#IWD2021: Interview with Dr. Dalal Alhasan

International Women’s Day (IWD) is an annual event to celebrate women’s achievements and spread the message of female empowerment and gender equality across the world.

As the day grows near, Bahrain Confidential celebrates the achievements of women in Bahrain and around the world by putting them on the spotlight and knowing how they #ChoosetoChallenge every day.

Today’s spotlight is on Dr. Dalal Alhasan, Director of Education and Proficiency Center at the King Hamad University Hospital.

What does the 2021 International Women’s Day, #ChoosetoChallenge mean for you in your work life?

Being fully conscious, fully thought through the argument(s) to the possibility of self- determination – individually and collectively as women. Safeguarding an inclusive work opportunity and environment that outranked gender inequality.

How did you overcome the barriers you have faced as a woman in becoming successful in your field?

By speaking up. It’s not sufficient to be in a role or to sit passively at the meeting table. One’s words must be heard confidently, as equal respect comes when one’s choice of words are composed.  I share this quote, “Raise your words not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers not thunder.” – Rumi

What’s one tip that greatly impacted you and your career trajectory?

One of the biggest tip that made a difference to my career trajectory is the power of “positive thinking”. Do not allow for negative thoughts to take control of your life. Be conscious and aware of unproductive and self-limiting thinking and replace these with more positive and encouraging thoughts and progress to move forward, despite them.

On International Women’s day, what is the most important message you want to send out to you women thinking about their careers?

Develop a sense of self-awareness by asking “What is the most important thing to me?”, “What makes me the most upset”? Mix that with doing something you really like, you really care about and don’t limit yourself.

What do you enjoy doing the most when you’re off?

I enjoy being an outdoor person where I spend my time reflecting to make things better whilst performing physical exercises. I do also enjoy experimenting cooking method of different recipes, mainly baking for my loving family and friends.