To celebrate the International Women’s Day, the Consul General of France in Jeddah, Mr. Mostafa Mihraje hosted at the Residence de France on March 8, 2019 an evening on "Women Empowerment" organized by the Service of Cooperation and Cultural Action at the Consulate General to highlight the rights of women and the diversity of important roles they play in many areas.
On this occasion, the first part of the evening was dedicated to a discussion introduced by the Consul General who presented the international the international strategy of France in the matter of gender equality, which was followed by the presentation of Mrs. Aseel Shawli, Education & Training Manager, Professional Care at Tamer Group, an important Saudi company that plays an exemplary role in supporting the Saudi women, helping her to work and professionalizing her work.
Ms. Reem Abdul Hamid Gazzaz, who works as Head of Private Philanthropy at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), emphasized the honorable role that women play in the management of humanitarian crises and wars. They are giving an atmosphere of security and, manage to improve the living conditions of refugees, especially in their role of giving stability to their children in a vulnerable environment.
To conclude this panel, Mrs. Marie-Laure Boulot, Director of the Enrichment Programs at King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST), a Saudi Arabian high-end scientific institution, presented her work which shows the responsibility of French woman to be a model, and ambassador of her country in front of the international elite, gathered in KAUST.
The evening was then devoted to music, which brought together the 50 participants of this celebration in the salons of the Residence of France, around the pianist and composer Karol Beffa, who as usual, used his talents of improvisation through a repertoire dedicated to the women.
March 8th at the French Residence closed around a dinner in the gardens of the Residence, for all women and men present at this beautiful event.