The Dubai Women Establishment issued a report on the results of the work and recommendations of the International Women’s Forum – Dubai 2020, which it organized under the slogan “The Power of Impact”, last February.
The report – which was launched electronically, in line with the Dubai Paperless Strategy, which aims to make Dubai the smartest and happiest city in the world, and facilitate its access to the largest possible number of interested people and participants – the most important things addressed by the forum’s sessions and activities, and the recommendations issued by it, which feed into The Department for the Advancement of Women, and discussing best practices that support the expansion of the scope of their economic, political and social participation, and emphasizing their role in future plans.
The wife of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the Emirates Council for Gender Balance and President of the Dubai Women Foundation, said, “This report, including the opinions, discussions and recommendations it contains And a presentation of the best experiences and practices that serve the file of women around the world, as it includes important policies in various fields related to women, which can be relied upon as a reference for policy-makers and decision-makers, based on the growing awareness of the positive impact of expanding the circle of women’s participation in the economy, society and political life, in addition to The change in the stereotypical perceptions that prevailed in some societies about the role of women, and the importance of providing appropriate health and educational opportunities for them. ”Her Highness added that“ the issuance of this report comes as a translation of the main axes included in the strategic plan of the Dubai Women Establishment, which focuses on exchanging knowledge and experiences from By organizing programs and events that enhance the social and economic participation of women in various fields, and building strategic partnerships with the government and private sectors, with the aim of increasing women’s representation and Influencing policy by launching specific initiatives and developing research databases.
Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum affirmed that “the success of the Dubai Women’s Establishment in attracting the organization of this important global forum in Dubai, with this remarkable presence, reflects the global appreciation of the Emirati experience as a model to be emulated in supporting women and benefiting from their energies in various sectors, as follows: In light of the unprecedented success of the 2016 session, which was held in Dubai for women for the first time in the Middle East and North Africa region.
The forum, which was held on February 16 and 17, under the patronage and in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, 4,500 people from about 100 countries, led by prominent international figures and high-level officials from The public and private sectors, leaders of international organizations, inspirational female figures in various fields, and impact makers shared many success stories in their professional lives, within more than 60 discussion sessions in the largest event of its kind in the world, concerned with discussing ways to advance women’s participation in all fields With a focus on the four main axes of the forum, namely, government, economy, society and the future. Elite international figures participated in the Global Women Forum – Dubai 2020, led by the President of the World Bank Group, David Malpass, the Director General of the International Monetary Fund, Kristalina Georgieva, the former Prime Minister, Member of Parliament in the United Kingdom, Theresa May, and the advisor to the US President, Ivanka Trump, as they participated. Their visions are presented to a group of ministers, government leaders, prominent executives, experts, academics, entrepreneurs and students from nearly 100 countries.
The forum was supported by two prominent international organizations, the International Monetary Fund and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, who participated in it as “global knowledge partners”. On the sidelines of the forum, Dubai hosted the “Regional Summit for Financing Women Entrepreneurs”, for the first time in the Middle East and North Africa region. Africa, with the aim of intensifying efforts in support of women entrepreneurs in the region, as the summit discussed ways to provide adequate financial support to enable women to succeed in launching their own projects, in a way that enhances the economic returns of women’s participation, and provides additions that will positively affect global GDP, and raise the level of productivity in various sectors This hosting reflects the UAE’s commitment to support women at the regional and international levels, and is in line with government efforts aimed at building bridges of communication and cooperation to raise the status of women in the country, in order to achieve the vision of the wise leadership and the national goals that seek to empower women and enhance gender balance.
Within its various axes, the forum discussed ways to develop a set of tools for global best practices on gender balance, and the importance of identifying the needs of countries in the framework of their efforts to promote gender equality. Opinions were also exchanged on a number of issues related to the political, legal, economic and social empowerment of women, and the tools needed to activate Multidimensional empowerment and strengthening of its future role.
Experts emphasized that there is encouraging progress in the countries of the Middle East in terms of supporting women and moving towards achieving gender balance, and that some of these countries are currently working to identify gaps and address them in cooperation with relevant international organizations, and they pointed out that despite the progress achieved in terms of gender balance in The world in general, but there are still many challenges facing this file, including the lack of balanced legislation in some countries, in addition to obstacles related to culture, social norms and traditions. Experts in this field called for the development of legislation and policies that are adapted to all groups and do not belong to a specific group, with the importance of instilling the values of balance and awareness of the role of women since childhood, indicating that there is a need to reform policies and many things that can be done to enhance gender balance in some Countries, including creating equal opportunities for men and women with regard to education and the labor market, financial financing and ownership of assets, and creating a balance for women between family life and working life.
An inspiring experience
International experts and officials of international organizations praised the Emirati experience in supporting and empowering women, and the advanced level achieved by the state in the field of gender balance, stressing that the UAE has a clear political will and vision that led to these achievements and made it an inspiring model for the countries of the region in issuing legislation and implementing supportive policies. For gender balance.
Experts in the forum focused on the fact that the fourth industrial revolution, artificial intelligence, and the changes expected to occur in the coming years, carry with them both opportunities and threats, and that their impact will include men and women together, and the beneficiaries of modern and future technologies are those who accompany them and accept their changes, and they called on all countries To enhance women’s participation in future sectors such as sustainable energy and innovation.
At the top of the priority list
The forum called for concerted efforts to overcome the obstacles facing women entrepreneurs and impede progress in their work, by developing the system of legislation and policies, expanding the access of female entrepreneurs to sources of finance, markets, training and guidance, and supporting them in all ways based on the importance of small and medium enterprises in supporting the economies of all countries World, in addition to its impact on social cohesion and stability.
Speakers at the forum stressed the importance of women’s mental health, and the need to place it at the top of the list of health priorities, due to its role in enhancing the well-being and well-being of individuals.
The report was launched electronically, in line with the Dubai Paperless Strategy, which aims to make Dubai the smartest and happiest city in the world, and facilitate its access to the largest possible number of interested persons and participants.
People from nearly 100 countries participated in the forum last February.
President of the Dubai Women Establishment:
“Dubai Women’s success in organizing the forum, with this remarkable presence, reflects the global appreciation for the Emirati experience.”
Emphasizing the positive effects of women’s economic, political and social participation.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution and artificial intelligence bring opportunities and challenges for both men and women.
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