On April 12th, 2018, a Whatsapp group “Women Surgeons of Kuwait” (WSK) was created to bring women in the surgical field together and empower and support each other better. The group consisted of pioneer and qualified women surgeons as well as women in training in diverse surgical specialties in Kuwait. The group started with 41 members and currently has 72 members. The group went on its first breakfast meeting on 28th of April, 2018, where they shared their stories and experiences in surgery and life.
The event was a success and was posted on social media and rapidly has caught the attention of the local surgical society. WSK has then continued its versatile activities and continued to grow in number and official representation mandated its evolution to be the Women Surgeons Committee (WSC) in Kuwait Association of Surgeons (KAS) in December 2018. The WSC was the fruitful result of tireless collaborative efforts of WSK group over several months, and was publically announced in February 2019. The WSC expanded regionally to welcome and collaborate with women surgeons from all the six Gulf Countries and also has international collaboration and partnership with the Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) and the Women Committee in American College of Surgeons. Women Surgeons Committee is currently planning the first WSK conference in November 2019, which will be the first of its kind in the Gulf region and the Middle East aiming to connect, empower and support all women surgeons in the region in the field of surgery.