The Shura Council participated in the meetings of the 32 session of the Forum of Women Parliamentarians, as part of the 143rd General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), currently being held in Madrid.
The Council was represented in the meetings by HE member of the Shura Council, member of the Women Parliamentarians Forum of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Sheikha bint Yousef Al-Jufairi.
In her speech during the session, Her Excellency reviewed the status of women in the State of Qatar, indicating that Qatari women play a prominent role in public work, as they have become equal to men and occupy the highest administrative and scientific positions. They are also making an effective effort through their contribution in various fields within and outside Qatari society.
Her Excellency touched on the participation of women in the legislative elections to select members of the Shura Council, noting that participation was not the first practice of women in elections, as the experience of choosing members of the Central Municipal Council in 1999 preceded it.
In the field of entrepreneurship, Her Excellency indicated that Qatari women have been able to assume all leadership positions as minister, university president, deputy prosecutor, state delegate to the United Nations, official spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, member of the Shura Council, and director of investment companies.
Her Excellency continued as saying, that what strengthened the role of Qatari women in public work was their enrollment in higher education, as the percentage of girls enrolled in the university reached 70.39 percent, according to the data of the Planning and Statistics Authority for the year 2020, and the high rate of their participation in the labor force, as it was close to half, and acquired the largest percentage in sectors like education, health and social work.
HE the Shura Council member also praised the great efforts made by HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, locally, regionally and internationally, in order to achieve a qualitative leap in the level of education and the rehabilitation of the new generation.
Her Excellency added that, which confirms the confidence of Qatari men in the contributions of women and their ability to assume leadership tasks in the country, the members of the Shura Council elected HE Hamda bint Hassan Al-Sulaiti as Deputy Speaker of the Shura Council.