World leaders will gather in Dubai on Tuesday for the Middle East’s first Global Women’s Forum, where stereotypes of Arab women will be dispelled and their achievements promoted.
More than 2,000 participants and 200 speakers over the two days will work to boost women’s influence, design plans to encourage their greater contribution and promote diversity in the business world.
Speakers include Queen Rania of Jordan, Chilean president Michelle Bachelet, Mauritian president Ameenah Gurib-Fakim and Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund.
Also speaking will be Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, and Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Minister of State for Tolerance.
“The Global Women’s Forum Dubai is a crucial platform for showcasing exceptionally skilled Arab women across a variety of sectors, and demonstrating the achievements of these remarkable women,” said Shamsa Saleh, chief executive of Dubai Women’s Establishment.
“We’re very excited to be bringing this unique initiative to the Mena region for the first time, highlighting the inspiring stories of women on the global stage and recognising their efforts to make an impact in the workplace and our communities.”
Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed Al Maktoum, president of the DWE, said the forum would involve leading thinkers from business, government and society in “a global exchange of ideas related to gender diversity, female engagement and women’s contribution to societies”.
Courtesy: The National