STEM Association

STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications.
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STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications.STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, STEM integrates them into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications.

Bahrain first in the GCC to introduce convertible notes

Changes will allow Bahrain-based SMEs and startups to fundraise via convertible notes and Employee Shares Schemes A new amendment to the Bahrain Commercial Companies Law (BCCL) will enable firms to introduce employee share schemes and to raise funding via convertible notes – a type of loan which means lenders can be repaid in equity rather than cash. The change, introduced by legislative ...

Unstereotype Alliance launches its UAE National Chapter, first outpost of the global UN Women initiative in ME

ABU DHABI, 9th November, 2020 (WAM) — Convened by UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, the Unstereotype Alliance, today launched its UAE National Chapter with a coalition of partners committed to tackling harmful stereotypes of women and men in media and advertising. The UAE National Chapter will focus its work on broadening the representation ...

Sheikha Bodour becomes first Arab woman to be appointed president of International Publishers Association

Sharjah: Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi has become the first woman in the Arab world to be appointed President of the International Publishers Association (IPA) since the founding of the organisation in 1896. The announcement was made at the virtual IPA General Assembly Congress (GAC). With her appointment as IPA President, Sheikha Bodour becomes the second woman globally to occupy the ...

Labour Law Updates in the GCC Promoting Gender Equality – Ensure Your Current Salary Practices are Compliant

In brief Recent developments in the labour laws of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have been issued to bridge the gender- pay gap between men and women. The updates have been in relation to: (i) prohibiting discrimination, whether in pay or otherwise, between male and female employees who carry out the same job in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain; (ii) introducing ...

“The Impact of Covid on Gender Roles in the MENA Region” Webinar

“The Impact of Covid on Gender Roles in the MENA Region” webinar with: – Sirin Tekinay, Dean, College of Engineering, American University of Sharjah – Savita Kumra, Associate Professor, School of Business Administration, American University of Sharjah – Norita Ahmad, Associate Professor, School of Business Administration, American University of Sharjah Hosted by: ...

Why catering to Muslim women could be a ‘lucrative’ move for UK gyms

As coronavirus continues to weigh on Britain, there has been a dramatic surge in demand for Muslim personal trainers and gyms. Personal trainers across London have noted rising demand among Muslim women as they seek to work out ‘modestly’ with other females in comfortable spaces that respect their faith. Britain’s first gym for Muslim women opened in Cardiff, South Wales in 2016, kicking ...

UAE discusses National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security to activate UNSCR 1325

ABU DHABI, 17th October, 2020 (WAM) — Noura Al Suwaidi, Secretary-General of the General Women’s Union, GWU, affirmed the UAE’s commitment to advance the agenda related to women’s engagement in peace and security. Al Suwaidi said the UAE and UN WOMEN (United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women) announced the first and second round of the ...

Princes Lamia receives ‘People First Leader Award’ at GCC GOV HR Summit 2020

We show you our most important and recent visitors news details Princes Lamia receives ‘People First Leader Award’ at GCC GOV HR Summit 2020 in the following article Hind Al Soulia – Riyadh – RIYADH — Princess Lamia Bint Majed Al Saud, secretary general and member of the board of trustees at Alwaleed Philanthropies — chaired by Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal — has been presented ...

Laurentian names Kuwait-born Llewellyn CEO in first for women in Canada

Montreal: Rania Llewellyn broke the glass ceiling as the first woman to lead one of Canada’s eight largest banks. Her challenge at Laurentian Bank of Canada is to revive a lender that has struggled for years to find growth. Llewellyn, who was named Laurentian’s chief executive officer Tuesday, comes with an unusual biography for a Canadian bank chief. Born in Kuwait, she moved to ...

UAE Foreign Ministry organises workshop on women, peace, security

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, MoFAIC, has organised a virtual workshop on women, peace and security with the participation of senior representatives of UN Women, the General Women’s Union, and the European Union. The workshop was attended by Saeed Rashed Al Hebsi, Director of the Human Rights Department at the MoFAIC; Gabriel Munuera Vinals, Head of the Arab ...

Al-Otaibi wins Gulf women leadership award for 2020

We show you our most important and recent visitors news details Al-Otaibi wins Gulf women leadership award for 2020 in the following article Hind Al Soulia – Riyadh – Saudi Gazette report RIYADH — Dr. Sarah Al-Otaibi, director at women’s Makkah branch of the Institute of Public Administration, has been awarded the “Women Leadership Award of the Year 2020 in the ...

Balqees Fathi Launches Beauty Brand With Arab Women In Mind

Stars are always celebrating their birthdays in original, standout and fun ways, and Balqees Fathi recently proved she is one of them. To mark her big day, the Yemeni-Emirati singer announced the launch of her new luxury make-up brand, BEX Beauty. While the new range is made in Italy, a prime destination for cosmetics innovation, it has been created with women from the GCC and Middle East in ...

‘The Dinner’: Saudi and Emirati trio unite to create female-led film – and hope others follows in their footsteps

It’s every father’s worst nightmare. Your precious daughter returns home after studying overseas. You have laid down the kind of family feast that only you, a celebrated local butcher, could provide. But she has not come alone. Tagging along is a Korean friend she met at college, bringing a new set of cultural values you cannot relate to and a dark secret that could tear the family ...

Sheikh Sabah welcomed me warmly as first female US ambassador to Kuwait. He will be missed

The passing of the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, on Tuesday marked the loss of a beloved national leader, who spent nearly six decades skilfully guiding his country’s interactions on the regional and international stage. It also, perhaps, marked the end of an era of Arab leadership, whose strategic vision relied more on collective engagement and inherently incremental ...

More Saudi women aim to compete in bodybuilding competitions

Riyadh: An increasing number of women in Saudi are lifting weights with the aim to compete. Coach Nada Ismail says she is surprised by the growing interest in weightlifting and bodybuilding among Saudi Arabian women, in a video posted by Reuters. In Saudi, where women bodybuilders and weightlifters were once taboo, a ban on women accessing gyms was lifted 2017, part of a bigger initiative to ...

Inclusivity Matters: Speeding Up Gender Diversity (And Breaking Glass Ceilings) For Female Board Members In The GCC

Over the past few decades, gender diversity in the workplace has been a constant topic, both globally and regionally. While companies have been working towards advancing the gender balance, especially at corporate decision-making levels, the actual implementation has proven to be slow and strenuous. Increased gender diversity levels have proven, through ample evidence, to have a positive ...

Meet the Women judges for the Hotelier Awards 2020

After a year that can at best be described as eventful, were looking forward to celebrating the great and good of the region’s hotel industry at the Hotelier Middle East Awards 2020. The glittering awards ceremony (and party) will be held at the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai in Business Bay on Tuesday, November 24, after being pushed back due to the coronavirus pandemic. It will look and feel a ...

Mudhawi’s List: Kuwait creates platform to support women in politics

Kuwait City: As the 2020 Kuwait National Assembly elections are approaching, candidates are beginning to campaign for a seat in parliament. In an effort to support women running for office, Mudhawi’s list, an online platform, just launched in time to highlight women running in the 2020 National Assembly election. Mudhawi’s List aims to support women running for elected office positions by ...

Best GCC workplaces for women set to be revealed

Great Place to Work has compiled a list of 40 of the top businesses in the GCC for female employees for the first time The best workplaces for women are set to be announced live through the Arabian Business’ YouTube and Facebook page as well as the Instagram page of GreatPlaceToWork this afternoon (Wednesday) at 3pm. For the first time in the region, Great Place to Work has compiled a ...

International Space City to create 1m Arab women space entrepreneurs

International Space City (ISC), the world’s first virtual commercial city dedicated to advancing the business of space, has launched Spacehackers, an initiative to create 1 million Arab women space entrepreneurs. Under the campaign ‘Inspire Generations’, the initiative intends to provide online training and guidance to support 1 million Arab women launch their own space-related and ...

How women are still fighting to break glass ceiling in the Gulf

Inaugural Best Workplaces for Women in GCC 2020 to be announced live on Arabian Business’ Facebook and YouTube channels on September 30 Under one in five representatives at executive level in UAE companies are females, according to the latest research from global giant Great Place to Work. The study of Asia and the Middle East showed that, in terms of gender ratio at companies in the Middle ...

Women of influence in the Middle East 2020

Each year, CEO Middle East shines a spotlight on the women whose contribution to the entities they lead is more than merely an expression of exceptional leadership… Just five per cent of CEOs of leading companies are female, and women in senior management in 2019 totalled 29 percent – the highest number on record, but still not high enough. The women we profile command and influence. They ...

GCC sees women’s rights progress in wake of reforms

Saudi Arabia made the biggest improvement globally. LONDON- With International Women’s Day celebrated on March 8, efforts to improve the lives of women in the Gulf Cooperation Council region is yielding positive results. In February, during the 39th session of the Arab Women’s Committee, which convened under the banner of “Empowering Women… Development of Society,” Riyadh was ...

GCC reforms are changing women’s lives

There are many examples of how the fundamental role of women in boosting economic growth has been recognized by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries — Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. In recent years, the GCC economies implemented ambitious reforms to enhance women’s economic inclusion. They have improved women’s access to education, health ...

Director of NAMA Women Advancement Establishment’s comment on Emirati Women’s Day

The UAE also has the third highest percentage of total female participation in economic activities across the GCC Reem BinKaram, Director of NAMA Women Advancement Establishment, said: “Emirati Women’s Day reflects our wise leadership’s unwavering belief that empowering women has a multiplier effect, helping drive economic growth and development, and benefitting societies and humanity at ...

How UAE became no.1 globally for female ratio in parliament

‘The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan believed in women emancipation’ With 50 per cent of the UAE’s 40-member Federal National Council (FNC) being women, the country has the highest female representation in parliament globally. Women have played a key part in the country’s electoral process since the first FNC elections were held back in 2006. FNC member Sara ...

