Carrera y Carrera CEO Speaks at Arab Women’s Conference

Published May 10th, 2005 - 01:21 GMT

The female head of Spain’s premier fashion jewellery house Carrera y Carrera was a speaker at the 2005 Arab International Women’s Forum held in Brussels. CEO María Eugenia Girón spoke about women as professionals and entrepreneurs during the conference, titled “Women as Engines of Economic Growth in the Arab World”.

Hundreds of participants from across the Arab world, Europe and beyond – including female company presidents and government ministers – gathered for two days of meetings and discussions supporting the goals of the Arab International Women’s Forum (AIWF) to promote business success and peace.

Girón’s participation reflects her and Carrera y Carrera’s commitment to the Middle East and the women of the region. “We as Spaniards are very close to women from this part of the world and share a lot of similarities, not only in our taste in jewellery but also in how we live our lives. By speaking at this gathering, I have been able to meet many female professionals and learn more about their lives and the challenges they face. I firmly believe in peace and my involvement here is a way to express it,” she said.

As one of a number of prominent speakers from across the world, Girón said she was “proud to be here to help promote the success of women and in this way help give back to society for what I have been able to achieve.” Girón’s company is among the world’s best-known names in trendsetting high-class jewellery.

The Arab International Women’s Forum, based in London, is the only non-profit organisation dedicated to linking Arab business and professional women with each other and with their counterparts in the international community. AIWF has members from 22 Arab countries and more than 15 other countries in Europe, North and South America, Australia, Japan and South Africa.

AIWF board members include Assilah Zaher Al Harthy, Founder-President & Managing Director of the InterLynx L.L.C., Oman and Head of Corporate Affairs at the Oman Oil Company; Sheikha Hind Salman Al-Khalifa, Assistant Undersecretary for Social Affairs, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Kingdom of Bahrain; Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Minister of Economy & Planning, UAE and Managing Director of; Khalidah Ahmed Al-Qatami, Chairman, Al Khunaini Al Qatami General Trading Company, Kuwait; Sheikha Hanadi Nasser Bin Khalid Al Thani, Vice Chairperson and Managing Director of the Qatar Ladies Investment Company, and Nadia Hassan Bakhurji, Interior Architect and President of Riwaq of the Kingdom Co. Ltd, Saudi Arabia.

Through AIWF, members can build contacts and friendships, foster cooperation and work closely to create peace and understanding and further progress and prosperity in Middle East societies. AIWF also is a voice for Arab women by showcasing their success, breaking stereotypes and creating greater public awareness of their accomplishments and prospects.

The 2005 AIWF programme was held in early April at the European Parliament in Brussels, with the cooperation of the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Arab League, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the World Bank.

Carrera y Carrera has a history of commitment to working with women in the communities in which it operates and supports development activities alongside its own global expansion drive.


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