Mrs. Heba Al Kharafi introduces the HAK Award for Women and Arts at the Women In Leadership Forum in Dubai

Published October 13th, 2009 - 10:40 GMT

Mrs. Heba Al Kharafi introduces the HAK Award for Women and Arts at the WIL Forum in Dubai to generate awareness on how traditional arts can bridge the gap between cultures and religions to generate more tolerance.

Dubai, 8th October, 2009 – Mrs Heba Al Kharafi, recently appointed as the Ambassador to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales Charities Foundation in the Middle East, is pleased to announce that the HAK Award for Women and Arts will be launched at the Women in Leadership Forum (WIL Forum) on October 25th, 2009 at the Burj Al Arab in Dubai.

Mrs Heba Al Kharafi has highly been involved in art-related charities for the past six years, mainly in Kuwait and Qatar through various initiatives related to arts and education. She has worked closely with leading women such as Sheikha Moza and Sheikha Mayassa and has a leading role in Kuwait in women society. Charities she is currently supporting include the Arts Exhibition and the Arts Students Workshops for the The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts and The Prince’s Foundation for Children and the Arts.
Mrs Heba Al Kharafi’s ultimate goal is to generate awareness of Traditional Arts projects and initiatives in order to reach a better understanding between cultures and religions.

“The understanding of different cultures, religions, and civilizations has become rare, leading to less tolerance among people. Everyone tends to turn to modern art, loosing all relations to the actual origins of art and its true meaning. It is essential to remember that all types of arts come from the same basics.†explained Mrs Heba Al Kharafi.

“We must study our roots and traditions through the comprehension of Traditional Arts. Creating awareness of this new approach will bridge the gap between cultures and religions and will generate more tolerance amongst various cultures of the world. This can only be achieved by sharing ideas and efforts with other leaders. Exposing art-related activities to leading women in the region is the perfect way to find synergies and common ground to be able to do more. The WIL Forum represents the ideal platform to achieve that goal.†added Heba.

In this context, Mrs Heba Al Kharafi initiated the HAK Award for Women and Arts. She already succeeded in creating a strong platform in the UK and Middle East, which now needs support from key leaders in the region.

Any woman who has contributed in teaching Traditional Arts around the world, participated in a leading project related to Traditional Arts heritage and preservation, or has established a museum of arts can apply for this award. The judges will base their decision on the number of years spent in helping the cause, the endorsement or recommendations in the field, the size and diversity of activities, the special projects as well as any governmental support.

The winner of the award will be announced during the WIL Achievement Awards Ceremony, which will be held as part of the WIL Forum on 25th October and recognises women leaders in business and the public sector who have broken new ground in the business world as well as outstanding achievers. The WIL Forum is organized by naseba under the Patronage of HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, Wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

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