Gulf International Bank signs partnership with Alnahda

Specifically, in support of their leadership of the Women 20 (W20), one of the official G20 Engagement Groups, focused on closing the global gender gap and women’s empowerment Al Dhahran: Gulf International Bank – Saudi Arabia (GIB KSA) recently announced the signing of a partnership agreement with Alnahda Society in Riyadh (Alnahda) to collaborate on the development of women’s ...

Healthy eating venue Flow to host Emirati Women’s Day online discussion

Ahead of the fifth Emirati Women’s Day on August 28, the popular Flow Talks Series will roll-out a dedicated digital edition to shine the spotlight on four female Emirati visionaries who are successfully breaking glass ceilings by excelling in different fields. The line-up of the upcoming Flow Talks Series – Emirati Women’s Day Edition represents the impact Emirati women have made across ...

Gender equality is critical to UAE’s global competitiveness, economy minister says

Global leaders should focus on gender equality as they seek effective methods to achieve economic growth, the UAE’s minister of economy said. “We believe gender equality is a key part of the UAE’s global competitiveness,” Abdulla bin Touq Al Marri said in opening remarks at the Aurora50 Board Summit on Tuesday. In 2018, the United Nations Human Development Report found the UAE to have the ...

Saudi grand mosques authority appoints 10 women to leadership roles

The move by the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques to appoint 10 women to leadership position aims to support the advancement of women throughout the kingdom, a senior official told The National. Dr Al Anoud Khaled Al Aboud, Deputy President for Women’s Development Affairs at the Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques in Makkah, said the move announced on ...

Kuwait National Assembly approves domestic violence draft law

The passing of the law is a major victory for women’s rights in Kuwait as the majority of domestic violence is gender-based violence. Kuwait City: Kuwait’s National Assembly approved a domestic violence draft law and will send it to the government for formalisation, local media reported. It will take about six months for the government to formalise the law. Once it does, it will come into ...

Wanderlust Oman programmes attract large number of women

Muscat: The “Wanderlust Oman” team is attracting large numbers of women participants to its various programmes inside and outside the Sultanate. These activities have generally witnessed a large turnout in recent years, significantly from the Sultanate and all GCC countries. Zainab bint Saif Al Kiyoumi, founder of the “Wanderlust Oman” team said: “The team introduces ...

GCC reforms are changing women’s lives

There are many examples of how the fundamental role of women in boosting economic growth has been recognized by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries — Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. In recent years, the GCC economies implemented ambitious reforms to enhance women’s economic inclusion. They have improved women’s access to education, health ...

GCC women’s rights facts

Where women stand in Gulf countries — UAE: A woman currently holds a ministerial position in the federal government. Shaikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Minister of Economy and Planning, was appointed in November last year. Many women also hold senior posts in the government. — BAHRAIN: Women can stand as candidates and vote in municipal and parliamentary elections. Six women were appointed to ...

Women making inroads in GCC’s political, fiscal environments

The appointment of Kuwait’s first female finance minister and the reappointment of the first woman to lead the Saudi stock exchange are noteworthy milestones for women attaining high-profile positions in the traditionally male-dominated political and fiscal cultures of the Gulf Cooperation Council. While Mariam al-Aqeel’s tenure as Kuwaiti finance minister was short-lived — she served in ...

Saudis proud of female royal guard

RIYADH: Saudi social media users expressed their pride and joy on Friday when a photo appeared of a female member of the Saudi Royal Guard performing her duty alongside her male colleague at a high-profile government office. In October 2019, the government announced that women can join the military as lance corporals, corporals, sergeants, and staff sergeants in the Royal Saudi Land Forces, Air ...

Women in STEM with Dr. Barbara Liskov

The Diversity and Inclusion Task Force presents Women in STEM, with Dr. Barbara Liskov, Institute Professor at MIT. Widely recognized for her work in programming languages, programming methodology, and distributed systems, Barbara Liskov is an IEEE von Neumann medal, Turing award and IEEE CS Pioneer award winner. We are humbled to have had the opportunity to discuss career growth, overcoming ...

Saudi, Omani artists chosen for UK-GCC digital residency

The residency is a continuation of the 2019 Making Marks program, originally established to facilitate creativity between artists in the UK and Kuwait LONDON: A Saudi artist has been selected as part of a digital residency program for creatives from the UK and Gulf Cooperation Council member countries. Alaa Tarabzouni from Riyadh was chosen alongside Ellie Niblock from Northern Ireland, Rawan ...

Arab nations cannot afford to ignore the rise of women’s football

The 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand is unlikely to see any teams from West Asia The desire to accelerate the progress of women’s football can be seen across grass roots level DUBAI: On Sept. 25, 2005, a football match that few people will remember or even have heard of, took place in Amman, with hosts Jordan comfortably thrashing an overwhelmed Bahrain 9-0. But the result mattered ...

Salafis oppose appointment of women as judges in Kuwait

Abu Dhabi: Days before the expected approval from the Supreme Judicial Council to appoint a number of women as judges marking a historic first step of its kind in Kuwait, the country’s Salafi hardliners are outraged and are opposing the appointment. Kuwaiti Attorney General, Dirar Al Asousi, approved the promotion of eight female prosecutors to the rank of judge, among some 54 chiefs ...

Baravia Beauty Center Aims To Expand Business In The GCC Markets

Baravia Beauty Center announced their plans of expanding in the GCC markets, the brand that is located in Dubai and established by the celebrity fashion designer and society icon Gulnora Mukhedinova, is becoming one of the leaders of the beauty industry in the region. The expansion plans come in a period that sees a fast recovery of businesses after the long lock down caused by the global ...

UAE among leading global contributors to UN Women

A decade after the foundation of UN Women, the UAE has remained a leading financial contributor of the organisation dedicated to gender equality. The UAE ranks first in the Arab world and tenth globally in resource contribution to the international body, which turned 10 on Thursday. On its milestone anniversary, the organisation called on all governments to factor women’s needs into ...

Let’s Talk Race: GCC President Yves Salomon-Fernández on overcoming the ‘-isms’

Editor’s note: This week, the Greenfield Recorder has dedicated a series to sharing the stories of local people of color and their experiences with racism and prejudice. This is the final story in the series. GREENFIELD — As a Black woman and immigrant, Greenfield Community College President Yves Salomon-Fernández said she’s dealt with her fair share of “the -isms.” “Sexism, racism, ...

Emirati author Maitha Al-Khayat introduces GCC culture to children

DUBAI: Emirati mother of five Maitha Al-Khayat credits her children for inspiring her to write and illustrate books featuring local stories and traditions. Back in 2008, when her eldest child was six years old, Maitha, 41, says she struggled to find picture books representing the culture and lives of Emiratis. This frustration led her to write her first book, “I Love My Dad’s Long ...

Austerity in the Gulf states: why it’s alarming for women’s progress

Citizens of Saudi Arabia are having to get used to something that has long been an unpleasant fact of life in most parts of the world. On July 1, the kingdom tripled the VAT levied on consumer goods and services from 5% to 15%. There were reports of frantic stockpiling ahead of the change as consumers put coronavirus fears to one side to buy while prices were low. Besides VAT, the Saudis are ...

Saudi Arabia calls for stronger links between UN Women and GCC

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has called for greater cooperation between UN Women (the UN Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment) and Gulf Cooperation Council countries, in a bid to further implement the UN Women 2018-2021 strategic plan. The Kingdom made the statement at a virtual annual meeting of the UN Women executive board. “The extraordinary circumstances of 2020 posed a challenge to ...

Role of Women in Businesses in the Gulf Rises by 2.2%

A report released on Sunday revealed that the rate of women’s involvement in businesses in the GCC has increased by 2.2 percent during the past two decades. It stressed the importance of engaging women in national workforces, especially at the level of senior leadership, and in an unbiased organizational culture. According to the latest report by NAMA Women Advancement Establishment and The ...

Sarah al-Amiri: The woman leading UAE’s Mars mission

A dream was born when Sarah al-Amiri saw an image of the Andromeda Galaxy at the age of 12. In a region defined by turmoil, she never thought it would lead her country beyond Earth’s stratosphere and toward Mars. Over the past five years, the United Arab Emirates has sought to push the boundaries of science and technology. In 2017, they announced the world’s first Minister of ...

Women in the Middle East will soon hold $1 trillion in wealth

Women in countries across the Middle East are getting wealthier. At the current rate of growth, Boston Consulting Group (BCG) reports that women’s wealth in the region could surpass the $1 trillion mark by 2023. BCG’s figures for the Middle East reflect overall growth in the share of women’s wealth across the globe, as markets and employers continue their journey towards an equitable global ...

‘People are surprised to see us’: first female public bus drivers in the Middle East tell of life on the road

Driving a bus back home in the Philippines was an ordinary job for Marygold Cez, but she is turning heads in Dubai after becoming one of the first female public bus drivers in the region. Ms Cez, 33, was one of three women recently hired by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to drive a public bus. The trio are the first female drivers throughout the Middle East. After spending nearly a week ...

I’m a female journalist in the Middle East. I won’t be silenced by online attacks.

Ghada Oueiss is a principal anchor and presenter for Al Jazeera Arabic. She previously worked for a number of Lebanese newspapers, television channels and radio stations, and has spent more than two decades in broadcast journalism. It was meant to be a special evening for me and my husband. We were celebrating his birthday with a quiet dinner at home last month when I received an urgent message ...

Women in Leadership Project Spring 2020

The students of the Women in Leadership section of Spring 2020 created various multimedia sources on the topics covered in class for their project work.   Group 1: created 2 videos  Video 1: professors speak of challenges they faced in their career as women Video 2: students talk about the female leaders that inspire them the most Group 2: created a video and an infographic Infographic: Video: ...

