Posted on April 04, 2018

On January 2018, Dr. Amal Al-Malki, Founding Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), has been selected by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs as “Personnalité d’Avenir Genre”- “Gender Equality champions”.

This program aims at providing participants with genuine knowledge gender equality issues and policies in France as well as highlighting the activities of women and their contribution to gender equality in their respective countries. In this context, the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs invited several Arab women who are particularly engaged in campaigns for gender equality, to Paris, in spring 2018.

Press conference on Dr Amal 1 [].jpgDuring a press conference, His Excellency Eric Chevallier, Ambassador of France to the State of Qatar said: “Gender equality is one of the key focuses of France’s external action, as stressed by our President during his speech before the United Nations General Assembly last September 2017. Furthermore, on March 8th, at the occasion of the 2018 Women’s International Day, President Macron has launched the 3rd International Strategy for Women and Men Equality 2018-2022, which aims to coordinate actions designed to improve the situation of women around the world. This International Strategy is composed of 5 main domains of action: exemplarity, political issues of gender equality, better financing of campaigns for gender equality, improvement of their visibility, and role of the civil society.

In this context, the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs has decided to invite 11 women from North Africa and Middle East region particularly active in the promotion of gender equality, to participate in a Forum, in Paris from April 9 to 13, 2018.I am particularly pleased that Dr Al-Malki was chosen to participate to this international Forum. Dr Al-Malki was already invited by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs in 2014 in the frame in the “Future Leader Invitation Program”. This new distinction now acknowledges her unwavering long lasting commitment to women’s rights and professional equality. The establishment by Dr Al-Malki of the Master of Arts in Women, Society and Development at HBKU is another concrete illustration of her engagement in favor of this crucial issue.”

Dr. Amal Al-Malki, also said: “Growing up with a strong conviction of women’s abilities and potential has dictated my studies, research interests as well as social engagement. I am, like all Qatari women, blessed to have a strong female leader – Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser – who has single-handedly changed how society perceives women (especially working women), giving us legitimacy and respect. Qatar is advanced in regards to women rights as a part of its overall social justice and equality agenda. Therefore, as a Qatari academic, I feel it’s my duty to participate in dialogue about women equality and empowerment, and engage with government as well as the local and global communities.”

Dr. Al-Malki’s research interests include the negotiation of identity between East and West, media representations of Arab women and postcolonial literature. She has published numerous articles in academic journals in the United States and the United Kingdom. Her book, Arab Women in Arab News: Old Stereotypes and New Media (2012) was published by Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation (now known as HBKU Press), as well as Bloomsbury Academic in the United Kingdom.

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It was lauded as the first comprehensive study of the topic in the world. Also, as the Founding Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Dr. Al-Malki established the Master of Arts in Women, Society and Development. The MA is an interdisciplinary program focusing on issues related to women in the context of social and economic development in the Middle East, as well as women’s various roles in the advancement of their communities and societies. The program is the first of its kind to be offered within Qatar and the MENA region.

Dr. Al-Malki is a sought-after public speaker and social commentator. She has been invited to speak at conferences and forums throughout the Middle East, United States and the United Kingdom. She was the first Arab and Muslim to be invited as a Keynote Speaker at City University in New York after 9/11. She was also the first Qatari to be invited to address the Cheltenham Literature Festival. She has lectured at Durham University, SOAS and Maryland University, among others. Focusing on women's rights and Arab identity, Dr. Al-Malki strives to help deepen international understanding of Qatar and its evolving place in the world.