Posted on March 08, 2019

The French Embassy in Qatar and Maison de la France held as special event to mark this year’s International Women’s Day, on March 8. 

Speaking at an event entitled ‘Women and Diversity lunch Talks’, Sheikha Abdulla al Misnad stressed the tremendous success of Qatari female students in universities. “For the 2017 academic year, 64 percent of the Qatari graduates are ladies, excluding military colleges or students on scholarship from other government companies,” she said. 

Ambassador of France to Qatar HE Franck Gellet stressed the prominent role of women in all sectors from business, health, education and culture to the development of Qatar and the achievement of its Vision 2030. He said, “The Women and Diversity lunch Talks featured a panel discussion with three prominent Qatari women from varied professional backgrounds talking about their experiences, challenges and contributions to the development of Qatar. Panelists stressed the important role women play in helping achieve the objectives of Qatar National Vision 2030. There is an evident increase in the number of women joining professions that were previously male dominated.”

The second panel discussion, featuring three human resources managers from French companies Alstom, Thales and Total, highlighted the case for diversity and inclusion, sharing initiatives to attract more women in the private sector. The focus was on underlining the importance of considering all aspects of diversity, not only from the gender angle, but the need for chances to be based on performance, leadership and competencies only, and not on country of origin, religion, colour or physical ability. After the panel discussions, the final interactive session with the audience served to share success stories and promote the involvement of both women and men to improve equality and diversity in the society. 

Male participants were very positively representing about 25 percent of the audience. The special get-together event supported by Total, Alstom, Technip FMC, Vinci Energies and United International Trading and Contracting gathered more than 120 participants.

source: Qatar Tribune