Saudi female employees resume work in malls amid strict health precautionary measures

RIYADH — Saudi female employees have resumed work since Wednesday in the malls in all regions of the Kingdom. Shoppers, including citizens and expatriates, have begun flocking to the malls to purchase their needs, amid high standard measures set up by owners of these malls to protect shoppers’ health. These steps are in line with the precautionary measures called for by the state to curb the ...

Yemeni women face ‘unprecedented’ pattern of abuse in Houthi areas, activists and experts say

Women in Yemen are facing an “unprecedented” pattern of abuse in Houthi held areas, activists and human rights groups say. The severity of the five-year conflict has increased gender based violence as women and girls become the most vulnerable to exploitation. “This is the worst, darkest age for Yemeni women to be living in,” Rasha Jarhum, Yemeni human-rights defender and founder ...

Recognizing women’s important role in Jordan’s COVID-19 response

Jordan’s quick response to the COVID-19 outbreak has made many Jordanians, including myself, feel safe and proud. The prime minister and his cabinet’s response has been commended globally, as the epicenter in the country has been identified and contained. But at the same time, such accolades have been focused on the males, erasing the important role that Jordanian women have played in the ...

Female-centric ‘Star Wars’ series in works

A new female-centric ‘Star Wars’ television series is being developed for the Disney+ streaming platform, according to Hollywood trade reports. The show from Leslye Headland, co-creator of Netflix drama ‘Russian Doll’, would be Disney’s latest bid to expand the blockbuster sci-fi franchise on the small screen after the runaway success of ‘The Mandalorian’. Deadline Hollywood said ...

How three Middle Eastern women are changing the world through healthcare

Cartier may not be the first company that springs to mind when thinking of business incubators, but that is precisely what the French jewellery house has aimed to be since 2006. Through the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards, it seeks to provide meaningful support to female entrepreneurs in the as-yet male-dominated world of business start-ups. Meet three women of the region changing the world ...

Dr. Monica Gallant

Dr. Monica Gallant is an Associate Professor of Accounting at the SP Jain School of Global Management, based in Dubai. Qualified as a Chartered Accountant from Canada with a Master’s degree in Education Technology and a Doctorate in Education, she began her career at Deloitte as a Senior accountant/auditor and then found her passion for teaching as a community college instructor. Dr. Monica has ...

Domestic violence in Arab region worsens amid COVID-19: UN

Dubai: Domestic violence and social challenges faced by women and girls in the Arab region have worsened after the outbreak of COVID-19, a new policy brief by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) said. “Domestic violence has increased in the world and the Arab region with lockdowns, enforced co-existence due to quarantines, economic stress, perceived and real food ...

Women in Business – A Twinterview

Meet the panel of industry experts… Dr. Chantal Line Carpentier (@chantalline) – Chief of UNCTAD New York (@UNCTAD) Dr. Chantal Line Carpentier is the Chief of UNCTAD since 2014. UNCTAD is a permanent intergovernmental body established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1964, to work towards a fairer and more balanced international economic regime. UNCTAD is the focal point ...

Documentary ‘The Lone She’ screened in UAE

The premiere of documentary film portraying young Arab woman ‘The Lone She’ was held in Abu Dhabi last night to celebrate International Women’s Day. The special UAE premiere screening event of National Geographic Abu Dhabi groundbreaking documentary was held in Abu Dhabi at the Youth Hub to announce the documentary’s TV network premiere across the MENA region. As many as 50 members of the ...

21 different ways to celebrate International Women’s Day 2020 in Dubai, UAE

We’ve come a long way, but we can accomplish so much moreLadies, as you are well aware, it’s International Women’s Day on Sunday March 8. It’s a day dedicated to honoring the achievements of women throughout history who have fought for the rights and privileges we currently have. The international theme for this year’s International Women’s Day 2020 is #EachforEqual, so as tempting as ...

The International Women’s Day 2020: How Dubai Will Celebrate?

The International Women’s Day 2020 will be celebrated across the world on March 8th 2020 and obviously Dubai will not stay behind. Dubai is considered one of the most tolerant places in the world where women have complete liberty to live their lives according to their own cultural, social, and religious norms. This year many events will take place across Dubai to celebrate the spirit of ...

An inspiring sporting week for women is being hosted by Abu Dhabi this year

With International Women’s Day around the corner, the spotlight is on the incredible achievements of women across the world this month, and to lead the empowering movement in the UAE, HH Sheikha Fatima bint Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has announced an exciting new sports event for women. The event aims to celebrate and champion women in sport and will take place across an entire week in November ...

Ghaya Grand Hotel to host exciting activities this March 2020

Dubai: The closest five star luxury hotel and apartment to the Expo 2020 Dubai, Ghaya Grand Hotel to celebrate March’s special observances in unique ways. Starting with the Dubai Food Festival, the hotel is giving away free Friday Brunch for all the kids up to the age of 12. This deal is valid until 13th March 2020. Next, pre-women’s day celebration on 7th March 2020, where there will be a ...

All-female orchestra to kick-start Expo 2020 music studio projects

Expo 2020 Dubai has announced a world class music recording studio that will become a permanent facility as part of its legacy plans in the future city of District 2020 – and the first project to make use of the studio will be Expo 2020’s all-female orchestra. The Firdaus Women’s Orchestra (Firdaus means ‘Paradise’ in Arabic) will be creatively led by renowned Bollywood and Hollywood ...

Women making inroads in GCC’s political, fiscal environments

The appointment of Kuwait’s first female finance minister and the reappointment of the first woman to lead the Saudi stock exchange are noteworthy milestones for women attaining high-profile positions in the traditionally male-dominated political and fiscal cultures of the Gulf Cooperation Council. While Mariam al-Aqeel’s tenure as Kuwaiti finance minister was short-lived — she served in ...

Women’s Forum Middle East to take place in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI, 18th February, 2020 (WAM) — The Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society, the world’s leading platform bringing a gendered perspective to major social and economic issues, has announced that the Women’s Forum Middle East is set to take place on 7th and 8th March 2020, at Louvre Abu Dhabi and Sorbonne Abu Dhabi. The event is held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikha Fatima ...

Bahraini women blaze a trail in business ownership

MANAMA: “Women are celebrated in Bahrain,” said Nada Alawi in response to why the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member state seems to do so well in fostering female entrepreneurs. The former oil and gas executive quit her high-paying job in Houston, Texas, to return to the Middle East and help her family set up an occupational safety and health center. On the side, along with her sister, she ...

UAE taking leadership in advancing women’s empowerment: Ivanka Trump

Ivanka Trump said: “I am delighted to be attending the Global Women’s Forum Dubai to advance women’s economic empowerment around the world and highlight the progress of the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative. This initiative has impacted over 12 million women in its first year, well on its way towards our goal of economically empowering 50 million women by ...

We-Fi Regional Summit seeks to unleash the potential of women entrepreneurs in MENA

Over 250 government representatives, business leaders and women entrepreneurs from the Middle East and North Africa, MENA, region and around the world will converge on Dubai next week at the first We-Fi MENA Regional Summit, to discuss how they can work together to unleash the potential of women-led enterprises. The event will take place on the sidelines of Global Women’s Forum Dubai, GWFD, ...

Dubai to welcome Theresa May, Ivanka Trump and global leaders to women’s summit

Dubai will welcome female leaders, businesswomen and pioneers from across the world next week when it hosts the Global Women’s Forum. Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed, president of the UAE Gender Balance Council, said leaders would share experiences, exchange best practices and look at improving policies to bring about further equality during the two-day event. Among the prominent speakers and ...

100 global leaders to attend Global Women’s Forum Dubai

Dubai: Over 100 leaders and experts from across the world will arrive in Dubai next week for Global Women’s Forum Dubai (GWFD) 2020 to engage in constructive dialogue on the advancement of women. The event, which has been organized by Dubai Women Establishment (DWE), is taking place from 16 – 17 February, under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ...

Saudi Arabia on a fast track to gender equality, study suggests

DUBAI: Rapid reform in Saudi Arabia is opening the door for female “role models and leaders of the future” — and the Kingdom’s women are seizing the opportunity, according to major employers. Saudi women are bringing “passion, energy and enthusiasm” to the workplace in greater numbers than ever, Danielle Atkins, chief marketing and communications officer at Diriyah Gate Development ...

UAE sportswomen continue their winning streak AWST 2020

Sharjah: Sportswomen competing in the Arab Women Sports Tournament (AWST 2020) continued to deliver high-level performances on Tuesday, while emirati athletes claimed gold in archery. On the final day of the archery competitions, the top spots on the Team Olympic round finals were dominated by GCC clubs. The Sharjah Women’s Sports Club archery team consisting of Maha Al Hosani, Amna Al Awadi ...

Game changers at ‘Global Women’s Forum Dubai 2020’

The second edition of the Global Women’s Forum Dubai, the platform for thematic women empowerment discussions and engagements of the Dubai Women’s Establishment (DWE), will be on Feb.16 and 17 at the Madinat Jumeirah. A landmark feature is the “positive narratives” from women achievers. DWE, under the leadership of Sheikha Manal Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the UAE ...

UAE athletes clinch two golds at Arab Women Sports Tournament

Sharjah Women’s Sports athletes claimed two gold medals, one silver and two bronze karate competitions on the first day of the fifth edition of the Arab Women Sports Tournament (AWST), organized by Sharjah Women’s Sports (SWS). The tournament concludes on Feb.12, 2020. The first gold medal was claimed by Hawra Al Ajami from SWS in the Kumite under 50kg category, while Fatima Khaseef clinched ...

