August 26, 2023

Bodour Al Qasimi: Books change the world and establish values of harmony and acceptance of others

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Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi, President of the International Publishers Association, confirmed that books have unmatched ability to make a difference in the world and consolidate values of harmony and acceptance of others, which allows us to understand the cultural and ethnic reality, learn about the identity and history of peoples, and explore the hidden aspects and ambiguities in these concepts from other perspectives.

This came during a speech delivered by Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi to the participants in the World Conference on Creative Economy, which was held at Expo 2020 Dubai, on Thursday, the ninth of this December.

The conference provided a medium for government representatives and actors in the cultural and creative industries, and a platform for exchanging ideas, overcoming challenges, and discussing opportunities in the creative economy space.

The last day of the conference was held on the eve of the celebration of International Human Rights Day, and concluded its activities with a speech by Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi, titled “Reinforcing humanity through books,” in which she stressed “the importance of freedom of speech in the public sphere as a basic human right that many are deprived of at times.” .

Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi then said “we all have to take a defending role of this right, and recognize that social peace and justice can only be achieved when everyone’s voice is heard, and we at the International Publishers Association spare no effort to play our role in this regard”

And she continued: “In fact, one of the main reasons for creating the Association 125 years ago was to defend freedom of publishing, and today the International Publishers Association continues to work with publishers around the world to support them in establishing this right.”

Promoting inclusion and diversity

The President of the International Publishers Association commended the serious attempts of publishing houses to enhance the inclusion and diversity of the world of books, noting that the expansion of published works of more women and minority authors increases their opportunities to express their voices, experiences and various issues.

On the sidelines of the conference, Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi, in her capacity as President of the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center (Sheraa), attended the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding between Sheraa and the Ministry of Culture and Youth, where the two sides expressed their commitment to work closely to transform the Emirate of Sharjah and the United Arab Emirates into a global center for creative industries. , stressing the importance of encouraging and supporting entrepreneurship and creative industries in the country.

On the occasion of signing the memorandum of understanding, Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi said: “We have accomplished a lot in the Emirate of Sharjah to strengthen our economy within a creative system that provides opportunities for companies and entrepreneurs to flourish, and enables them to harness their creativity and visions in shaping the global economy in the future. We are committed to providing an atmosphere that encourages sustainable entrepreneurship, and enables growth in globally competitive high potential sectors.”

She added, “We believe that building diversified economies which are able to adapt to changes requires us to work together, and by signing this Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Culture and Youth, (Sheraa) reiterates its continued work to achieve this endeavor.”

Sharjah Gate Challenge

Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi congratulated the winners of the Sharjah Gate Challenge, an initiative launched by the Sheraa Center with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Youth to support local startups and provide them with platforms to showcase their creative ideas on a larger scale.

Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi concluded her visit with a tour of the World Conference on Creative Economy in the presence of Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth.

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