Arab forum for women from Sept 17-19

Muscat - 

A three-day Arab Forum for Women and Psychological shifts in the Media will be held from September 17-19.

Being organised by the Women’s Commission for Development and Peace in the Middle East in collaboration with the Arabian Gate Expo, the theme of the forum is ‘Be conscious about your mental health’.

H H Sayyida Basma al Said; Awatif Althiyan, chairwoman, Women’s Commission for Development and Peace in the Middle East and Ruqia Almaani, CEO, Arabian Gate Expo addressed a press gathering at the Ministry of Information headquarters on Sunday to give details about the forum.

The forum will focus on women’s issues and create awareness about the prevalent stereotypes on mental illnesses in Arab societies. It will focus on creating awareness about mental diseases affecting women which sometimes lead to severe disorder and depression. “Media has a big role to play in the transformation of women, especially the new media, as they contribute in discussing the issues,” Sayyida Basma said.

The forum will see discussions, workshops and training programmes. “Kuwaiti actress, broadcaster and writer Hayat al Fahad, journalist Georges Qardahi and media specialist Lujan Omran will be main participants at the forum.”

The forum will also have speakers from 20 Arab countries, decision makers and those interested in women’s issues. “It will have participation of experts and specialists from various fields,” Sayyida Basma said.

The forum’s activities have been divided into four sections: discussion, training workshops, an exhibition and the entrepreneurship projects section.

There will be five dialogue sessions as part of the discussion section followed by presentation of working papers. There will be sessions on the role of governments and international organisations in improving women’s health, the impact of social media on women and Arab women.

There will be daily workshops too. In addition, businesswomen have been given the opportunity to exhibit their projects. This exhibition is open to all businesswomen at the local, regional and Arab level. Women’s films will also be screened at the forum.

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