W Amman hotel hosted the first instalment of What She Said back in July; it was led by our very own Suhad Shtayyeh, and it featured three amazing local talents; Fairuz Taqi-Eddin, Reem Habayeb, and Farah Hourani. This global initiative pushes forward the gender equality movement by offering a platform for inspirational women from all walks of life to engage in essential conversations about the challenges, successes, and triumphs women face.
Empowerment was the key term that Suhad Shtayyeh opened the conversation with, emphasizing the notion that empowerment is a verb and not a noun, “When you succeed, you empower others along the way” Suhad explained. The three panelists shared their stories of the successes and challenges they faced along their way. Fairuz Taqi-Eddin talked about the partnership between Jordan River Foundation and Ikea which resulted in generating 150 full-time jobs for Syrian refugees. Farah Hourani explained the hardships faced by designers in Jordan yet elaborated on the fact that with locally-sourced materials you can both cut down costs and benefit people in your community. Reem Habayeb co-founder of Silsal Design House recalls her early struggles with transforming artisanal designs into a global business.
The successful event gathered over a hundred people who huddled together to listen to the amazing stories of these inspiring women and to get a first hand experience of what the W Amman Hotel is to offer. For more details on the event check out the link below.