Gulf Women Forum

Time: Mar 20, 2022

Dr. Sharifa Al-Emadi showcases women’s leadership role in Gulf countries’ fight against drugs

The Doha International Family Institute (DIFI) participated in the ‘Gulf Women Forum’ on ‘Pioneering for a Sustainable Tomorrow’, organized by Saudi Arabia’s Family Affairs Council, in cooperation with the GCC General Secretariat. The event took place virtually, on March 20 and 21, in aims at shedding light on the participation of Gulf women in GCC countries’ priority issues, and exchanging expertise and experiences, so as to support achieving common goals, as well as enhance coordination and integration among the Gulf countries in terms of women’s empowerment.

During the forum, Dr. Sharifa Al-Emadi, DIFI Executive Director, presented a working paper entitled: ‘Women and the Fight against Drugs in Gulf Countries’, during a session on ‘The Role of Women in Security Cooperation’. The session covered women’s leading and protective role in the public and private spheres, as well as their pioneering role locally and internationally in the fight against drugs, especially since the State of Qatar is a member of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

The ‘Gulf Women Forum’ coincides with the 42nd session of the Supreme Council of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC), headed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and also comes on the occasion of Women’s Month, March 2022. The event’s significance lies in highlighting the remarkable development in the policies devised by the Arab Gulf States to address women and family issues. The said States currently stand on the leading edge in terms of women empowerment regionally. Moreover, the event seeks to strengthen cooperation between the Arab Gulf States, achieving common interests, as well as exchanging and capitalizing on their experiences in the field of women empowerment.

The Forum included three sessions: ‘Role of Gulf Women in Achieving Environmental Sustainability’, ‘Gulf Women and Economic Empowerment’, and ‘The Role of Gulf Women in Security Cooperation’. The sessions entailed speeches and interventions by Arab Gulf State representatives.




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