Indian writer and media professional Chaitali B. Roy launched her book ‘Women of Kuwait: Turning Tides’, a detailed chronicle of 17 prominent Kuwaiti women, at the National Library of Kuwait under the patronage of Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Sabah Salem Al-Humoud Al-Sabah on Wednesday, 19 October. Mrs. Roy presently resides in Kuwait, and has built a career in print media and radio broadcasting as a Special Correspondent for Arab Times, and as editor and producer for Radio Kuwait.
Speaking to the media, she highlighted that the book was a culmination of 14 years of hard work, documenting the achievements and triumphs of noteworthy Kuwaiti women such as Sara Akbar, Dr. Masouma Al-Mubarak, Dr Moudhi Al-Humoud, Ambassador Nabeela Al-Mulla, Sheikha Altaf Al-Sabah, Lulwa and Balsam Al-Ayoub.
She said, “I realized that women in Kuwait, unlike stereotypical portraitures, had their own standing, their own voice. I have written on glass ceiling what women face in the corporate world. I have written about the way women were prevented from participating in government, but despite the deterrents, most women in Kuwait have persisted with their education, and their ambitions.”
She stressed that one major reason for the book was to inform the young people in Kuwait that several talented Kuwaiti women have played a significant role in various sectors of the country. She didn’t want the stories to be lost in history and endeavored to recount the perseverance, determination and gumption of these Kuwaiti women who challenged the status quo and through sheer will fulfilled their life goals to become exceptional role models in their country and for women in the Middle East.