UAE’s women champions aiming for gold at AWST 2020

Sharjah: Sportswomen from across the UAE, the host country of the fifth Arab Women’s Sports Tournament (AWST) 2020, are gearing up to compete with athletes from 18 Arab countries in nine sports categories, aiming for a haul of gold medals. Organised by the Sharjah Women’s Sports (SWS), the event runs from February 2 – 12, in Sharjah. The UAE will be represented by 15 teams from seven ...

Emirates Islamic launches women’s empowerment program for UAE nationals

Dubai:Emirates Islamic, one of the leading Islamic financial institutions in the UAE, today reiterated its commitment to Emiratisation with the launch of ‘Kuwati’, an in-house women’s empowerment programme for UAE nationals. This initiative is in line with the National Strategy for Empowerment of Emirati Women that was launched in 2015 by HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of ...

Sharjah all set for fifth edition of Arab Women Sports Tournament

The spotlight is on Sharjah which will transform into a mega-women sporting platform for 78 clubs from 18 Arab countries who will compete in nine sports at the fifth edition of the Arab Women Sports Tournament (AWST), organized by Sharjah Women’s Sports (SWS) between Feb.2–12. AWST 2020 will record the largest participation ever in the history of the event. The UAE tops the list with 15 ...

Unilever And UN Women Join PRovoke MENA Lineup

DUBAI — Unilever MENA Russia & Turkey sustainability director Priya Sarma Mathur and UN Women head of partnerships Hannah Beswick have joined the lineup for the PRovoke MENA Summit, which is returning to Dubai on 5 February 2020. Mathur and Beswick will feature on a panel that explores how brands turn their values into action, at a time when business is being called on to help solve ...

Women in Leadership Project Fall 2019

The students of the Women in Leadership section of Fall 2019 created a podcast on the topics covered in class for their project work. Podcast: https://drive.google.com/drive/u/1/folders/1Nh8XlPnGLHb6BLyF5T9y4sPBmPw1mDxE Proposal:

Global experts inspire at Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Summit 2019

Sharjah: Be the change you want to see in the world, was the message from Philip Harding, CEO and Co-founder IMPACTJUNKIE, an organisation that brings together entrepreneurs and investors to solve global problems through entrepreneurship, on the second day of the Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Summit (WEEGS 2019), being held in Sharjah. During a session titled Kickstart with Impact, ...

MENA Region Have More Women in Senior Positions Than the Global Average

In a major boost to regional women empowerment, a recent survey found that SMEs (small and medium enterprises) in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region have more women in senior positions than the global average. The survey by Dubai-based Beehive, the region’s first regulated peer to peer lending platform, also reported that SMEs were offering young people a great opportunity for ...

Saudi women to be hired in country’s energy sector

Saudi women will soon be hired in the country’s vital energy sector, according to a senior official. According to the Saudi Gazette, Abdul Rahman Abdul Karim, advisor to the Ministry of Energy for corporate affairs and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Saudi Petroleum Services Polytechnic (SPSP) remarked that the board was considering opening up the petroleum services sector for ...

Women set to carve a niche in the GCC’s telecom industry

The future is female – the future of the telecommunications industry in the Middle East, that is. Or is it? One could really come to either conclusion, based on what’s been happening lately in the industry, particularly in the Gulf. It’s common knowledge women have been vastly under-represented in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) careers worldwide, particularly in ICT ...

NPM Group CEO wins ‘Female Leader of the Year’ title in prestigious Middle East Awards

Dr. Karen Remo, the CEO and Co-Founder of NPM, a leading 360-degree media, marketing and communications agency has bagged the distinction at the MEED Awards 2019 held on November 27 at The Ritz Carlton-Dubai International Financial Centre in Dubai, UAE. The award was presented by Sultan Alshaali, Executive Director, Government Accelerators at the UAE Prime Minister’s Office. The ‘Male Leader ...

UAE kids’ app created by five women gets $1 million in seed funding

QiDZ, a one-stop destination for kids-related fun, education and entertainment in the UAE, announced earlier today that the company has raised $1 million (Dh3.67 million) in seed funding. The round was led by several regional and international institutional investors, which included the Oman Technology Fund, 500 Startups, Vision Ventures, Seedstars, Mindshift Capital, Delta Partners Ventures and ...

Gender debate: Why is only 14% of funding going to female-owned start-ups?

According to a recent industry report, only around one in seven investments in new start-ups in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) were in companies founded by women. Why is this, and how can the gender imbalance be addressed? This issue will be the key debate at this year’s Arabian Business Startup Forum, which will take place at the Waldorf Astoria The Palm hotel on Sunday, November ...

Meet Saudi Arabia’s first female racing driver

Saudi Arabian racer Reema Juffali is set to make history in an international racing series on her home soil. Juffali will become her country’s first ever female driver to race on the big stage just 18 months after Saudi Arabia lifted the ban on women’s driving licences. She is currently preparing to feature in the all-electric Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series next weekend. “When I first started ...

Saudi women make history at sixth GCC Women’s Games

In 2018, a royal decree was issued to increase the participation of women in sport. In addition, the number of sports federations increased from 32 to 64, to provide more opportunities for men and women to take part and excel in the sports they enjoy. A number of sports appeal to Saudi women these days, but the journey toward mass participation probably began 15 or 20 years ago with those who ...

UAE bags 20 medals in GCC Women’s Games

The UAE’s women Taekwondo team clinched four medals (one gold, one silver and two bronze) in the GCC Women’s Games, being hosted by Kuwait, raising the UAE tally to 20. Badrya Mohammed snatched the gold medal in the Taekwondo 46kg category. The UAE teams won four gold medals, six silver and 10 bronze medals while competing in five games. UAE athletes won 11 medals in fencing, four in ...

UAE Pro League clubs’ goal is to draw expatriates and women spectators

The Pro League must expand beyond its traditional male Emirati fan base and embrace expatriates, women and families if it wants to draw larger crowds, the league’s chief executive and club officials say. “Historically, our fans have been almost 100 per cent male Emiratis,” Abdullah al Naboodah, the chairman of the Dubai-based Al Ahli club, said. “It’s because we ...

Saudis to allow women to perform Umrah without a male guardian

Dubai: The Deputy Chairman of the National Committee for Hajj and Umrah Abdullah Al Qadi said that the male guardian requirement for women coming to perform Umrah over the age of 18 years will be abolished. He made the announcement while speaking to ‘Ya hala’ show. Al Qadi said this will only be cleared for Umrah visa and not for Hajj. Al Qadi also said that to obtain a Umrah visa now people ...

We can gauge popularity of women’s football. Time to up the prize money

The announcement that viewing figures for the Women’s World Cup hit 1.12 billion is hugely impressive and raises vital questions about how we measure the success of the women’s game versus the men’s. If you put to one side the massive exception of the USA women’s national team generating more income than their male counterparts yet being paid less (which hints at this being more ...

Iran football: Women attend first match in decades

Iranian women have attended a World Cup qualifier in Tehran after being freely allowed to enter a stadium for a men’s match for the first time in decades. Women have effectively been banned from stadiums when men are playing since just after the 1979 Islamic revolution. The change followed the death of a fan who had set herself alight after being arrested for trying to attend a match. But ...

Saudi football stadium welcomes women for first time

Saudi women have attended a football match in Saudi Arabia for the first time, as part of reforms spearheaded by the kingdom’s crown prince. Female football fans wearing scarves and waving flags took their seats at the King Abdullah Sports City stadium in Jeddah for Al-Ahli’s match against Al-Batin in the Saudi Pro League. However, the women had to enter through designated turnstiles for ...

‘Football is forbidden’: how girls in a Lebanon refugee camp kicked back

A secret pitch where girls can play football away from the disapproving gaze of religious leaders and the rise of a top female football referee are among the unlikely success stories emerging from a refugee camp in north Lebanon. Under the aegis of a project to encourage learning through sport, Nahr el-Bared, a camp where thousands of Palestinian and Syrian refugees continue to live hand-to-mouth ...

Michigan Ross launches women’s empowerment scholarship to future-proof the next generation of the GCC’s business leaders

The scholarship was announced today by the University’s Chief Executive Education Officer, Melanie Weaver Barnett, at the Gov HR Summit in Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi, UAE: The Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, ranked a Top 5 global provider of executive development programs by the Financial Times, today opens applications for its women’s empowerment scholarship ...

Role model: Princess Lamia bint Majid AlSaud

Alwaleed Philanthropies’ Secretary General, Princess Lamia bint Majid AlSaud, says now is the time for Saudi Arabia’s women to grab opportunities, adding that old traditions can no longer be used as excuses to remain “lazy” or dependent. Princess Lamia bint Majid AlSaud is frustrated. “What are they? Who are they? Where are the businesswomen, the start-up owners, the ...

Women changing the wealth landscape in the Middle East

The term ‘Middle East’ only gained wide currency last century and no-one quite agrees what it covers.  According to a (Wikipedia) research, it encompasses 17 countries from Cyprus to Yemen via Israel and Turkey. Attempts to generalise can be misleading and embarrassing, write Alex Ruffel, partner, and Kate Caldwell, consultant at law firm Irwin Mitchell. What is clear is that there is a vast ...

Iranian women can now pass on citizenship. Will other MENA countries follow?

Passing citizenship is a right, but some countries treat it as a male-only privilege through the implementation of sexist and outdated nationality laws. A number of countries in the MENA region still don’t allow women who marry foreign men to pass on citizenship to their children. They can’t pass it to their spouse either. This week, after years of activism, Iran’s Guardian ...

Rana Nawas

Rana Nawas is a corporate veteran turned speaker, writer, and podcaster on a mission to help women win. She does this through keynotes, advisory, workshops, and her podcast, When Women Win, a show where female role models from all walks of life share their inspirational stories and practical tools for personal and professional success. Rana is also the chapter President of Ellevate, a global ...

