The first ever Female Sports Journalist Forum is taking place on Wednesday at the Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre during the third Arab Women Sports Tournament, AWST 2016, being hosted in Sharjah from February 2nd to 12th.
Held under the slogan, “It’s Your Turn”, the forum is the first of its kind in the Arab world specifically for female sports journalists and will feature three panel sessions with professional sports personalities.
The forum will open with a short film entitled, “Women and Sports Media” and this will be followed by the first panel discussion, entitled “Contemporary Challenges…Me or Him,” moderated by Hussah Al Rayyasi, Dubai Sports channel presenter.
The second panel discussion, “New Media and Sports”, will be moderated by Hind Mohammed, Sada El Balad TV presenter. The session will host Amjad Al Monif, journalist, blogger and CEO of Eleven Communication and PR, and Abdul Rasool Abdullah, CEO of the “Sports for All” Group. It will highlight the careers of two distinguished female athletes, Egyptian squash player, Habiba Mohamed Ahmed and Moroccan volleyball player, Thuraya Erab.
Ola Faris, anchor and programme presenter at the MBC TV Network, will moderate the third panel discussion, “Success Formula”, featuring Mervat Hussein, Sudanese sports journalist; Susan Shalabi, member of the women’s committee in the Asian Football Federation; Adnan Hamad, prominent Emirati media person and sports commentator, and Amal Ismail, Sports Journalist at Roya newspaper.
Nada Al Naqbi, Deputy Head of the Supreme Organising Committee for the Arab Women Sports Tournament, Head of the Executive Committee and Tournament Manager, said, “Organising the Female Sports Journalist Forum is a new development added to the tournament that reflects the Organising Committee’s eagerness to support women in sports in every capacity, introduce new events and make every possible effort to develop Arab women’s sports at all levels.”
Al Naqbi said the forum also aims to provide a road map for women who want to enter the field of sports media, or those who wish to further develop their sports media skills. She said, “Presentation of different experiences and examples of successful female professionals in the sports fields, whether athletes, journalists or titleholders, shows how women have enriched the sports media scene in various media fields. Women have long been proactive in the media and more women are now seeking to make a career in sports journalism.”
Noon Sports Corporation are sponsoring the first Female Sports Journalist Forum and will launch the first Regional Arab Women Sports Magazine at the event to enrich sports media content with Arab women’s achievements in sporting events around the world[…]