, which is managed by UN Women, hopes to achieve the organisation’s overall mission by providing grants to local initiatives around the world so as to tackle and eliminate increasing violence against women and girls. This year, the fund is focusing its efforts on aiding women in conflict, post-conflict and transitional settings.

Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, and Executive Director of UN Women, Madame Michelle Bachelet, are both expected to give speeches. In addition, high profile UN Goodwill Ambassadors, Mira Sorvino and Nicole Kidman, will lend their support by taking part in the event.

The event is also a celebration of the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly under the presidency of H.E. Mr Al Nasser, a Qatari national who has witnessed critical and historic events in the Middle East and North Africa during his tenure.

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