Building on its strategic goal of providing access to high-level resources that inspire and enhance the efforts of UAE women to contribute to the progress of their country, Dubai Women Establishment today held a new session of the Emarati Leaders Gathering (ELG) at the Grand Hyatt Dubai, honouring H.E. Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Al Qasimi, UAE Minister of Foreign Trade. H.E. Sheikha Lubna's remarkable contribution to affirming the powerful role women leaders play in the UAE was highlighted on a global level when she was recognized as the most powerful Arab woman in the world and the world's 70th most powerful woman by Forbes Magazine in its "2010 List of the World's Most Powerful Women, "a distinction that was formalized at the ELG by DWE.
H.E. Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi is one of the most recognized and respected government officials of the United Arab Emirates, primarily because of her numerous groundbreaking achievements in both the public and private sectors.
Commenting on the ELG, HH Sheikha Manal Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, wife of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, President of Dubai Women Establishment praised the UAE government's role in supporting women by providing them with opportunities to further the development of the nation.
Sheikha Manal added, "The appointment of Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi is a key factor in the process of recognizing the achievements of Emarati women who have made vast and valuable contributions to the nation's development in a short span of time." Her Highness added, "Emirati women have successfully made their mark in every key sector. We at the Dubai Women Establishment are keen to support this process by providing women with the opportunity to achieve greater success, and by empowering them to actively participate in the growth and development of the United Arab Emirates. We call upon women to embrace the responsibility entrusted to them as partners in building the community and aiding the modernization and progress of the nation."
"The Emarati Leaders Gathering is a unique initiative, and the opportunities it provides to UAE women in various stages of their career to be acquainted with successful women leaders and their invaluable first-hand advice are unmatched in the UAE. This latest session built on the gathering's reputation of providing a highly interactive platform for UAE women leaders to discuss and imbibe successful leadership practices from one of the Arab world's pioneering women leaders," said Shamsa Saleh, CEO of DWE."
"For UAE women, H.E. Sheikha Lubna is the face of success to the rest of the world. As an Emirati woman, it makes me proud to be represented by someone as powerful and respected as her in the international community," concluded Saleh.
During the event, H.E. Sheikha Lubna shared highlights of her career that spans over two decades, she also praised the vast development achieved by Emarati women on a local and international level where she said: "The UAE as a nation has overcome the gender issue between men and women, our standards are based on capabilities and qualifications and we have the facts and statistics to prove that. At the moment we have four women ministers working in the government force, UAE women also received their full rights to vote and we witnessed that in December 2006 during our parliament elections, with a total of 9 women out of 40 members reaching the national council, an impressive 22.5% which is the highest percentage for women working in legislation in the region. The UAE has also assigned 3 women ambassadors to represent our country in Sweden, Spain and Montenegro, in addition to having assigned a woman General Council in the city of Shanghai in China. Our achievements as UAE women did not end here, we also have women working in the judicial, attorney general and armed forces sectors. It is obvious that all those accomplishments were not achieved from nothing, but from the continuous efforts and support our government continuously puts forward."
H.E also highlighted that 53% of the federal government sector are women, 30% of them handle senior positions; the UAE also has the highest percentage of women studying in universities in the world which reaches up to 77%. The percentage of working women working in the UAE has increased in the past 4 years by 15% reaching over 11,000 women which in return endorsed the UAE's economy by pumping huge amounts of money reaching around 14 billion Dhms, and those women run around 14% of the local businesses and own 33% of the vital projects in the country.
The address was followed by a highly interactive open discussion with H.E which was moderated by Dubai TV presenter Majed Muhsin. H.E.Sheikha Lubna was also formally presented with a token of honour as the Arab world's most powerful woman 2010 by representatives of Forbes Magazine who were in attendance at the event.
Closing the ceremony, and on behalf of H.H Sheikha Manal, Mona Ghanem Al Marri, Chairperson of the Board of DWE, presented H.E Sheikha Lubna with a memorable token honoring her for achieving such a prominent title which is considered a pride for the UAE, Al Marri also encouraged UAE women to follow in the same footsteps as H.E.
DWE launched the Emirati Leaders Gathering as a platform to exchange ideas, research findings, case studies and inspirational success stories within its strategy to support UAE working women and enhance their position and participation in the development of their society. The purpose of the Emarati Leaders Gathering is to enable successful leaders to share their knowledge and experiences in order that others may learn from them. Previous sessions of the Emarati Leaders Gathering have hosted a number of local and international women leaders, such as H.E Maitha Al Shamsi, UAE Minister of State; H.E Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State in the Cabinet of the UAE; Dr Salwa Al-Jassar, member of National Assembly of Kuwait, Dr Mona Al Bahar, Assistant Professor and Dr. Fatma Al Sayegh, Associate Professor at the United Arab Emirates University, and a number of members of the UAE Federal National Council.
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