The May Chidiac Foundation is proud to present the 5th annual Women on the Front Lines Conference on March 6, in Phoenicia Beirut.
8:30 | Registration
9:30 | Opening Ceremony: Master of Ceremony
Dr. May Chidiac, Founder and President of the May Chidiac Foundation Media Institute
Address Note: “Patronage”
Panel 1: Women in Politics
This Panel focuses on the role of women in politics at all levels: diplomacy, internal affairs, foreign policy, civil issues, human rights, women’s rights, business, and more. How do women influence the political scene? How has their participation in decision-making influenced government and international debates? What value can a female diplomat and politician assert to indispensable issues?
Fireside Talk with Dr. Fadumo Dayib, (Somalia), First Female Presidential Candidate in Somalia
Presentation by Gintare Narkeviciute, (Lithuania), Director of International Affairs at Reagan House, on the Role of Young Women in Political Parties
Fireside Talk with Ouided Bouchamaoui, (Tunisia), President of the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA) Nobel Peace Prize Winner in 2015
Panel 2: Women in Philanthropy and Humanitarian Assistance
This tackles the personal and financial investment of women to create positive, measurable long-term change by focusing on root causes and pooling resources to increase impact and sustainable solutions. This discussion features women who are allocating all their efforts, networks, and influence to make the lives of countless communities better.
Fireside Talk with Marie Christine Saragosse, (France), General Director of France Media Monde
Panel 3: Women in Digital Transformation
This panel will showcase women who are excelling in different sectors through digital transformation. They will explain how they are successfully experimenting revolutionary business models and technological innovations through analyzing opportunities and risks in industries and their related sectors. The panelists will also explain the impact that digital technologies are having on individual industries by identifying new market opportunities and competitive advantages for smart investments. They will finally provide first-hand insights and recommendation required for business model changes in the digital era that will ultimately affect society at large.
Panel 4: Women Fighters and Survivors of the Iraqi Conflict
These women have suffered through violence, abuse, and physical destruction in Iraq by one of the world’s deadliest violent groups notoriously known as ISIS or Daesh. These panelists have decided to fight back in various ways and will share with us how they are able to overcome the immense challenges they face on a regular basis in violent country where conflict reigns by the second.