Handing her the mic: past, present and future of women in the Gulf - Humanity House


17 Oct


Handing her the mic: past, present and future of women in the Gulf

Henriette van Lynden lecture 2019

Four women from the Gulfstates will take the stage to reflect on societal changes and the shifting role of women in their region. From their expertise in the fields of politics, education, business, law, and the cultural sector, they will each share their view. Which road lies behind them and what is still ahead?

The speakers, who are from Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arabic Emirates, and Saudi Arabia, shed light on the most important changes in the past decades, up until the present day. Drawing from their own personal experience, as well as their respective disciplines.

The event is moderated by Middle East and gender expert Dr. Annemarie van Geel.

This event is organised by the Middle East and North Africa Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in honour of late Director of the Department, Henriette van Lynden.

About the speakers

  • Fatemah al-Bader, assistant-professor in the Department of International Law, at the Kuwait International Law School in Kuwait. She has published research on topics such as citizenship and gender, technology and human rights.
  • Hind Alansari, PhD candidate at the university of Cambridge, on the subject of education and the effect educational reform on society and culture.
  • Raya Abu Gulal, corporate lawyer currently based in the UAE. She founded the Women Lawyers Group-Middle East and is board member of the International Women Business Group Abu Dhab.
  • Frauke Heard-Bey, historian and political scientist, based in the UAE. She has studied social and political developments in the Gulf region over the past five decades.
  • Noura Binsaidan is a graffiti and street artist from Saudi Arabia. She is currently in the Netherlands as artist in residence at the Street Art Museum Amsterdam. After the discussion, Saudi graffiti artist Noura Binsaidan will hold a live painting session inspired by the topics raised.

Check out the facebook-event here.


  • English
  • 19:00
  • 19:30
  • 21:30