11 Apr 2018 – 11:37

Sheikha Al Mayassa opens

Twitter image of the exhibition at UN HQ.


New York: HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al-Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums, opened Tuesday at the UN Headquarter in New York, the “Hey Ya (Let’s Go): Arab Women in Sport” photography exhibition, which is curated by the two international photographers Brigitte and Marian Lacombe.

The exhibition, which aims to shed light on the impact of sport on the empowerment of Arab women, is organized on the occasion of the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, which falls on 6 April each year to mark the launch of the first edition of the Olympic Games in 1896.

The exhibition features a number of the Sisters Brigitte and Marianne Lacombe works, displaying more than 50 of Brigitte’s pictures for a number of Arab female athletes who participated in the Olympic Games, including 31 Qataris.

It also includes short features, filmed by Marianne Lacombe, giving a glimpse into the history of female athletes from more than 20 Arab countries, as well as shedding light on some issues related to gender, culture and sports in the Arab world.

The exhibition has been very successful since it was first launched on July 25, 2012 in London, through Doha and a number of countries, including Germany last year, to United Nations Headquarters.

The opening ceremony was attended by Secretary General of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and legacy Hassan Al Thawadi, President of the United Nations General Assembly Miroslav Lajcak, and a number of Member States representatives permanent ambassadors to the United Nations, as well as a number of prominent personalities in the sports sector, United Nations Goodwill Ambassadors, academics, media professionals and representatives of civil society.