Online event to bring Arab and Brazilian women together

ABCC’s women’s committee will host webinar ‘Arab Women Who Inspire’ on Monday (8). A Libyan and a Palestinian woman will discuss their experiences in leadership roles. Registration is open.

Isaura Daniel

São Paulo – The women’s committee of the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce (ABCC), WAHI – Women Who Inspire, will host an online event on Monday (8), the International Women’s Day to bring Arab and Brazilian women together. The webinar will feature speakers from Palestine and Lybia, women that play leading roles in their communities and countries. Registration is open.

Speaking at the event “Arab Women Who Inspire” is Libya’s Hala Bugaighis, who founded a think tank that works for the economic development and inclusion of women in her country and created an incubator for women-owned businesses in Tripoli. Another special guest is Mayson Odeh, a Palestinian entrepreneur who created Nisaa FM, a radio station for women in her country, a pioneer, internationally renowned initiative.

Alessandra Frisso will open the online event

WAHI’s chair says the group saw the International Women’s Day as an opportunity to bring Arab and Brazilian women together, which is the committee’s mission. “We’ll have women who lead projects that stimulate the social development of other women in the Arab countries, said Alessandra Frisso, director at H2R, a polling institute that’s an ABCC member.

Frisso says that, just like WAHI, the event aims at showing the international relevance of the topic, demystify the role of the female figure in the Arab world and show that, just like Brazilians, Arab women are working to increase their participation in society. “We know some amazing projects they are leading there, just like those Bugaighis and Odeh will talk about in the webinar. There’re many women in leadership roles in several industries in the Arab countries,” Frisso recounts.

This is WAHI’s first International Women’s Day as the group was created last July. In 2020, the committee hosted a series of actions, such as integration activities with other women’s groups, debates on the women’s issue in Brazil and the Arab world, and collaborating in initiatives carried out by ABCC, such as the humanitarian aid campaign for Lebanon.

The committee wants that Arab and Brazilian women meet each other, share experiences in their areas of expertise and do businesses among them. Wahi is Arabic for “inspiration” and stands out for Women’s Achievements High Inspiration. Next week’s webinar is its first event in 2021.

The online event will be opened by Frisso and feature other members of the WAHI’s board, such as ABCC cultural director and historian Silvia Antibas and ABCC director and engineer Claudia Yazigi Haddad. The entity’s Institutional Relations manager Fernanda Baltazar will moderate the debates.

The webinar starts at 9 am (BRT), or 4 pm (GST), and is expected to last an hour and a half. It’ll feature translation into Brazilian Portuguese and English. The participants can ask questions of the speakers. The event is free of charge.

Quick facts:

Webinar “Arab Women who Inspire”
March 9, from 9 am to 10:30am (BRT), or 4 pm to 5:30pm (GST)
Event on Zoom
Translation into English and Brazilian Portuguese
Register here

Translated by Guilherme Miranda

Rodrigo Rodrigues/ABCC

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