Sharjah: Bodour Al Qasimi, President of the International Publishers Association (IPA), hailed the need for coordinated efforts to address the challenges faced by professional women in publishing today and to come up with viable solutions to strengthen empowering women in the industry during her recent visit to the Latin American countries of Colombia and Argentina.
IPA President met with María Juliana Ruiz Sandoval, First Lady of the Republic of Colombia, at the “Casa de Nariño” in Bogotá, and discussed successful women’s empowerment strategies implemented in both countries . Bodour Al Qasimi also shared the Kalimat Foundation’s most impactful initiatives that promote diversity in the Arabic publishing sector.
In her meetings with publishers and industry stakeholders during the visit, the API President reiterated the need for better practices in the publishing industry and called for giving prioritizing empowerment and training of women publishers to build capacity, address skills gaps and build strong and inclusive businesses. ecosystems.
In Colombia, the IPA President met with Diana Escobar, Vice President of Sustainable Development at Ecopetrol Colombia, and officials from the Regional Center for the Promotion of Books in Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLALC), to discuss the extent of collaborations in the training of women editors.
Bodour Al Qasimi also met with Her Excellency Angelica Mayolo, Colombian Minister of Culture, and explored opportunities for collaboration with IPA, particularly in the area of diversity and inclusion, and thus strengthen the presence and role of women in the industry.
In Argentina, the president of API presented strategies to empower women in the publishing industry during a roundtable with Ana Maria Cabanellas, president of Grupo Editorial Claridad, one of the main publishing houses. Argentina edition.
During his meeting with member publishers of the Colombian Book Chamber, Bodour Al Qasimi discussed issues related to sustainability and explored the challenges of paper shortage and its impact on the publishing sector. During her meeting with Argentine publishers, the IPA President reiterated her support for the recovery and growth of publishing markets affected by the global pandemic and urged publishers to take advantage of opportunities for development and capacity building offered through the IPA Academy, which is now online. .
Bodour Al Qasimi also attended the opening ceremony of the Buenos Aires International Book Fair and visited the Bogota International Book Fair during his visit to the two Latin American countries.