Circle of Love (Assouline) features 87 resilient, magnanimous women, including Princess Dina Mired of Jordan, Afef Jnifen, Yasmin Le Bon, Radhika Khimji, and Maria Buccellati, photographed by Max Vadukul. Along with the photos, the women share personal stories of resilience, with all proceeds going to programs dedicated to helping alleviate the trauma of female victims of war. Among the women featured is the force behind the book and its related foundation, HH Sheikha Intisar AlSabah. “In light of the latest conflicts in the Middle East, I founded Intisar Foundation in 2018, a private initiative born from a desire to help women treat their physiological trauma, to strengthen their resilience, and to support them as they gain a new perspective of their lives and bring peace to the Arab world,” says Sheikha Intisar, who is also behind the fine jewelry brand Intisars.
The Kuwaiti sheikha is committed to furthering education, health, child protection, and human rights issues. The Intisar Foundation exists to “be part of the solution to build post-war life by providing an initial response through psychological support programs and spread peace,” she explains. The sheikha is committed to the belief that women are the cornerstone of every household and the grit that binds communities and believes a focus on them will engage positive change within those families and communities at large. The foundation’s programs include group therapy, where women receive ongoing support for sustained personal growth and healing. Developed by the Intisar Foundation, these programs help women overcome depression, anxiety, and trauma-related to war and post-migration conditions. They also give women access to a network built on support and understanding. The programs also harness the creative power of drama therapy and aims to educate and train 600 drama therapists and facilitators in 20 years.
Originally published in the January 2020 issue of Vogue Arabia