The Qatar Tribune has an interview out today with Amal al-Malki, the only Qatari professor at Education City, discussing the role of women in nation-building, both here and across the region.
Al-Malki, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, offers her insights into the role women will play in this developing society, arguing that they have so far been “caught between politics and culture.”
“Qatari women are a central resource in Qatar’s strategy of national development,” she tells the newspaper, pointing out that Qatar is the only country in the Arab World to have a higher adult literacy rate among females than males.
Qatari women study the humanities, arts, and education at the tertiary level by a ratio of 9:1 over men, suggesting that Qatar, already and will for decades to come, rely primarily on experts drawn from its female population to design and implement its core educational strategies.
Qatar Foundation, Qatar University, Hamad Medical Corporation and the Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology (ictQatar) are just a few of the country’s major institutions already led by women.
What do you think? Will Qatar’s women one day be the leaders of the country? Are they already?