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Why Science Needs People Who Cry

Event 162 Friday 3 March, 7.30pm-8.30pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

“There is an outdated stereotype that all scientists are cold, hard, logical and unemotional – and male. And it’s not only wrong but immensely damaging.” – Emily Grossman

Emily Grossman is an expert in molecular biology and genetics, and an outspoken science communicator who has been praised for both the clarity of her explanations of complex subjects and her efforts to encourage more girls to study science.

In 2015, she was attacked on social media for challenging the idea that scientists must be unemotional. Her TEDx talk response was met with widespread acclaim; in this session she expands on the critical subject of why we need more women in science and a better understanding of how important compassion, collaboration and creativity are to scientific research.

This session is part of the UK/UAE 2017 Year of Creative Collaboration led by the British Council.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

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Who Runs the World?: Diversity in Entertainment

Event 42 Saturday 4 March, 11:30am-12:30pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

'Diversity is not a trend, it is simply life.'' - Sana Amanat

A new generation of women are making waves in interactive media and entertainment, and diversifying the sorts of stories and characters we see on screen and page. Women like Marvel’s Sana Amanat, who is leading change in American comics, rising Emirati filmmaker Eman Talal Alsayed and innovative Emirati artist Maryam Alzaabi.

Eman Talal Alsayed is a rising star of the Emirati film industry, whose script for the film Blanket won top prize at the Arab Film Studio Scriptwriting Competition and Best Film in the AFS Narrative Program.

Maryam Alzaabi is an Emirati artist whose original works and interpretations of pop culture icons have drawn acclaim at the Middle East Film and Comic Con and elsewhere.

Sana Amanat is the Director of Content and Character Development for Marvel, well-known as the co-creator of breakout star Kamala Khan, aka Ms Marvel.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Who Runs the World?: Diversity in Entertainment

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Game Changers: Speaking Up for Gender Equality

Event 184 Monday 6 March, 6pm-7pm Al Ras 1, InterContinental

“I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.” – Jane Austen

The UAE has been acclaimed as a leader in gender equality, especially in education, literacy and employment, but there is always more to be done here and in the wider world. Our panel of three women from different countries and backgrounds who have written about gender and equality explore what still needs to be done.

Badriah Al Bishr is an award-winning writer and television presenter whose novels and journalism are both concerned with the issues facing modern women in a conservative society.

Sophie Le Ray is a French entrepreneur and founder of the Global WIL Economic Forum, which promotes female leadership. She is the author of Game Changers: How Women in the Arab World Are Changing the Rules and Shaping the Future.

Mehr Tarar is an influential Pakistani journalist who is outspoken about women’s rights and the ongoing struggle for equality. Her writing is collected in Leaves from Lahore.

Language: Arabic, English with simultaneous translation

Game Changers: Speaking Up for Gender Equality

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Growing Voices: Arab Women Writers

Event 65 Wednesday 8 March, 6pm-7pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental

“I don’t want to change the rules of the world, but I don’t want the rules to take what is left of me.” – Bothayna Al Essa

Women play a central role in the literary life of the Arab world. Arab women writers act as ambassadors for their culture, challenging Western perceptions of the ‘subjugated’ woman and revealing their real stories in the limited number of books that are translated into other languages.

Celebrating International Women's Day, this panel brings together two influential women whose different approaches to writing have both had a big impact on the literary scene.

Mansoura Ez Eldin works to change western views of Middle Eastern women by writing about the social challenges that both men and women face.

Bothayna Al Essa challenges her own society’s prejudices and barriers, focusing on breaking the ‘walls’ that keep women from achieving their literary potential.

Language: Arabic, with simultaneous English translation

Growing Voices: Arab Women Writers

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Winning at Life: The Secrets of Not Having It All

Event 71 Thursday 9 March, 12pm-1pm Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

“If having it all means exhausting yourself so that you can be on top of your emails, then having it all is, in my humble opinion, completely overrated.” – Bryony Gordon

Is it really necessary to ‘have it all’? Our panel doesn’t think so, but that’s only the beginning of the discussion – when the world expects us all to be ‘always on’, what do you make time for and what do you let go in the name of health, sanity, or just having some time for yourself?

The journey to a less fulfilling life begins here!

