Editor’s Note – June 2024

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It’s been an exceptionally busy month for the Woman This Month team. Did you perhaps spot one of our vibrant team members out and about?

Despite my busy schedule, being someone who has a deep interest in social causes, I often ask myself: “Am I doing enough to support my community? Am I making an impact on… anyone?”. It’s something that has come up in conversation repeatedly with my coworker and our Production Manager, Mimi, a person I consider to be a dear friend and largely credit for my heightened sense of logic and motivation over the last year. Being the gracious woman that she is, she has a knack for reassuring me and seems to believe I do enough. Perhaps she sees me with kinder eyes than I sometimes view myself with – the type of friend we all need sometimes.

This brings me to my point of meeting women who uplift each other and have an impact on their communities. This month, WTM had the privilege of being the media partner for UNIDO’s World Entrepreneurs Investment Forum (WEIF). Over the course of the three-day forum, we met several inspirational women and interviewed the exceptional Fatou Haidara, Sophia Swire, Dr. Alaa Hamadto and Samrawit Mersiehazen. They have persevered to have long-lasting impacts on communities across the world and shared stories that moved me and several others. Perhaps it’s the inspiration I need to pursue large-scale positive change, or maybe it will be you, dear readers, who will have the next great story to share.
As part of this edition, we interviewed the Philippines Ambassador to Bahrain, HE Anne Jalando-On Louis, who shared her insight into bilateral relations between the two countries and Bahrain’s ASEAN Committee. We also share the stories of Adventurer and Motivational Speaker, Madhu Sarda, Professional Photographer, Nina Mommsen, and International Behaviour Analyst, Stella Philip.

Selfcare is an essential part of all our lives, one that is often overlooked! This month, we compiled a very special feature which highlights the best of beauty, aesthetic and wellness services across Bahrain. As part of this feature, you’ll read about the power couple behind ALKEM, Nasra Alabrawi and Aaron Grimley, who are featured on our cover. Together, they have introduced innovative IV Therapy treatments in Bahrain to address a range of concerns. I also reviewed the Turkish Hammam experience at Talise Spa located at Jumeirah Gulf of Bahrain which proved to be an incredibly rejuvenating treatment.
Being a jam-packed edition, you’ll also find insightful articles covering parenting, Bahrain’s business sector and cognitive sector.

Last, but certainly not least, it is in this edition that are proud to unveil the categories for the 2024 Woman of the Year Awards, the awards ceremony for which will take place on December 2. We also introduce you to our esteemed panel of judges – the Awards Review Committee (ARC).

There’s plenty to explore in this edition, and even more to discover online. So be sure to visit our website womanthismonth.com, and follow us on Instagram using the handle @womanthismonth.

Farah Baig
Editorial Director