NBB drive to promote female empowerment

National Bank of Bahrain (NBB) is spearheading a programme to support the accession of current and developing female executives into leadership roles. Titled the Director Development Programme for Women, this initiative was conceived by NBB and is being executed in partnership with Tamkeen, the GCC Board Directors Institute (BDI) and EMIC training, in a combined effort to further promote female ...

Wearing Abaya not compulsory in KSA

Wearing a black Abaya or a black headcover is not specified in religion and the decision is purely internal, Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia said. In a recent interview with a TV channel, the Crown Prince said: “The Islamic laws are very clear and it is stipulated in shares. The women have to wear decent respectable clothing like men but the religion does not ...

Strong growth for women-led startups in the GCC

Dubai is known for the superlatives – it hosts the world’s tallest building (the Burj Khalifa), the world’s busiest airport for international passenger traffic and has the world’s most visited mall (Dubai Mall). Now it can add another feather to its rather full cap – having the world’s biggest vegan restaurant. Located in City Walk not far from the Burj Khalifa, Veganity features 200 ...

Damas unveils its strategic women empowerment drive

Damas jewellery, the leading luxury brand and retailer in the GCC, born in 1907, revealed the “City of Gold” marketing campaign, lighting up the Burj Khalifa with a breath-taking 3-minute Arabian Sea and treasure themed underwater extravaganza. The spectacular event was hosted by Damas Chairman, Hamdi Chatti and CEO Asil Attar, attended by government officials, media representatives, industry ...

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Women account for 60% of Dubai social media business licences – new data

The future of social media businesses in Dubai is female, if new statistics are anything to go by. New data from Dubai’s Department of Economic Development (DED) shows that 3,333 licences have been issued to trade goods on social media since 2017. Of those, 60 per cent of the licences – or about 2,000 – have been issued to women. UAE nationals also accounted for 2,420 of the total licences, ...

Aster’s Alisha Moopen receives Gold Card

In accordance with the UAE government’s recent announcement to grant leading entrepreneurs, investors and business professionals with the long-term visa, Alisha Moopen, newly elected Deputy Managing Director of the Aster DM Healthcare Group, has now been awarded the 10-year long term Gold Card visa. It comes as an acknowledgement of her efforts to shape the healthcare service sector in UAE ...

UAE women knit world’s largest blanket, eye world record

Dubai: The knitting community of UAE is all set to establish a Guinness Book of World Record for creating the world’s largest blanket with the largest number of heart icons.Over 3,200 blankets measuring a minimum of 1-metre by 1-metre, knitted by 500 women belonging to 27 nationalities, will be tacked together at an event this weekend to create a 3,150 square metre blanket with 5,279 hearts.The ...

Emirati women designers start Azyame programme

Sharjah: The third edition of Azyame recently launched with the aim of supporting the next generation of Emirati women fashion designers.The fashion entrepreneurship programme’s latest round includes 10 participants, such as Maitha Hamdan, founder of Decencia for ‘modest travel wear’ and Aysha Salem, who will be launching her label by the end of the programme.Azyame is organised by Irthi ...

Girl gaming world finals to be held in Dubai

Dubai: The world finals of the Girl Gamer Esports Festival will be held in Dubai at Meydan One from December 12-14, it was announced on Tuesday. The event, to be held in Dubai for the next two years at least, is the culmination of a global year-long six-stage series, with the view to increase stages to nine events next year. Nine teams comprising of five players each totaling 45 participants, who ...

160 women have filed FNC candidacy so far

Abu Dhabi: A total of 457 hopefuls, including 297 men and 160 women, have filed their candidacy applications for the upcoming FNC elections across the emirates so far, according to the National Election Committee. Candidates’ registration will end on Thursday and the preliminary list of candidates will be announced on August 25, according to the National Election Committee. The committee will ...

Sajaya Young Ladies of Sharjah honours successful Kilimanjaro Summiteers

Sharjah: Sajaya Young Ladies of Sharjah (SYL) has hosted an honouring ceremony for its eight members (all under the age of 18) who successfully climbed Africa’s highest mountain after a continuous seven-day trek last month, recording a milestone achievement for themselves and for Sajaya. The ceremony was held at Sajaya headquarters in the presence of Sheikha Aisha Khalid Al Qasimi, Director of ...

Asma Abdalla: Sudan’s first woman foreign minister

Khartoum: Asma Mohamed Abdalla, a seasoned diplomat who was sacked decades ago by now ousted leader Omar al-Al Bashir, has become Sudan’s first female foreign minister as the country transitions to civilian rule. On Monday, Abdalla met in Khartoum with her visiting Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry. Born in 1946, Abdalla was sworn in on Sunday as a member of the country’s new 18-member ...

Sharjah Women’s Sports Launches ‘Sports Future Pioneers’ Diploma

Sharjah:The Sharjah Women’s Sports (SWS) has announced the launch of the ‘Sports Future Pioneers’, a first-of-its-kind diploma in the region. The initiative which seeks to develop the leadership skills of sportswomen to empower their participation in developing and shaping the local sports sector, aligns with the directives of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife ...

Shell UAE celebrates accomplishments of Emirati women

Shell UAE hosted an event to mark the occasion of Emirati Women’s Day and highlight the vital role that the country’s women play in leadership and empowerment. To celebrate, Shell invited three Emirati women to speak about their accomplishments and experiences, as well as offer advice in terms of work-life balance and personal growth. The three speakers included Her Excellency Maytha Al ...

ICBA welcomes Emirati woman social scientist as deputy director general

Dubai, UAE: – Dr. Tarifa Al Zaabi, an Emirati woman social scientist, has been appointed Deputy Director General of the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA). Having officially joined the center on 25 August 2019, Dr. Al Zaabi brings to the position 20 years of executive and leadership experience in higher education institutions. She was previously Director of Dubai Women’s ...

QNRF ‘Women in Science’ Fellow Explores Sustainable Water Treatment Method

Doha, Qatar: Dr. Deema Al-Masri, a research associate at Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI), part of Hamad Bin Khalifa University – a member of Qatar Foundation (QF) – has made significant advancements in developing a sustainable mechanism for wastewater treatment and reuse, as part of her work at the research institute’s Water Center. Dr. Al-Masri was a recipient ...

Women teaching boys in Saudi public schools for first time

Women are teaching boys in state-run schools in Saudi Arabia for the first time. Saudi Arabia’s ministry of education has announced that women will be able to teach young boys across 1,460 government schools in the kingdom. The announcement came as Saudi Arabia began a new school term on September 1. Female and male students will remain separated in public primary schools. However, women are ...

Saudi Arabia decrees sweeping changes to women’s rights

Women in Saudi Arabia will no longer need the permission of male guardians to travel or obtain a passport after decrees were signed by King Salman. Cabinet decrees published by the official Saudi gazette on Friday stipulate the right of every Saudi citizen over the age of 21 to obtain a passport and limits the need for a guardian’s approval to minors only. The former system required women to ...

Women account for 60% of workers at Expo 2020 Dubai

DUBAI- Emirati women account for 60 percent of workers at the Expo 2020 Dubai, reflecting the UAE’s vision of women’s empowerment. The expo provides an attractive working environment for innovative Emirati women, empowering them and enabling them to benefit from their creativity, reflecting the slogan, “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.” Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister ...

First group of Saudi women enroll for criminal law diploma

RIYADH: Around 50 Saudi women have been chosen to enroll in a one-year diploma in criminal law. “They’ll be trained in many subjects, visit different branches of public prosecution offices and will be working with them, including with forensic medicine,” said Saudi Arabia’s Attorney General Sheikh Saud Al-Mujib. Most of the women have a legal background in Shariah and law. Al-Mujib ...

Emirati Women’s Day: How UAE empowers women with education

Abu Dhabi: One is a leading doctor in Abu Dhabi, who also boasts three additional Master’s degrees, while another plans to take the world of engineering by storm after completing her university education. Dr Ayesha Al Memari and Fatima Al Kaabi also have two Abu Dhabi Awards between them, and are convinced that none of these achievements would have been possible had they not been Emirati women. ...

Saudi women outshine men in exciting adventure games

TAIF — The “Action Mania” park, which is one of the highlights of the ongoing Taif Season, is attracting a large number of Saudi girls to adventure and action games as it allows both sexes to exercise their passion in an unprecedented interactive atmosphere in the Village of Ward, the venue of the event, at Al-Radaf Park. Ryan Shaqroun, CEO of Saudi Entertainment Summit, owner of “Action ...

Building future primary teachers’ capacity in STEM: based on a platform of beliefs, understandings and intentions

Background STEM education needs to begin in primary schools and should aim to prepare young people for active participation in their future. To produce a generation interested and skilled in STEM, the key foci within schools may best occur through teams of teachers working together in an integrated approach, based on cross-curricular teaching and learning. Teachers play a key role in STEM ...

Perceived supports and evidence-based teaching in college STEM

Background Evidence-based teaching, such as active learning, is associated with increases in student learning and engagement. Although many faculty are beginning to adopt innovative practices, traditional lecture-based teaching tends to dominate college science education. What are the factors associated with faculty’s decision to incorporate evidence-based teaching? While there are ...

A method for analyzing instructors’ purposeful modifications to research-based instructional strategies

Background Numerous studies in the literature describe the effectiveness of research-based instructional strategies (RBIS) in the postsecondary STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) context. Many of these studies are predicated on the assumption that instructors implement the RBIS exactly as is intended by the developers. However, by necessity, instructors modify the RBIS to ...

How women in MENA are taking on the status quo – and winning

People all across the MENA region take pride in their culture and the values they have inherited from older generations. Perhaps the most defining characteristic of Arab society is the close-knit family ties that shape every aspect of people’s lives – these have fostered a society that is extremely community-oriented. But for women in MENA, this dynamic is much more complex. Being part of a ...

