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AUK Celebrates International Women's Day

To participate in the worldwide celebrations of International Women's Day, the Division of Student Affairs at the American University of Kuwait (aUK) organized activities and lectures to educate women on how to maintain their outer beauty, to embrace their inner beauty, and to celebrate successful women from the local community. The activities also included an opportunity for attendees to test their driving skills.

Sephora, one of the leading cosmetics stores in Kuwait, organized an event called Belle of the Ball. At the event, guests were introduced to products that will help them take care of how their outer beauty. Beauty experts discussed fragrances and make-up, as well as ways to maintain healthy hair and skin.

Eating habits and healthy lifestyle routines are important to manage and maintain healthy skin. Dr. Zainab Akbar Ashkanani, Dermatology Resident at the Asaad Al Hamad Center, was invited to share with the students the intricate details of skin care while focusing on the importance of healthy living and advised on the latest products on the market designed to minimize skin flaws. She stressed the importance of cleansing, moisturizing and using sunblock to prevent future skin damage.

In addition to educating women on maintaining their outer beauty, Ms. Joanne Hands, Clinical Director of Kuwait Counseling Center, was invited to speak with the guests about the importance of inner beauty. She explained how inner beauty is a positive trait which women should be proud to have attributed to their character. "Inner beauty doesn't really need makeup. It is so important to respect and like yourself before you ask others to do so," she added, indicating the vital role a woman has in identifying her own positive attributes.

The International Women's Day activities also included paying tribute to successful women in Kuwait, such as Bibi Al-Sabah, Founder of Kuwait Healthy Living, Zahra Taqi, Founder of Milestones Coaching, and Maryam Al-Nusif, Co-founder of Shakshooka Market. The list also included widely admired AUK graduates, like comedienne Shaikha Al-Khaldi, political researcher Wafiqa Al-Mulla, and founder of The Yard, Ala'a Ali Redha. "It was a great opportunity for AUK to recognize those great women and their positive impact on the young women," said Dr. Carol Ross, Vice President of Student Affairs.

Activities of the day also included an obstacle driving course for people to test their driving skills and understand the importance of driving responsibly.

The entire campus community had an opportunity to participate in the activities of the day and take some time to acknowledge women they respected by inscribing names and dedications on the "Women We Admire" board.

Photos from the Event

Released by the Office of Public Affairs on the 16th March 2014

Photography by the Office of Public Affairs (C) 2014

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