Following this year’s International Women’s Day on 8 March, The Promenade Mall, Bazaar Studios and Soroptomist Kuwait came up with the perfect event to inspire women, both young and old, to dream. Not just dream, but to dream big, to follow their dreams and to break the barriers that stop them from turning their dreams into reality.
The event included the screening of two powerful movies that captured the essence and strength of women professionals, followed by a panel discussion on the issues and challenges faced by working women in Kuwait and their experiences. Popcorn, cookies and coffee with a copy of the Bazaar magazine, a calendar from Promenade and little notes to write your dreams on created the right vibe for the evening to follow.
The first screening was a summary of Grit, a documentary series on inspirational women in Kuwait, produced and directed by Victoria Hogg. The movie was also written, filmed and edited by an all women crew.
‘Dream, Girl’ the second movie of the evening was a documentary film showcasing the stories of inspiring and ambitious female entrepreneurs.
The panel discussion was moderated by the host for the evening, Samar Al Mutawa, a certified Life Coach who guided the discussion with panelists Tamara Qabazard, a veterinarian at the Kuwait Zoo, Noor Al-Obaid founder of the non-profit Bake and Educate, Eman Alwadh, a professional in the oil sector and member of Soroptomist Kuwait, and Victoria Hogg.
Feedback from the panelists led to interactive discussions on working mom’s guilt, sexism, misogyny in the workplace, glass ceilings, support crews, never giving up, and inspirational takeaways.
Overall, the evening was a breath of fresh air on the topic of empowering women; it gave wings to conversations centered around women and women’s issues, and hopefully, there is no turning back now.
Kudos to the organizers and look forward to more such effective evenings in Kuwait.
By Nita Bhatkar Chogle
Special to The Times Kuwait