KUWAIT: Born to the Kuwaiti royal family, her highness HH Sheikha Intisar AlSabah has a unique personality with sky-high ambition and love for life in all its details. She is the daughter of His Highness Sheikh Salem AlSabah, from whom she acquired many traits and learned many virtues. A supporter of women and young people, with an unwavering determination to make it a better and more peaceful society, her efforts have spanned into the UNDP, Human Rights Watch, as well as various endeavors in women’s and children’s health, education, and empowerment.
Getting the best out of people was her mission to peace and love. Sheikha Intisar AlSabah supports women to be heard and seen through vocal and visual expressions of their own stories. “Powerful women are the ones who nurture, help, and grow others with unconditional love and support.” This vacuum in the areas of women’s support prompted her to begin a journey into the world of psycho-social support for women affected by war. HH Sheikha Intisar AlSabah launched Intisar Foundation in 2018 a UK-based charity, with two programs in Lebanon and Jordan that used expressive therapies to empower and help women overcome their war traumas.
The Circle of Love book portrait 87 inspirational women of compassion and magnanimity, including the famous English model Yasmin Le Bon, Princess Dina Marad from Jordan, Afef Jnifen, as well as significant Kuwaiti women coming from different backgrounds that levied both their hearts and souls to inspire others with their own poignant stories. The Circle of Love highlights those influential and powerful female figures from all around the world to speak and encourage others to rise and face their challenges. The book took place at CAP Gallery in Kuwait on the 29th of January, 2020 at 7 PM to highlight these powerfully loving women and inspire others to join an existing Circle or start a new Circle of Love.
A rewarding collaboration was made between HH Sheikha Intisar AlSabah and one of the photography’s signature image-makers, Max Vadukul in the Circle of Love book. Coming from a background of photography for The New Yorker and French Vogue, Italian Vogue, Egoïste, Rolling Stone, and W Magazine, Max Vadukul played a huge part in featuring the strong women in his playful frame to manifest the real essence of power and resilience seen to one another.
CEO of Intisar Foundation, Karima Anbar mentioned that: “Intisar Foundation is doing a deafening job in helping women affected by war through the use of a therapeutic approach of Drama Therapy. As all proceeds of the book sale go to Intisar Foundation to help and support these women to become more resilient and powerful into spreading peace in the Arab world.”
The Circle of Love event was a huge success for the inspiring and powerful women, as many famous and known attendees like Sheikha Fatima AlSabah, Sheikha Anwar AlSabah, Noor Al Qatami, etc purchased the book to help support women affected by war to overcome their own challenges and merits to grow within. Max Vadukul, lent his naturally gifted ability of photography to perform and showcase the women around the world who are paving the way to a challenging voice of power. Unique signed autographs were granted from the only Max Vadukul to all women signed in black and white for a memorable cause and a moment of support to remember and reminisce over.
The Circle of Love book was a distinctive endeavor and a powerful pursue from her highness HH Sheikha Intisar AlSabah as it is a very common aim and work done formerly. In 2017, Sheikha Intisar collaborated with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to hold an art exhibition entitled “Women in War”, highlighting the challenges faced by women in war-torn areas. After which a book was published called “Women in War” in collaboration with 24 international artists.