By Tamara Pupic
Emirati entrepreneur Hala Kazim will talk about female empowerment in San Francisco
An Emirati entrepreneur has been invited to take part in the My Voice Matters panel discussion in San Francisco next month, an event organised by Google and UN Women, part of the United Nations.
Hala Kazim, the 52-year-old, Dubai-based founder of Journey Through Change (JTC) which helps empower women through hikes and workshops, will discuss the state of women’s empowerment and gender equality in the Arab world.
On stage, Kazim will be joined by other prominent female figures such as a Paralympian and actress Aimee Mullins, UN Women’s representative, Oisika Chakrabarti, and a Rwandan genocide survivor, lawyer and president of the Women and Children Embassy Foundation, Arlette Nkurayija.
JTC has successfully completed several walking trips that combine counseling and motivational workshops in Italy, Spain, France, Switzerland, Austria and Japan.
The company has also arranged and developed special coaching workshops/retreats in the UAE as well as tailor-made workshop for companies including Al Masdar Company Abu Dhabi, Zayed University, Emirates University, Dubai Road & Transport Authority and the Higher College of Dubai.
Kazim said: “What I have tried to achieve for women is to let women understand themselves and love themselves and take care of themselves.
“That’s the whole point of Journey Through Change because it helps a woman to love herself and when you know how to love yourself, then you know how to be good to other people.”
Kazim is a married mother of five boys and grandmother of two, who has more than 63,000 followers on Twitter and more than 94,000 on Instagram.
She developed the JTC concept after seeking professional help to overcome depression, and finding what she called “her calling” during a trek of Spain’s El Camino de Santiago.
My Voice Matters will be broadcast on the YouTube channel Talks at Google, on 2 September. The public can take part by using the hashtag #MakeMyVoiceMatter and #MyVoiceMatters.