Manama, March 25, 2020: The Awal Women Society (AWS) celebrated its 50th anniversary today by hosting a Webinar – or virtual forum – bringing together women leaders from across the local and regional spectrum. More than 140 regional delegates and representatives of international civil society institutions, women’s groups and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) also participated in the landmark online event, which was sponsored by FinMark Communications and EMIC Training.
Necessitated by the global COVID-19 pandemic, while the AWS virtual forum falls in line with national efforts mandated by the Government of Bahrain’s National Campaign to Combat Coronavirus (COVID-19), it also highlights the leading role played by AWS in focusing on empowering women in the IT sector and using technology to further the cause of women’s rights.
The keynote speakers at the AWS virtual forum included Nasser Al Qahtani, Executive Director at The Arab Gulf Program for Development (AGFUND); Jehan Almurbati, UNDP representative; Abeer Daham, Head of Women Support Center at the Supreme Council of Women; Yasmeen Al Sharaf, Head of FinTech and Innovation Unit at the Central Bank of Bahrain; Nasra Alnajjar, AWS Chairperson; Abdul Rahman Sindi, General Manager, IT, Transworld; Ahmed Alhujairi, CEO, Gulf Future Business; Dr. Naeema Al-Gasseer, W.H.O. Representative in Sudan; and Zahraa Taher, Managing Director, Finmark Communications.