How a young woman is helping Palestinian artists

22/10/2016 (Gulf News – UAE): Rawan Al Asaad from Palestine is a semifinalist in “The Queen”, an initiative of the Arabian Media Network (AMN) in Cairo. The new TV show aims to recognise the social responsibility and creativity of ordinary Arab women and crown “the queens” for their proactive work that benefits their communities. I meet Al Asaad at a coffee shop in Ramallah. She greets me with a charming smile, and her warm personality and bountiful energy can’t be easily missed. So how did she learn of the programme? “I came across this TV advertisement asking potential contestants to apply. I sent a video explaining my initiative in Palestine. After two weeks I was selected to represent Palestine. There were 30,000 applicants in all, and now I am a semifinalist with 30 others,” she says. “This is vital for Palestine’s culture of art which promotes peaceful existence and resistance.”..



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