Mohammed opens third edition of Arab Women Leadership Forum

His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice- President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, opened today the third edition of the Arab Women Leadership Forum at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Dubai.

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Published: Mon 19 Nov 2012, 8:20 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 1:28 PM

The inaugural session of the two-day Forum, organised by the Dubai Women Establishment ,(DWE), was chaired by Shaikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the wife of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, Shaikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Chairwoman of the DWE.

The events started with the playing of the UAE national anthem, which was followed by screening of a documentary film depicting the pivotal role of women in the building of the nation. The film also highlighted the support provided by the country’s supreme leadership for the empowerment of women in the effort to make them prime partners in the country’s comprehensive development and welfare.

The Speaker of the Federal National Council, (FNC), Mohammed Ahmed Al Mur, then addressed the Forum , praising the relentless efforts of the country’s leadership to strengthen women’s role in all walks of life on an equal footing with man.

Women in the UAE held several key positions including those of ministers and the first deputy speaker of the country’s legislative assembly, he noted.

The forum is one of the initiatives launched by the DWE to boost Emirati women’s efforts in development. It is held this year under the theme: ‘Board of Directors leadership and the importance of diversity’.

In her speech, which was delivered on her behalf by the Director of the Dubai Women Establishment ,Muna Ghanem Al Marri, Shaikha Manal said that the presence of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum at the opening of the Forum was inspiring and would motivate women to perceive their important role. The overall women’s movement in the country has its guiding light rekindled from his vision, she noted.

“These active women’s institutions that you see today are the fruit that embodies the aspirations of Emirati women. They lay down clear objectives and sublime goals for women. His Highness wanted women to participate in the development process so that it will become more effective and institutionalised”, Shaikha Manal added.

The event attracts topwomen leaders from throughout the region. For two days, they will discuss practical ideas on how to encourage women to play their role in the boards of directors of companies, which are usually dominated by men. Participants will also discuss positive governance practices in the Middle East.

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