Women occupied a prominent role in the State of Qatar, as they competed with men in the highest administrative and scientific positions and made an effective effort through their contribution in various fields within and outside the Qatari society, this comes under the generous directives of His Highness, the Emir of the country.

The State of Qatar also highlighted the clear role of women by strengthening the role of social organizations that deal with their affairs, expressing deep belief in the position of Qatari women and their ability to occupy the highest positions and perform the roles assigned to them with vitality, effectiveness and responsibility.

Women's roles

Women began their role by learning in schools that were also led by women through Mrs. Amna Muhammad, may God have mercy on her, showing the important impact on forming and making a new renaissance for the state based on higher foundations. The majors that women entered varied, such as education, aviation, engineering, medicine, law, international affairs, Sharia, media, literature, arts, and applied sciences of all kinds. Women in Qatar are still expanding in the range of disciplines they study to enrich the country in broad fields that compete and keep pace with the course of the times.

Qatari women assumed senior positions in education, as Her Excellency Sheikha Al-Mahmoud was the first minister of education and the first Qatari and Gulf woman to occupy this important ministerial position, and Dr. Sheikha Abdullah Al-Misnad was appointed president of Qatar University and the first woman to hold this position.

Qatari women continued their work in the health field, in which they held senior positions evidenced by their successes in development and work, as she appointed Her Excellency Sheikha Ghalia bint Mohammed bin Hamad Al Thani as Minister of Health, and women were appointed to various positions as director of the Hamad Medical Corporation and responsible for the administration of nursing, pharmacy and health centers.

The field of law was not without the work of Qatari women, as she headed several departments in the Ministry of Justice, and appointed Mrs. Maryam Abdullah Al-Jaber the first public prosecutor at the level of the Gulf in a precedent that was also considered the first of its kind at the level of the region.

The role of Qatari women included the diplomatic work in which they assumed senior positions, thus affirming the legitimacy of their right to represent the State of Qatar abroad, as Her Excellency Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al Thani was appointed as the first ambassador to work in the position of the permanent representative of the State of Qatar to the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva and then became the delegate The permanent representative of the State of Qatar at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Her Excellency Lulwah Al-Khater was appointed as an official spokesperson for the ministry, making her the first Qatari woman to hold this position.

Qatari women participated in the municipal elections that began in 1998 with a percentage of 47% after the establishment of the right to vote and run for Qatari women in the speech of His Highness the Emir in the regular session of the Shura Council in 1997, and she had a share in winning a seat.

Qatari women also emerged in the financial and investment sectors, as Her Excellency Sheikha Hanadi bint Nasser Al Thani managed the first investment company that was established in the region, confirming the ability of Qatari women to assume leadership roles, and the Qatari Businesswomen Association was formed. The participation of women was not limited to that role only but also extended to work in banks based on her higher educational qualifications that she deservedly deserved, and she reached presidential positions with many successes and administrative financial excellence at work.

Women in the tourism sector had a great contribution, as they participated in the tourism events organized by the State, Qatar Museums Authority, and Katara Hospitality. Qatari women also excelled in the field of plastic art, photography, and theatrical decoration. Women entered the field of media from its inception and continued with it until they occupied major positions In the field of audiovisual media. Qatari women have also played an important role in charitable institutions by providing aid and aids inside and outside society and preparing field research on poor families.

Efforts of Sheikha Moza bint Nasser

Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, wife of His Highness the Father Emir, paid her attention to all aspects of purpose, which contributed to highlighting the role of Qatari women and motivating them to advance society and diversify human resources. Her Highness Sheikha Moza sponsors women’s conferences that aim to discuss women’s issues and put forward proposed solutions to the problems and challenges they face in Labor market.

Her Highness has spared no effort or effort to achieve a qualitative leap in the level of education and qualify a new generation equivalent to the developments of the times. Her Highness has played multiple and varied roles that go beyond Qatar’s borders. She is a social activist representing the driving force behind a set of innovative and creative programs in Qatar and the world.

Promoting active citizenship among the people of Qatar is at the heart of Her Highness Sheikha Moza’s work, as she encourages initiatives that develop skills, teamwork, self-reliance and social participation, with the aim of achieving expected success in addition to her goal to make Qatar a developed, prosperous and lasting society through her Achieving its goals by establishing and establishing many initiatives and service actors that advance society and are interested in the fields of family, education, science, health, and cultural heritage.

Some of the noble actions and initiatives are undertaken by Her Highness Sheikha Moza

  • Sidra Medical and Research Center project.
  • The Arab Democracy Foundation, based in Doha.
  • Silatech initiative.
  • International Fund for Higher Education.
  • Shafallah Center for Children with Special Needs.
  • College of Islamic Studies in Education City.
  • Program “Every Spring Flower”.
  • Member of the Academy of Fine Arts at the Institut de France.
  • Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – UNESCO
  • Member of the High-Level Group on the Alliance of Civilizations of the United Nations Organization


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