Key Theme and Agenda Streams of Women’s Forum Dubai 2016 announced at Women’s Forum Global Meeting in Deauville

Dubai, 16th October, 2015 (WAM): The key theme and agenda streams of the Women’s Forum Dubai, to be hosted by Dubai in 2016, were announced at a press conference at the Women’s Forum Global Meeting in Deauville, France today.

Speaking at the press conference, Shamsa Saleh, CEO of Dubai Women Establishment (DWE), said that Women’s Forum Dubai will be held under the theme ‘Let’s Innovate!’ from 23-24 February, 2016.

The DWE CEO further said: “Women’s Forum Dubai is set to be a landmark event for many reasons. Firstly, this is the first time the Women’s Forum will be held in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Secondly, the event is being held under the theme ‘Let’s Innovate!’. Women’s Forum Dubai will be an unprecedented platform for discussing the sustainable role of women in our fast changing world. It is a wonderful opportunity for us to examine how we can strengthen the role of women in economic development, and how we can inspire future generations of women to participate in nation-building.”

Women’s Forum Dubai will be organised under the patronage of UAE Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Saleh said that the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed reflects the importance the UAE leadership places on the empowerment of women.

Jacqueline Franjou, CEO of the Women’s Forum, said: “Women’s Forum Dubai is a product of the close collaboration between the Dubai Women Establishment and the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society. The event promises to bring a fresh set of perspectives on the role of women in innovation, sustainable social progress, business growth, good government and education. Some of the key voices that we will hear at Women’s Forum Dubai will be from women in the MENA region who have blazed new paths, challenged stereotypes and achieved success against great odds. Dubai will be an ideal venue for the event, as the UAE is one of the fastest developing regions not only economically but also in terms of innovation, education and governance. Dubai and the UAE have also been at the forefront of significant advances for women’s empowerment and gender equality in the region. We look forward to hearing the stories of women from various spheres of life both in the region and across the world.”

The preparations for hosting Women’s Forum Dubai are being led by Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the UAE Gender Balance Council and President of Dubai Women Establishment. “Sheikha Manal has been a powerful supporter and advocate for enhancing the role that women play in the evolution and growth of the UAE’s society and economy,” said Saleh.

Women’s Forum Dubai will feature a rich and thought-provoking programme. The DWC CEO revealed that the agenda streams for the Forum fall under five pillars: Achieving, Creating, Giving, Energizing, and Sustaining. Each pillar will serve to orient sessions and discussions to show how the development of innovative ideas and practices can benefit women, society or the economy. Initiatives that will be a part of Women’s Forum Dubai include Rising Talents, Women in Media, CEO Champions, Women in Boards and Women in Arts and Culture Saleh further said that Dubai provides the perfect setting for discussing themes of innovation and women’s empowerment. “Both Dubai and the UAE have a rich legacy of innovation that dates backs to the days of the founding of the Union. Innovation is not only a key hallmark of the country’s leadership but is also encouraged and celebrated in the community. Dubai is a hub not only for global business and trade, but also the exchange of ideas and innovation,” she said.

Saleh noted that Dubai is also a shining example for gender equity and women’s participation at all levels of society and professional fields: “The UAE’s social planning process has a strong focus on giving women an important role in the country’s socio-economic growth. The country has done significant work to involve women in decision-making processes. This has brought rich results. Many women today occupy prominent leadership positions,” she pointed out.