Women lead to reduce the impact of HIV and gender-based violence in the Middle East and North Africa

According to the World Health Organization, about one third of women worldwide have experienced violence. In some regions, women who have experienced physical or sexual intimate partner violence are 1.5 times more likely to acquire HIV than women who have not experienced such violence. Among marginalized populations, such as sex workers or transgender women, a high prevalence of violence is ...

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The key to sustainable growth in MENA? Getting more women into work

As organisations work to harness and develop their people’s skills in order to prepare for the future, no investment is more crucial for our region than supporting women throughout their careers and driving gender diversity within the workforce. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) says the Middle East and North Africa are collectively losing an estimated $575 ...

Dr. Anke Lipinsky

Dr. Anke Lipinsky is a senior researcher at GESIS-Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Team: Center of Excellence Women and Science CEWS. Dr. Anke is a cultural anthropologist by training. Her research focuses on evaluation and analysis of policy styles in the field of gender equality and research, including organizational policies, nation states and the EU. She has extensive expertise in ...

Arab women seeking larger role in delivering Middle East’s aviation aspirations

The WIA Middle East General Assembly during Airport Show Speakers from GCAA, Boeing, Air BP, Safran and Honeywell Press Release Prince Fahd bin Mishaal Al-Saud, Chairman of GCC Aviation Authority and Sheikha Al Maskari, Chief Innovation Officer, UAE Space Agency, among speakers ICAO data shows only 5.18% of pilots are female Dubai: As commercial aviation witnesses a phenomenal boom across the ...

Reaping The Rewards: The MENA Region’s Female Entrepreneurs

“When we talk about women in business in the Middle East, particularly in Dubai, I always feel being a woman is more advantageous than disadvantageous.” Those are the words of Sara Mohammadi, the founder of Tehran-based Eventbox, and they convey the majority perspective of the female entrepreneurs with whom I spoke through the course of the STEP Conference in Dubai in 2016. These 12 women ...

Meet Saudi Arabia’s first woman sports commentator

Al Farraj will comment on the first football tournament for women. Manama: Haila Al Farraj is set make history on Friday by becoming the first woman in Saudi Arabia to comment on a football match. The matches will be part of the first football tournament for women to be hosted by Saudi Arabia and that will bring together 16 teams from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the UAE at the Sports ...

First football tournament for GCC women next month

Sixteen teams from five GCC countries to compete in Saudi Arabia for cup. Manama: The first Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) football tournament for women will be hosted by Saudi Arabia next month. Organisers said that 16 teams from Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the UAE would take part in the tournament on March 1-6 at the Sports City in Khobar. The unprecedented event will be under the ...

ThinkTank

ThinkTank Organizers Linzi J. Kemp (American University of Sharjah) Savita Kumra (American University of Sharjah) ThinkTank Leaders Charlotte Karam (American University of Beirut) Fida Afiouni (American University of Beirut) Susan Madsen (Utah Valley University) Susan Vinnicombe (Cranfield University) ThinkTank Leader Susan Madsen (Utah Valley University) says: “I am thrilled to be one ...

UAE marks IWD with pomp, flair and a strong message

I’m every woman, it’s all in me… As this classic Whitney Houston 1993 track rings in another International Women’s Day 2019, every woman in the UAE will be exchanging and celebrating the spirit of being ‘A Woman’. Women in the UAE are strong and tough, don many hats displaying the fierce ability to fight, resilient take on every challenge raising the bar of ...

Emirati women hailed for contributions to UAE’s success

This year will be significant in the advancement of women empowerment in the UAE. Women have been hailed as inspirers of generations and partners in the UAE’s path to success, by the country’s rulers. On the eve of International Women’s Day, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, took to Twitter to say that on the occasion, “we celebrate mothers, ...

UAE’s Emirates Airline pays tribute to all women in its workforce on occasion of International Women’s Day

Company vows to continue helping women further their skillsets, career growth Dubai: Emirates Airline is paying tribute to all the women in its workforce, as advocates for gender equality across the globe are set to celebrate International Women’s Day this weekend. In a video released on Thursday, the UAE-based carrier highlighted the diversity of its female staff by showing women ...

Meet UAE’s first woman examiner for motorcycle driving tests

On International Womens’ Day, Maryam Al Mazmi says why she chose to storm a male bastion. Maryam AlMazmi, UAE’s first female motorcyclist examiner who works with RTA Source: https://bit.ly/2VJtLGq  

Aline Ashkarian

Aline Ashkarian is the Country General Manager of Patchi UAE. With over 20 years of experience in marketing and business development in different industries between Lebanon and UAE, Aline has a proven record of improving the performance of businesses. Furthermore, Aline has been recognized for achieving numerous positive impacts on business efficiency and productivity. At Patchi, Aline leads a ...

The St. Regis Abu Dhabi recognises its female leaders

The St Regis Abu Dhabi, an iconic hotel in the UAE capital, is marking the celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8) by honouring some of its most inspiring female leaders. Moustafa Sakr, general manager, said: “As with most Middle East Hotels, a quarter of our staff are female, and at the St Regis Abu Dhabi we are a diverse group of people working together and proud of our talented ...

Exclusive interview: UAE business leader Raja Al Gurg

Raja Easa Al Gurg is one of those Dubai business figures that needs no introduction. Having started her career as a schoolteacher, she now leads family business Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group as managing director with a CV that would make most global executives envious. Her other positions include president of Dubai Business Women Council, vice chairperson of the Dubai Healthcare City Authority and ...

Fida Afiouni

Fida Afiouni is an Associate Professor of Human Resource Management at the Olayan School of Business, American University of Beirut, Lebanon. She obtained her Ph.D. in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations from Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University and was the recipient of the Sharjah award for the best doctoral thesis in administrative sciences in the Arab world for the year 2005. ...

UAE leads world in women’s empowerment: Amal Al Qubaisi

Dr. Amal Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Speaker of the Federal National Council, FNC, stated that women in the UAE will participate in this year’s “International Women’s Day” by celebrating their overall achievements, since the establishment of the federation. She also pointed out that the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to raise the percentage of ...

Isobel Abulhoul

Company: Emirates Airline Festival of Literature; Emirates Literature Foundation Designation: Director; CEO Country: UK Among the most recognised expats in the UAE, Isobel Abulhoul began her career in Dubai as a primary school teacher, before founding Al Ittihad School with her husband. She later went on to launch Magrudy’s, one of Dubai’s biggest bookstore chains, before setting up the ...

Professor Kathrin Zippel

Kathrin Zippel is Professor of Sociology at Northeastern University in Boston. She has published on gender politics in the (academic) workplace, public and social policy, social movements, welfare states, and globalization in the United States and Europe. Her book The Politics of Sexual Harassment in the United States, the European Union and Germany (Cambridge University Press) won several ...

50% of UAE’s FNC members to be women

The step reflects the country’s future approach aimed at achieving “full empowerment” of Emirati women. Women will occupy 50 per cent seats of the UAE’s Federal National Council (FNC) in next year’s elections. The President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has directed the authorities concerned to double women representation in the FNC from the ...

Dubai telco du launches Women’s Council to cut gender gap

Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company says the launch is part of its commitment to empowering women. Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), better known as du, has launched the UAE telco sector’s first Women’s Council. The company said the launch is part of its commitment to empowering women and emphasising the pivotal role women have in both society and different ...

More women are taking up STEM opportunities in UAE

Issue of STEM subjects as being primarily male preferences is no longer the truth in UAE. Mariam Al Harmoodi, 20, Emirati, computer engineer student, New York University Abu Dhabi. “My mother was a chemist and she later moved on to managerial positions and so that showed me that STEM was a good foundation for moving into different fields and becoming successful. I think for a lot of females, ...

Infidel

In this book tour, I am experiencing what it is to be a parrot. I tell the same story again and again. Those who interview me on the radio, in print, and on television ask me to tell them about my life in Africa and Islam, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, and civil war. That is all in the book. But I think it is important to tell you how I got involved in this, how I became famous, and ...

Women’s careers in the Arab Middle East: Understanding institutional constraints to the boundaryless career view

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine how women academics from the Arab Middle East enact their careers with reference to double-bounded contexts: academia as an institution encoding organizational career scripts and gender as another institution encoding specific gender roles. It is hoped that this cross-cultural perspective would broaden the understanding of careers beyond the ...

Raja Al Gurg: in life and business UAE women can have it all

In a large room on the 16th floor of the Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group head offices in Dubai, where I am meeting managing director Raja Al Gurg to discuss her autobiography, there are a number of photographs in silver frames perched on shelves and tables. In one of them, Al Gurg leans in to hear what German Chancellor Angela Merkel is saying. In another, Al Gurg and Prince Harry share a private joke ...

Why UAE women are a role model for the world

Kathmandu: In an emphatic testimony to the empowerment of women in the UAE, a top official of the Government wowed an international audience with her insightful address in Kathmandu on Monday afternoon. Shama Al Daheri, director of the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments, was speaking at a global conference on the role of women for inclusive development, organised by the Abu ...

Women Leaders: It’s Time to Choose

Busy leaning in? Don’t forget to think about what you are leaning in to, why you are doing it, and who you are going to be along the way. “Women have choices. We can lead with intention, we can ask, we can decide,” says CCL’s Laura Santana. “Too often, we default to the status quo.” Making intentional choices about our careers is important for everyone. For women, it includes ...

Dubai SME, Womena to empower Emirati women

Dubai SME, the agency of Dubai Economy mandated to develop the small and medium enterprise (SME) sector, and Womena have jointly launched the ‘Future Founders and Future Funders Programme,’ aimed to draw on venture capital (VC) as an enabler of entrepreneurship among Emirati women. Saeed Matar Al Marri, Deputy CEO of Dubai SME, said: “Entrepreneurship has a crucial role in women ...

