Bodour Al Qasimi attends the launch of PublisHer in Sao Paulo

Bodour Al Qasimi during the fireside chat in Sao Paulo.
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Sharjah: Following recent meetings with publishers in Bogota and Buenos Aires, Bodour Al Qasimi, President of the International Publishers Association (IPA), continued her engagements in Latin America by traveling to Sao Paulo where she participated at a one-day event marking the launch of the Brazilian edition of PublisHer — a platform designed to foster greater gender diversity, solidarity and equal opportunity in the publishing industry.

Building on the success of the initiative around the world, PublisHer was launched in Brazil to enable women publishers to be part of a larger community, to inspire new ideas, partnerships and initiatives addressing diversity and gender. inclusion in the industry.

Challenges related to job mobility and the gender pay gap

In a fireside chat held at the launch, the IPA president said the network would help address the many gender-based inequalities and inclusion challenges, including job mobility and employment. gender pay gap.

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Bodour Al Qasimi speaks during a panel discussion at the PublisHer event.
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Another key engagement during his time in Brazil was to meet with publishing stakeholders in the region at the Brazilian Publishers Conference, which took place before the Sao Paulo International Book Fair.

The IPA President hailed the spirit of collaboration in the Brazilian publishing industry in her speech at the 3rd Professional Course. She explained how the InSPIRe program emerged as a catalyst for industry-wide change, which addresses significant challenges and opportunities brought about by the pandemic. The IPA President called on publishers and booksellers to stick together, stay focused and apply a diversity of skills to drive their success.


Bodour Al Qasimi during his meeting with Brazilian publishers in Sao Paulo.
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Improve the visibility of Brazilian publishers

The IPA President also met with members of the three publishing associations in Brazil – CBL, SNEL and Abrelivros – to discuss how the IPA can support them. She stressed the importance of capitalizing on the opportunities presented by the appointment of the Brazilian Karine Pansa as the new president of the IPA to improve the visibility of Brazilian publishers in the world.

Bringing a new vision and a new strategy

Following these engagements, Bodour attended the Sao Paulo International Book Fair and participated in several important discussions.

During a roundtable at the book fair entitled “New Libraries, New Readers”, Bodour joined panelists from Colombia and Brazil in a dynamic exchange of ideas during which she shared the experience of the United Arab Emirates. in terms of inspiring a new vision and a new strategy to develop the House of Wisdom. into a modern gateway to knowledge, culture and learning. The API President also spoke about the vital role of libraries in connecting communities, especially in developing countries and crisis environments.