Power Women of Arabia Debate gathers leaders to address evolution of women empowerment in the region

By: Editor In Chief
Thu 29 October,2015

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The Dubai Business Women Council and LEADERS Middle East magazine, host first debate to establish open grounds for talks on the current and future situation of women’s progress in the region

Filed Under: Power Women of Arabia Debate

Dubai, UAE, 28 October 2015 - The Dubai Business Women Council (DBWC), and Leaders Middle East magazine today hosted the first Power Women of Arabia Debate which welcomed distinguished participants and prominent female leaders to debate on current matters around women empowerment and its future prospects.

Held at the Address Dubai Marina, The Power Women of Arabia Debate (www.powerwomen.me) was opened by H.E. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, with a speech which emphasized the commitment that the UAE has towards supporting women in shaping the socio economic landscape of the United Arab Emirates.

Becky Anderson, Managing Editor CNN, Abu Dhabi & Anchor of Connect the World , moderated a one on one live interview with H.E. Dr. Raja Easa Saleh Al Gurg, President of the Dubai Business Women Council, followed by the first panel discussion with power women including H.E. Sheikha Al Zain Al Sabah, Undersecretary of Youth Affairs in Kuwait, Mrs. Ahlam Yousif Al Janahi, Board Member of Bahran Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mona Bawarshi – CEO, Gezairi Transport Group, Mona Mohtasseb , Director of the Wealth and Investment Management at Barclays and Dr. Ismahane A. Elouafi, Director General and ICBA Agriculture.

On the occasion Dr. Al Gurg, said: “Today’s debate highlighted that women are already participating in the business community and playing a big role in the UAE and GCC economy, but there is still a lot of opportunity for growth. It is the role of both the government and the private sector to action initiatives that further encourage the development of women in this region.”

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Mr. Lorenzo Jooris, CEO & Editor in Chief LEADERS Middle East Magazine, continued by saying, “Studies are showing that women are more entrepreneurial spirited than men in this region. We are witnessing a higher percentage of startups in the UAE from women. Also companies that have bigger percentage of women on their boards are showing to be more profitable organizations. We would like to thank all our sponsors, Barclays Bank, Philips, AIG, AT Kearney, The Meera Kaul Foundation, Trox, the Address Dubai Marina, wasl properties, Wollongong University, Servcorp, OSN and Orme.”

The Power Women of Arabia Debate will be a yearly event and intends to increase the dialog between individuals and corporations for finding ways of encouraging the development of women in society in the region.

For photos of the event: http://www.powerwomen.me/gallery/

About DBWC:

Established in 2002, under the umbrella of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Dubai Business Women Council is the official representative organisation for business women, both professionals and entrepreneurs, in the Emirate of Dubai.

Building awareness, educating, promoting opportunities and enhancing positive change in the community towards the acceptance of women in business is at the heart of the DBWC’s belief in empowering women and motivating them to be productive members of the society and economy.

The ‘Network Majlis’ events are hosted monthly by the DBWC in order to provide information about the latest knowledge, skills and best practices for women entrepreneurs and leaders. For more information about DBWC and their recent activities, visit www.dbwc.ae.

LEADERS Middle East:

Is aimed at the highest Leaders in business and politics that are shaping the region’s economic and social landscape. Our purpose is to illuminate the current issues taking place in the Middle East while reflecting on the people at the center of these developments.


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