Bryony Gordon is an author and journalist whose book Mad Girl chronicles the challenges of balancing work, family and mental illness. 

Omaira Farooq Al Olama is the founder and managing director of Advanced Learning Formulas (ALF), which trains young Emiratis in vital workplace skills.

Sara Sadik is a blogger on a mission to ‘find the magic in mommyhood’. She writes for the Huffington Post and Sassy Mama Dubai, and is working on her first parenting book.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

Winning at Life: The Secrets of Not Having It All

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With Chef B: Cooking Up Success

Event 183 Friday 10 March, 6pm-7pm Al Baraha 1, InterContinental

Authors: Bader Najeeb
If you were passionate about your career but society didn’t approve, would you just give up on your dream, or would you do something new – and maybe change people’s minds?

Emirati Chef Bader Najeeb chose to stand up to the stereotype that cooking is ‘only for women’. When he was just 14 years old he began learning recipes from his mother and from YouTube videos, and later cooking lessons from the head chef in the Jumeriah Zabeel Saray hotel. When he started sharing his distinctive Emirati-inspired cooking through social media he rapidly became a sensation.

Since then, he has participated in food festivals and begun hosting the TV shows With Bader and Sukar Ziyadat.

Language: Arabic, with simultaneous English translation

With Chef B: Cooking Up Success

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Between Two Wives

Event 189 Friday 10 March, 6pm-7pm Al Ras 2, InterContinental

"That day, I split myself in two before life did." - Hussain Ali Lootah

In his semi-autobiographical novel Between Two Wives, Hussain Ali Lootah examines the complexities of polygamy in a reflective story of a man coming to terms with his choices – and his destiny.

With insights into the place of polygamy in Islamic culture and the modern world, this will be an illuminating and revelatory discussion.

Language: Arabic, with simultaneous English translation

Between Two Wives

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I'll Make a Man Out of You

Event 111 Saturday 11 March, 10am-11am Al Ras 2, InterContinental

“Notions such as manliness are old hat now, best forgotten.” – Robert Twigger

From debates about emotional literacy to revelations of ‘locker room talk’ in politics, the dark side of masculinity is under intense scrutiny. Is there more to ‘manliness’ than aggression and crudeness? Each member of our panel has their own unique take on this subject – come along and share in the debate!

Andy Miller has written about the manliest of pursuits in Tilting at Windmills – an attempt to make sense of the laddish obsession with sport.

Bader Najeeb was pressured to give up his dreams of being a chef because baking ‘is a woman’s domain’, but he chose instead to challenge stereotypes with his online cooking show.

Sarah Outen has challenged the expectation that perilious journeys are exclusively male territory – she recently completed a solo journey around the world by boat, kayak and bike.

Robert Twigger’s Being a Man and Real Men Eat Puffer Fish put the pursuit of risk at the heart of the manly ideal.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

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International Women's Day 2017: Be Bold for Change

Event 117 Saturday 11 March, 11.30am-12.30pm Al Ras 3, InterContinental

“When a woman succeeds, she reaches out to those around her and pulls them up with her. That is why if you empower a woman, you empower a whole society.” – Queen Rania of Jordan

To celebrate International Women’s Day, we have brought together a diverse panel of authors to discuss the theme ‘Be Bold For Change.’ Three inspiring women who have made changes in their countries, and an equally inspiring man who has stood up for equality time and again, speak about their own experiences and about what can be done to empower women, achieve gender equality, and bring about positive change.

Candy Gourlay started changing the world at a young age when she wrote for the political magazine Mr&Ms Special Edition; she continues making a difference as an author of award-winning children’s books.

Jo Malone is an entrepreneur who has overcome adversity to found one of the best-known perfume brands on the planet – and then created a new brand from scratch - Jo Loves.

Kei Miller is the author of Augustown, a book that has been praised for its strong female characters. He joins the panel as a male ally who has spoken up repeatedly for women’s rights.

Noura Al Noman is the author of the Ajwan trilogy, a young adult science fiction series that has broken new ground in Emirati writing; she is also the pioneering founder of the publishing house Manuscript 5229.

Language: English, with simultaneous Arabic translation

International Women's Day 2017: Be Bold for Change

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