Along with the world, Qatar on Tuesday will be celebrating the International Women’s Day, which falls on March 8 of every year. The theme of the International Women’s Day in 2022 will be ‘Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow’, as this celebration comes in appreciation for the contributions of women and girls around the world, and in recognition of women’s efforts in all fields, as well as their significant role in building the future of nations.
In implementation with the directives of His Highness the Amir of State of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Qatar attaches great importance to women in all fields, which has supported Qatari women to achieve success in all fields and sectors, thanks to the equal opportunities provided by the state in terms of care, education and employment.
Qatar’s constitution prohibits discrimination against women, and the state continues its efforts to implement, approve and expand the scope of policies that give women the freedom and power to make their own decisions. Neither violence against women nor domestic violence in that matter, are tolerated.
Gender equality and women’s empowerment is a basic and pivotal pillar in the success of Qatar National Vision 2030 (QNV), which has given great attention to the issue of empowering women, enhancing their capabilities, and ensuring that they get their right to work. QNV 2030 also attaches great attention to women’s right to participate in the economy, as well as provide them with decent work and social protection, as Qatar has been at the forefront of women’s rights advocates at the local and global levels. Qatar has made many efforts, plans and strategies over the past decades to protect and care for women within the family, preserve their dignity, and prevent any kind of discrimination or abuse against them.
Qatari women have been given elements and aids that have provided them with many benefits that contributed to their protection and empowerment, and the Qatari family in general receives great attention from the state in order to enhance the status of women in society.
Women in Qatar occupy prominent roles in all aspects, including decision-making in the economic and political fields, and Qatar is also in the lead of the region’s indicators on gender equality, including the highest rate of female participation in the labor force and equal wages in the government sector, in addition to the highest rate of female enrollment in universities.
According to the latest data issued by the Planning and Statistics Authority, the total number of female students enrolled in university education reached 24,807, which is equivalent to 70.4 percent of the total enrollment in the 2019 academic year. The total number of female graduates from university education in 2019 amounted to about 3,917 female students, equivalent to 67.5 percent of the total graduates this year.
Based on Qatar’s belief that education is the basis for equal opportunities and development, the state has strengthened its efforts to ensure that all women have access to the highest levels of education and opportunities in all sectors, especially in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics sectors.
Women occupy several of the most influential positions in the country, in addition to prominent leadership positions on various commercial sectors, as nearly 20 percent of commercial records in the country are registered in the name of Qatari businesswomen. The number of commercial records increased from 1,400 in 2015 to nearly 4,000 in 2020.
The State of Qatar continues its commitment to cooperate with human rights organizations, civil society, members of legislative bodies and individuals, to empower women within the country and make progress at the level of society as a whole.
Speaking of Qatari women, it is of absolute necessity to mention the great role played by HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, as Her Highness’ role has not only been limited to local affairs, but extends regionally, globally, and in the Arab world in general.
One of the most prominent initiatives that Her Highness has offered at the global level is the ‘Education Above All’ initiative, as she developed the ‘Educate a Child’ program, which contributed to reaching 10 million children who do not have access to education around the world, in addition to the ‘Zero’ strategy launched by the foundation, which aims to reduce the percentage of out-of-school children in several countries.
In 2012, HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser launched Education Above All Foundation, which aims to provide new life opportunities for the underprivileged in the developing world. Four programs were set under the foundation’s umbrella, including ‘Educate a Child’, Al Fakhoora, Protect Education in Insecurity and Conflict (PEIC) and Reach Out To Asia.
Her Highness also paid great attention to all aspects related to women, which contributed to highlighting the role of Qatari women and motivating them to advance society and diversify the sources of human resources.
Promoting active citizenship among the people of Qatar is at the core of HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser’s work, as she encourages initiatives that develop skills, teamwork, self-reliance and social participation, with the aim of making Qatar a developed, prosperous and permanently stable society, through what it offers to achieve its goals by building and establishing many initiatives and service actors that advance society, and are concerned with the fields of family, education, science, health and cultural heritage.
Women occupy a prominent role in Qatar, where they compete with men in the highest administrative and scientific positions, and made an effective effort through their contribution in various fields within and outside Qatari society.
Qatar has also highlighted the distinct role of women by strengthening the role of social organizations concerned with their affairs, expressing its strong belief in the status of Qatari women and their ability to occupy the highest positions and perform the roles entrusted to them with vitality, effectiveness and responsibility.