MUMBAI: Al Jazeera won the "Media Woman of the Year" award at the 7th Middle East Businesswomen and Leaders Awards gala held in Dubai on March 8th. The Awards, designed to celebrate the achievements of professional women in the Middle East, recognized the numerous contributions of Al Jazeera‘s female staff, and their unique role in advancing Al Jazeera‘s mission of groundbreaking news to the Network‘s global audience. The Award was given on behalf of all female employees of Al Jazeera who participate in virtually every aspect of the Network‘s news-gathering and reporting process.
Accepting the award on Al Jazeera‘s behalf, Khadija ben Guena one of Al Jazeera’s leading women presenters stated, "Al Jazeera has been a pioneer in integrating women into the company‘s operations at all levels, and is an example of the valuable contribution women can make to an organization. From on-air personalities and journalists to editors, producers and support staff, the many women of Al Jazeera continue to demonstrate their ability to perform and succeed."
Commenting on the Award, Al Jazeera Director General Wadah Khanfar stated, "Al Jazeera is extremely proud of this honor. The contributions of our female staff are simply too numerous to list. Their presence on the screen, their hard work behind the scenes, and their courage reporting from dangerous locations on the field, have helped to make Al Jazeera the success that it is today. They have been an integral part of our workforce, supporting or editorial mission and vision, for our 11 year history. We are very fortunate to have such a committed and professional staff and every female employee at Al Jazeera deserves this award."