SHARJAH, 22nd October, 2016 (WAM) -- In what became one of this year’s most crucial announcements for global women’s economical empowerment, Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the NAMA Women Advancement Establishment; declared that NAMA will be organising the first edition of Women Economic Empowerment Global Summit in Fall 2017, during a NAMA–UN Women roundtable.
It will be held on the side-lines of the second day of ‘Investing in Future’ (IIFMENA) conference in Sharjah. Sheikha Jawaher, also wife of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, explained how the Global Summit will see the birth of yet another significant collaboration between NAMA and UN Women, kicking into action their Equal Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs flagship initiative in Sharjah, the UAE and the rest of the Arab world. The Summit will also further support their ongoing efforts to deliver on the women’s economic empowerment dimensions of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 3-day Summit’s first edition will be in partnership with UN Women and will feature the first ever business Expo lead purely by female entrepreneurs, managers and owners of SMEs, and executive businesswomen, another pioneering initiative to empower women in economic decision-making. The roundtable was chaired by Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi alongside with Ameera BinKaram, Vice Chairperson of NAMA Women Advancement Establishment; Dr. Phumzile Mlambo, Executive Director of UN Women; Hind Alowais, Senior Advisor, UN Women; Meg Jones, Chief of Economic Empowerment division, UN Women; Fiza Farhan, Board member of UN FPI - Women's Economic Empowerment, Raghda Taryam, board member of Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry and representing SCCI, and saw the participation of successful women entrepreneurs from Brazil, Geneva, Kenya, South Africa, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. Various case studies mapping the success stories of women entrepreneurs and women-led organisations were put forth, and policy legislations to support them overcome the various challenges discussed. Strategies to empower women entrepreneurs with a special focus on procurement opportunities were the focus of the roundtable deliberations. Highlighting education and the right mental conditioning as a precursor to ensuring women’s economic empowerment, Sheikha Jawaher said, " We are all gathered here today because we are strong supporters and activists of women’s economic empowerment. I believe that real empowerment of women can only be realised when we start the process early, teaching our children the values of tolerance, gender equality and equal economic opportunities for women and men. By passing these values to our children from an early age, the empowerment process will be naturalised within the workings of society, and soon there will be a day when we will not have to fight for our rights anymore." Emphasising on the need for transformative action and revitalised global partnerships, she added, "Today, to embrace all previous efforts invested to advance woman locally, regionally and globally, NAMA, will be co-convening ‘Equal Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs’ over the next five years, which is one of the Flagship Programming Initiatives (FPI) under UN Women’s second strategic plan titled Women's Economic Empowerment (WEE)." "NAMA, is strategically positioned to aid towards making international initiatives for women locally relevant, for instance, the Pearl Initiative that linked the private sector with global development and CSR practices," Sheikha Jawaher said, focusing on NAMA’s role in customising the UN Women’s WEE initiative for the Arab demography. Sheikha Jawaher thanked H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and the UAE Permanent Mission at the UN in New York, for supporting NAMA with the WEE FPI and added that NAMA looks forward to furthering the strength of the relationship with the Mission and other NGOs and the civil society working towards elevating women globally.
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