Queen Rania attends panel discussion at the ‘Women on the Front Lines’ Conference

December 07, 2016

(Office of Her Majesty – Press Department – Amman) - Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah attended a panel discussion at the ‘Women on the Frontlines’ (WOFL) conference titled ‘Asking the Hard Questions,’ which was held under her patronage in Amman on Wednesday.

The panel discussed women’s influential role in the media, and addressed the challenges they face while conducting interviews, especially when tackling a tough line of questioning with male interviewees.

The discussion, which was moderated by TV show host Mr. Ricardo Karam, included panelists CBC Networks Anchor Ms. Lamees Al Hadidi, BBC Arabic TV Host Ms. Gisele Khouri, Al-Arab TV Anchor Ms. Laila Al Shaikhli, as well as France24 TV Host Ms. Aziza Nait Sibaha.

Participants in the conference included a number of prominent women from the fields of politics, media, and economics. Other prominent speakers included the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon Sigrid Kaag, Egyptian International Cooperation Minister Sahar Nasr, CNN presenter Becky Anderson, President of the Jordanian Business and Professional Women Association Senator Haifa Najjar, and Iranian-American astronaut Anousheh Ansari.

Women on The Front Lines is an annual conference organized by the May Chidiac Foundation bringing together some of the world’s most influential women, who have inspired leadership, change, and sustainability in their fields.

The Foundation, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to training, research and education on media, democracy, and social welfare, was established in 2009 by Lebanese broadcast journalist Dr. May Chidiac, who survived an assassination attempt in Lebanon in 2005.

The foundation also runs an affiliated non-profit media institute that aims to foster the values of freedom of expression, human rights and democracy in media production industries by providing young professionals with state-of-the-art technical facilities and training programs.