Highly qualified women in Qatar’s CMC poll fray


Amina Ibrahim Al Hail, who is a candidate from the posh Al Hilal constituency, holds a PhD in psychology from Ain Shams University in Egypt and is working in a senior position in the Ministry of Education.



Suhaila bint Rabia Rashed Harib Al Harib is in the fray from Al Jisra (Ward No. 1 in Doha). She has a diploma in international business administration and is a member of the prestigious Arab Businesswomen’s Association.



Sheikha Al Jefairi is a sitting member of the CMC from the Old Airport Area. She is seeking re-election and hopes to be back in the Council due to the civic improvement work she has done in the locality.



Al Jefairi is a law graduate and works with the Ministry of Education’s administrative and financial department in a senior position.



All of them are pitched against male rivals and hope to win, backed by the support of voters, half of whom are women. But there are men too who are supporting them as they think they can run the Council better than male members.



Al Jefairi organised a meeting with people from her constituency with the other two women candidates and a lively question and answer session ensued.



Later, outlining their manifesto the trio told The Peninsula that finding solution to the civic problems in their respective constituencies was one of their priorities.



Al Hail lamented the lack of pedestrian crossings in Al Hilal, while Al Jefairi said that having a larger internal road network in her constituency was a priority.



Beautification and greening their wards is the next thing top on the list of what they would do if they win.



Al Harib is of the view that the CMC should have offices in Ashghal and Urban Development Authority so that members can keep track of the civic projects. The agencies should be fined for delaying projects, she said.


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