Advancement of Women – May 31, 2017

Afghan women break ground with TV station launch

Gulf Times – May 19, 2017: A new TV channel dedicated to women is set to begin broadcasting in Afghanistan, the first of its kind in a country whose media industry, like many areas of society, remains dominated by men.

Zan TV (“Women’s TV”) launches on Sunday with a staff of all female presenters and producers, following a high-profile marketing campaign on billboards in Kabul and on social media.

Female newsreaders appear regularly on many Afghan channels, but an entire station for women is a novelty. Its arrival highlights the fact that behind the daily stories of violence, change is taking place in Afghanistan, even if it is often slow and patchy.

 

Ivanka Trump to take part in presidential trip to Saudi Arabia

Al Arabiya English – May 19, 2017: Ivanka Trump will travel with the president to Saudi Arabia, Israel and Italy on his upcoming foreign trip, a White House official said.

A senior adviser to President Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump will be present for six days of the nine-day trip, which begins Friday, the official said. She’ll join her father for some events, but will also hold some of her own, the official said.

The official said that in Saudi Arabia, Ivanka Trump will take part in a roundtable discussion with Saudi women about women’s economic issues. Ivanka Trump wants to hear about the challenges women in the country face and the progress they have made, the official said. http://fortune.com/2017/05/19/the-worlds-most-powerful-women-may-19/

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/334210-ivanka-trump-to-hold-roundtable-with-women-in-saudi-arabia

 

Princess Reema sees ‘transformation’ in Saudi women’s role in labor market

Arab News – May 22, 2017: RIYADH: Saudi women have proved capable to enter the labor market alongside men and the country is keen to take all measures to empower them, said Princess Reema bint Bandar.

The deputy president of Saudi Arabia’s Women’s Sports Authority was speaking at a news conference on the role of Saudi women under the Vision 2030 reform plans.

“There has been a transformation regarding the role Saudi women can play in the labor force,” said Princess Reema, who is also vice president of the Saudi General Authority for Sports Planning and Development.

 

iCARE charity project for Myanmar women launched

Gulf Times – May 25, 2017: Clothing company Q Label Designers Collection has announced the launch of a charitable project, iCARE, in co-operation with Qatar Red Crescent (QRCS).

iCARE is a project put together by six women from different backgrounds, coming together to give back to suffering humanity by making fashion meet compassion.

A special range of clothes will be launched twice a year and 30% of the profit from those dresses will be donated to a specific humanitarian cause.

This year, for the launch, Q Label has joined QRCS’s project in Myanmar and dedicated their cause to ‘iCARE for Myanmar’, according to a press statement.

Four summer dresses have been released, each with a symbolic name — Compassion, Care, Peace and Love.

 

Saudi woman guide wins tourism trainer award

Al Arabiya English – May 25, 2017: Sara Qassim, the first Saudi woman to become a tour guide in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has won the Tourism Trainer Award.

Speaking to Okaz/Saudi Gazette, Qassim said she started her tourism career as a booking agent at a hotel in Jeddah.

“I then worked up the career ladder in the industry and worked in local and international tourism companies. I then became a lecturer and the head of the hospitality department at the International Technical College in Makkah,” said Qassim.

 

Women achievers honored at Dubai event

Trade Arabia – May 23, 2017: Local and expatriate women achievers from diverse fields of business and technology were honoured at the recently concluded Emirates Women Award, an event highlighting the role of women in the UAE society, held in Dubai, UAE.

Dubai Quality Group, organisers of the event, concludes the 14th cycle of the awards, which was under the patronage of HH Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Airports, president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, chairman and CEO of Emirates Group and the patron of Dubai Quality Group.

 

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