Jeehan Abdul Qadir

Company: American Academy of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Hospital Designation: Founder and executive chairperson Country: UAE An active speaker in spreading health awareness in the Middle East, Dr Jeehan Abdul Qadir has been highlighting the correlation between a country’s investment in its healthcare and its economic growth. She was one of the first doctors in the ...

Local Press: UAE Shows Best Way To Women’s Empowerment

Women remain a key pillar of social development in the UAE and have been marching ahead with total confidence in all sectors. The leadership leaves no stone unturned in ensuring that opportunities for education, training and employment are open to all without any bias on the basis of gender, an editorial in a local English language daily has said. ABU DHABI, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News / WAM ...

UAE’s Amna Al Qubaisi in contention to be part of new all-women’s W Series

The UAE’s Amna Al Qubaisi is among 55 women in contention to compete in an all-female motor racing series in 2019. The W Series, which is set to launch in May with drivers racing 1.8 litre Formula Three cars for a US $1.5 million (Dh5.5m) prize fund, had more then 100 applications to be involved. That has now been almost halved to a shortlist of 55 and the 18 year old is among those on the ...

UAE women’s march positive and highly fruitful

SHARJAH: In a world where Arab women are seen as conservative and home-oriented, there is a reality that is often overlooked. Arab women are progressively grasping positions of power in the domains of culture, politics, business, and science. It is not uncommon to notice the accelerating number of female graduates of the Middle East, let alone in the United Arab Emirates. It is something to take ...

The Secrets Of Leadership Presence For Every Woman Leader

By: Ellen Keithline Byrne, Karen Kirchner, and Denise D’Agostino You know that woman who walks into the room, delivers a message and everyone’s eyes are glued to her, listening to every word? She stands tall, even if she’s 5’ in height. She commands attention and respect when she speaks, not because of the volume of her voice, but the confidence and energy behind it. This woman has ...

Emirati women across the country stand proud on Women’s Day

Emirati women across the country stand proud on Women’s Day Dubai: Ever since the founding of the country, Emirati women have played an instrumental role in driving the growth of the UAE and ushering it into a new era of progress and development. With the constant empowerment they receive every day, Emirati women are making major contributions in society, proving themselves in various positions ...

How to raise kids who embrace gender equality, like Olivia Wilde is

Olivia Wilde isn’t kidding about equality. The actress and mother of two penned an empowering essay for NBC News this week about how she’s committed to raising her son and daughter to believe that gender equality is universal, not controversial. “As a parent, I’m trying very hard to reject traditional messaging of gender roles,” she wrote. “If my son equates his dad’s strength ...

Emirati woman wins Mother Teresa Award for Social Justice

Abu Dhabi: Nashwa Al Ruwaini, an Emirati entrepreneur, was awarded the Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice 2018. Al Ruwaini was granted the award this week in Mumbai, India at a ceremony organised by the Harmony Foundation following a conference held under the theme ‘Protect Her Empower Her.’ The first Emirati woman to win this accolade, Al Ruwaini received the award from the ...

Emirati women are flying high in the aviation industry

The sky is the limit for young Emirati women setting their sights on high-flying careers in the aviation industry. Women wearing industrial goggles and gloves while constructing aeroplanes were given a glimpse into a future that is well within their grasp at the Mohamed bin Zayed Majilis for Future Generations event. The hopefuls were taking part in a workshop hosted by Strata, an Al Ain-based ...

Monica Kubik

Horse Assisted Educator based on the HorseDream concept. I offer self-development and corporate training’s with horses in UAE. Teams and companies can book a one day seminar to learn more about themselves, about their leadership qualities, and about the things that really matter for their work or personal life! One of the biggest Challenges Faced as a Woman That I have very high ...

UAE aims to take gender equality to next level

Youth award ambassador speaks of women’s empowerment in the UAE Abu Dhabi: As the UAE makes strides in women’s empowerment, opportunities for Emirati women are exponentially rising, with the newer fields of artificial intelligence, robotics, space and other futuristic areas awaiting their skill sets and participation, said Noora Nasser Al Kerbi, ambassador of Shaikha Fatima Bint Mubarak ...

UAE partners with UN to encourage more women to join military

The UAE has partnered with the United Nations to encourage more Arab women to sign up to the military and join peacekeeping operations abroad. Officials from the Ministry of Defence signed the agreement along with the General Women’s Union on Saturday, with the programme set to begin next year. Under the scheme, women from the Arab region will be given three months basic military training ...

Muna Al Hashemi, CEO Of Batelco Bahrain, Is Trying To Keep Telecom One Step Ahead Of Competition

In her free time Muna Al Hashemi likes to play chess. It’s the perfect hobby for someone who is always trying to outmaneuver the competition. Not incidentally, that’s one of Al Hashemi’s primary objectives as CEO of Batelco Bahrain. She’s in charge of domestic operations for the telecom’s parent company, Batelco Group, at a time when the telecommunications industry in Bahrain is being ...

Emirati women weave ties with Indian counterparts

ILA president Annu Chouraria noted the UAE aims to preserve a cohesive society. As part of the Year of Zayed, womenfolk from both the UAE and India – nations which share age-old economic, cultural and political ties – have tuned to deepen their bond of love and friendship. Al Ghadeer UAE Crafts and Indian Ladies Association (ILA) held a cultural exchange event titled ‘Your ...

Women not second-class citizens in UAE

The UAE is trying to change the stereotyping of women – that a woman in the Arab or Muslim world is a second-class citizen. In a world that assumes Arab and Muslim nations demean women and give them little-to-no authority, the UAE has made it a major mission to prove them wrong and turn such a mind-set around, a cabinet official told a 2500-strong crowd of Emirati students and military ...

Women in Leadership

Women in leadership roles in business continue to be a topic of much discussion around the boardrooms and water coolers of companies large and small. Smart companies know that women leaders bring a lot to the table. Yet a study conducted by UC Davis in 2011 reveals that women occupy only 9.7% of the board seats and top executive positions in California companies. What’s wrong with this picture? ...

Deborah Webster

I am the founder & chief catalyst of AMANI CIRCLE – building business that are purposeful and profitable. One of the Biggest Challenges Faced as a Woman False narratives creating limiting beliefs | Dare I say it…. women Biggest Inspiration in Life People such as my parents, Maria (the wife of a village elder in Kenya), unsung heroes and nature (diving, seeing a giant manta ray, ...

Kirsten Sadler Edepli

I am the vice provost for faculty development and diversity/associate professor of biology. I managed to be a dedicated biologist, scientist and mother of 4 beautiful kids. she is an inspiration and a proof that you can do anything if you set your mind to it and work hard for. One of the biggest Challenges Faced as a Woman Being taken seriously Biggest Inspiration in Life People who fearlessly ...

Two Emirati women among homeland security graduates

133 students pass out of Rabdan Academy to take up jobs in policing, intelligence Abu Dhabi: The first batch of 133 students have graduated from Rabdan Academy of Abu Dhabi to take up jobs in policing, intelligence, criminal investigations, natural and man-made disasters and homeland security sectors. The students received their certificates at a graduation ceremony at Emirates Palace hotel on ...

This Female Tech Entrepreneur Is Inspired By Forging a Path for the Next Generation of Women Leaders

Arkadium CEO and co-founder Jessica Rovello says creating a support system of peers helps her through tough moments. Editor’s Note: Inspire Me is a series in which entrepreneurs and leaders share what motivates them through good times and bad, while also sharing stories of how they overcame challenges in hopes of inspiring others. Jessica Rovello says she often finds the loneliness of running a ...

How Sheikha Hoor Al Qasimi brought new life to Sharjah’s arts scene

The Africa Institute 101 Housed on the same site as the original Africa Hall, which first hosted an Arab-African Symposium in 1976, the newly renovated building will be home to a think tank and postgraduate studies hub (it will offer master’s and PhD programmes). The centre will focus on both the historical and contemporary links between Africa and the Gulf, and will serve as a meeting place ...

Leaders UAE 2018 Preview: Greater gender equality called for

What are the main challenges facing the construction industry in 2018? The public increasingly expects the construction industry to meet global standards in sustainability. As an industry with a relatively large environmental footprint, the construction industry needs to be innovative and creative in generating solutions that minimise waste and reliance on fossil energy sources. The industry also ...

Ajman Businesswomen Council, Family Organisation hold forum

AJMAN: The Ajman Businesswomen Council (AJBWC), under the patronage of Ajman Chamber and in collaboration with the Arab Family Organisation, organised the Emirati Women’s Day Forum under the slogan “Emirati Women on Zayed’s Approach” The Forum was attended by Dr Amna Khalifa Al Ali, Chairperson of the AJBWC and Board Member of Ajman Chamber, Salem Al Suwaidi, Director General of Ajman ...

Emirati women at the forefront of egoless leadership

My colleagues and I had the privilege and pleasure to work with the team at the UAE Prime Minister’s Office on developing and executing Government Accelerators in 2016 and 2017. This was a first-of-its-kind programme in the world. We conducted an intensive training programme for about a year to develop a cadre of accelerator coaches. Their role was to help public sector leaders ...

UAE leaders pay rich tributes to women

On the occasion of Emirati Women’s Day. UAE leaders have paid rich tributes to women as the country’s ministries, government departments and private companies rolled out a string of activities for the Emirati Women’s Day. Taking to Twitter on Tuesday, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said ...

Zayed encouraged women’s education and empowerment

Emirati woman enthusiastically rushed to the campus, bypassing the security guards. With her hand on her granddaughter’s shoulder, she guided the young woman on the opening day of the college, saying she wanted her granddaughter to benefit from the new opportunity, the then director of Madinat Zayed Colleges, Dr Philip Quirke told Gulf News. The elderly woman, who was unable to educate ...

