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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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Leaves from Lahore: An Inside View of Pakistan

Event 97 Friday 3 March, 1.30pm-2.30pm Al Baraha 2, InterContinental

Authors: Mehr Tarar
“Too many people are writing about the dark side of Pakistan.” – Mehr Tarar

Outspoken about the issues facing Pakistan today, journalist and wordsmith Mehr Tarar has become a major voice speaking up not only against problems, but also in favour of more balanced coverage of her diverse country – encouraging both Pakistanis and the wider world to see the full picture.

Leaves from Lahore is a collection of her thought-provoking writing on politics, society and day-to-day life in a country whose identity is facing some very difficult questions.

Language: English

Leaves from Lahore: An Inside View of Pakistan

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Voicing Your Opinions: Writing a Hit Column

Event 803 Saturday 4 March, 6pm-8pm Al Rimal, InterContinental

Authors: Mehr Tarar
Have you ever dreamed of writing for a national newspaper – or having the world follow your every word online?

Mehr Tarar’s columns, recently published as Leaves From Lahore, cover ground as diverse as religious rights, gender equality, international relations and social issues of all kinds, but their unifying feature is her confident, articulate voice. In this hands-on workshop, she will help you develop your own journalistic voice so that you can speak out about the issues that matter to you – and have people coming back for more.

The tutor: Mehr Tarar is an outspoken and popular Pakistani journalist, currently working as Op-Ed Editor at the Daily Times, where she also writes her acclaimed column. A collection of her writing was recently published as Leaves from Lahore.

Language: English

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