Celebrating women in MENA broadcast

Vijaya Cherian, Editorial Director, BroadcastPro ME.

March 8 is celebrated as International Women’s Day. This month is also significant because Dubai will host the largest gathering of regional broadcast professionals at the annual CABSAT conference and exhibition from March 12-14. We couldn’t think of a more fitting occasion to celebrate some of the women in TV, film and radio who have made it to the top in the Middle East.

In this issue, the first of a series we intend to run periodically through the course of the year, we feature seven women who have not just tasted success but continue to forge new paths for themselves within the industry.

The stories of these women are all inspirational. Maysoun Odeh Gangat started off running a radio station called Nisaa FM for women in Palestine. Today the station doesn’t just serve as an inspiration, it supports other women on their entrepreneurial path. Then there’s Enas Yaqoob from Bahrain, who began her life as a medical practitioner but went on to follow her personal passion of producing programmes for children. We bring you the stories of Sarah AlJarman’s rise at DMI, Amanda Turnbull’s success at Discovery, Nadine Samra’s strategy for Weyyak, Kinda Ibrahim’s ambitious moves at Twitter and Nashwa Al Ruwaini’s success with Pyramedia.

While we have not delved into their personal lives in the features themselves, we heard so many beautiful personal tales – whether about facing resistance at home or having to work twice as hard as male colleagues to prove one’s worth, or about the heartwarming support of parents, siblings, spouses or friends who egged them on to pursue their personal passion and ambition, and stood by them. If you have a success story to share, you know where to reach us.

We believe that this month will bring many more success stories into the open. While we have featured some in our news pages this month of the first UAE reality show that will be shown on ESPN.com and Shock Middle East planning more radio launches this year, CABSAT is the perfect platform to hear about new deals, global or Middle East product launches, and much more. Don’t forget to drop by our stand 4.402. See you at the show.