Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi feels that the comeback of the live in-person event shows the remarkable trait of the world of publishing to adapt to the new normal.
Expressing her gratitude upon receiving the award, Sheikha Bodour humbly acknowledged the recognition, expressing surprise and appreciation.
Sheikha Bodour engaged with the children who participated in the workshop and joined their activity, who on their part enthusiastically expressed their joy to share their drawings, creativity, and love for art and reading.
As a vital learning resource, books play a crucial role in nourishing children’s imagination, and developing language and critical thinking skills, said Bodour, while speaking at the session titled, “Closing the gap: Why access to books matters for children around the world.”
This meeting marked Sheikha Bodour’s first official engagement since she was conferred her new position at IPA. At the meeting, she stressed that challenges and opportunities in the Arab publishing landscape will remain key points on IPA agenda for the next couple of years.
The IPA President was speaking at the 37th IBBY International Congress convened in Moscow, Russia, from September 10–12, which brought together members of different national sections of the International Board on Books.
During her meeting with Mayor Karic, Sheikha Bodour explained the work the IPA is undertaking and shared her belief in the importance of a resilient and sustainable publishing sector.
In response to the important issues raised and valuable insights shared at the panel, Sheikha Bodour spoke of the many consultations and initiatives undertaken by the IPA to support women..
The IPA President called on both Tunisian and Moroccan publishers to take full advantage of the publishing opportunities offered by the IPA to fuel their growth.
Bodour Al Qasimi, Chair of the Sharjah World Book Capital, said, "When I heard about the fire at Giannino Stoppani, I knew that we as a publishing community needed to rally around the store in order for it to take up its important work once again."