Women’s Leadership: A Case Study From Cambodia

In a rural commune situated along the Mekong river in Kratie province, a group of women with a strong motivation to work for other women`s emancipation come together and decided to engage in activities that could inspire women and offer them new roles and opportunities. They established a network of women volunteers and with the support of a NGO they started small projects to encourage women’s ...

Empowering women through sports

Dubai: In May 2015, the UAE Government adopted a decision to establish the UAE Gender Balance Council to ensure that Emirati women continue to play a leading role in the development of the nation. The Council was charged to oversee the implementation of best practices and processes to ensure federal institutions achieve their gender balance targets, which will support the UAE’s vision to become ...

Henadi Anwar Al-Saleh

Henadi Anwar Al-Saleh is the Chair of the board in at Agility. She oversees the company’s corporate governance program while safeguarding the interests of investors and stakeholders. Al-Saleh joined Agility in 2007 with a track record of global executive experience, including leadership roles in financial planning and investor relations. Before joining Agility, Al-Saleh was formerly the head of ...

How Rosa Parks became the Mother of the Civil Rights Movement

t’s amazing to think that just one simple act of courage can alter the shape of society and change the course of the world. But that’s exactly what happened on December 1, 1955, when an American seamstress refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus for a white passenger who was standing in the aisle. This act of defiance by Rosa Parks (1913-2005) helped to drive the civil rights movement ...

UAE women students complete multiculturalism programme in Scotland

Dubai: A group of female university students representing the UAE recently completed a multiculturalism and leadership skills programme in Scotland organised by Al Maktoum College of Higher Education. The Hamdan Bin Mohammad Smart University (HBMSU) students were among 72 female students from 17 universities, colleges and institutions who participated in the Academic Training Programme organised ...

UAE private sector working hard to get more women into leadership roles

When Maya Khelladi first joined CaixaBank, there were three women in managerial positions. Now they hold half of the bank’s senior posts. “We have a new head of department who is a woman. And she also pushed for it. It was not a specific goal, but she said as long as it’s doable, let’s go there,” says Ms Khelladi, the manager of CaixaBank’s UAE office, who joined the bank in 2009. ...

Women ready for top jobs in SCTH, says Saudi Arabia’s first female tour guide

Saudi Arabia’s first female tour guide, Maryam Al-Harbi, who was named as the best tour guide for 2017 by SCTH By Mohammed Al Kinani, Arab News JEDDAH – A prominent female tour guide has called on the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) to grant women leadership positions as they are now “qualified to shoulder high-profile jobs” within SCTH. Saudi Arabia’s ...

Men must pass the baton to achieve gender parity, female leaders say

Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante speaks during a news conference in Montreal on April 26, 2018. Women make up fewer than a fifth of Canadian mayors, and a group of female leaders say men in power need to pass the baton if such inequities are to change. Sevaun Palvetzian, CEO of Toronto’s non-partisan CivicAction alliance, told a Federation of Canadian Municipalities conference that the World ...

A new, data-based checklist to help boost women in science leadership

Gender equity in academic science may seem like a pipe dream, with the percentage of scientific leadership positions held by women in institutions a mere 5-20% However, new data from science societies – the professional associations that bring researchers of a particular speciality together – tell a different story. Published today, research from my colleagues and I shows that globally, ...

More Women in Leadership Roles — Why and How It Should Happen

The call for gender diversity is about being inclusive and profitable. Following these strategies could lead to success on both fronts. When people call for more women in the workplace, it may sound as though they’re just trying to meet a quota. Gender diversity, though, could be the key to any company’s success. Diversifying a variety of top positions, specifically executive roles, ...

DWE concludes second edition of Innovative Leaders Programme

Dubai Women Establishment (DWE) has successfully concluded the second edition of its Innovative Leaders Programme, hosted in collaboration with the distinguished Ashridge-Hult International Business School in the United Kingdom. The programme was launched in 2017 under the patronage of Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of DWE and wife of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin ...

Mohammad issues new decree on Dubai Women Establishment

A new decree has been issued to establish the Board of Directors of Dubai Women Establishment (DWE). His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai issued Decree No. 7 of 2018. Shaikha Manal Bint Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the UAE Gender Balance Council, and wife of Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE ...

Priti Malik

Priti was born and raised in NYC to Indian-born parents. Growing up it was a balanced mix of Bollywood films and the Backstreet Boys. She originally wanted to be a lawyer. But one fine day when she was in high school, Priti decided to pay a visit to the MTV studios to watch a taping of Total Request Live. While watching VJ Hilarie Burton do a few links she realized this was definitely more her ...

Women on Boards: Beyond Gender to Leadership

By John Gerzema Last week, Catalyst released its yearly rundown of women in the Fortune 500. And it’s more of the same: The percentage of women directors in the Fortune 500 has hovered consistently between 16% and 17% since 2011, despite the lively cultural debate about the importance of women in leadership positions. Similarly, at the sixth Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF), ...

Space Agency women’s team reach for the stars ahead of Dubai’s Gov Games, and beyond

‘By the end of this year, they will announce four astronauts and I am sure one them will be a woman, and that will be me,” said one team member – the women are also hoping to be selected for the UAE astronaut programme’ Many had climbed mountains before, participated in obstacle races, and received awards – but it wasn’t until they started training for the Gov Games that ...

Female Leaders and Women ‘s Empowerment; 3 Case Studies

Abstract  The issue of women’s empowerment and gender equality is a global issue and one that, in many parts of the world, is in dire need of attention. It is for this reason I have decided to examine whether women in positions of power facilitate the enactment of gender-oriented measures or whether they continue to focus on the traditional national security interests, or interests of ...

Women leadership program launched in Dayton area

A new program in the Dayton area is designed to empower the next generation of women in executive leadership. The Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce is working with Aileron to launch a new program called Empower to help women in management grow their careers. The new program was presented Tuesday morning at the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting, held at Sinclair Community College. ...

Women on Corporate Boards of Directors and their Influence on Corporate Philanthropy

Abstract This study examined the relationship between the proportion of women serving on firms’ boards of directors and the extent to which these same firms engaged in charitable giving activities. Using a sample of 185 Fortune500 firms for the 1991–1994 time period, the results provide strong support for the notion that firms having a higher proportion of women serving on their boards do ...

DWE initiatives boost UAE women’s confidence

The UAE has been at the forefront granting women equally level playing fields to reduce the gender imbalance Dubai Women Establishment (DWE) has been undertaking initiatives to encourage Emirati women to tap the complete potential offered by the leadership aiming to boost their contribution to the UAE’s economic growth as well as scale heights in development and growth. The year embarked ...

Shaikha Al Bahar

Shaikha Al Bahar is the Deputy Group CEO of the National Bank of Kuwait. She was promoted to her current role in 2014. The National Bank of Kuwait is the largest bank in the country, with an asset base of $79.7 billion. Over her 36-year career Shaikha has gained experience in privatization, project finance and advisory services. She has been involved in all of Kuwait Investment Authority’s ...

Big boost to gender parity as Cabinet passes equal pay law

Our constitution includes the equal rights and duties of genders, says Mohammad Abu Dhabi: The Cabinet has passed a new draft law to ensure that men and women receive equal pay for equal work, it was announced on Tuesday. The pioneering bill comes as part of the National Strategy for Empowerment of Emirati Women in the UAE for 2015-2021, launched by Her Highness Shaikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, ...

Arab women leaders take spotlight at Top CEO forum

The first day of the event was devoted to women’s role in business, the economy and society By Lulwa Shalhoub, Arab News JEDDAH: The Top CEO forum has returned to King Abdullah Economic City, yet this year the scene is different. The 2018 edition of the one-day discussion event for business leaders and experts has been preceded by a day dedicated to Arab women in industry. “Last year, this ...

Women in Leadership

Women in leadership roles in business continue to be a topic of much discussion around the boardrooms and water coolers of companies large and small. Smart companies know that women leaders bring a lot to the table. Yet a study conducted by UC Davis in 2011 reveals that women occupy only 9.7% of the board seats and top executive positions in California companies. What’s wrong with this picture? ...

Emirati girl hopes to be among the first astronauts to travel to Mars

DUBAI // When Alia Al Mansouri grows up, she hopes to become one of the first Emirati astronauts of her generation to travel to Mars. The 14-year-old from Dubai was one of many pupils who attended the Project Space conference yesterday where female scientists and space experts discussed the need for more women in the industry. Of the 537 people who have travelled into space so far, only 60 have ...

NYSE’s Top Female Leaders: Working to Attract More Women to the Field

“We are here to make Americans have confidence in the country, says Hope Jarkowski, Co-head of Government Relations at the the New York Stock Exchange (ICE – Get Report) . “And who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?” says asks. And while we at #Alpha Rising totally agree, it seems many women and millennialls still don’t. So Jarkowski, along ...

Empowering 100,000 Women in ANN’s Global Supply Chain

Through its work with BSR and participation in BSR’s HERproject, ANN, parent company of Ann Taylor, LOFT, and Lou & Grey, was able to set—and achieve—its commitment to empower 100,000 women in its global supply chain community between 2012 and 2018. The Challenge ANN is a purpose-driven company that aims to help women “put their best selves forward every day.” Women comprise more ...

Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi

Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi serves as the U.A.E.’s Minister of State for Tolerance, a position she was appointed to in February 2016 as part of the new U.A.E. cabinet reshuffle. A philanthropist, Al Qasimi sits on the board of the Dubai Autism Center and volunteers with the “Friends of Cancer Patients” Society. Previously the Minister of International Cooperation, as well as the ...

Learning From The Top 4 Asian Female Philanthropists

In 2017, the Forbes Heroes of Philanthropy list revealed that out of the 40 philanthropists listed, only six are women. In one of its publications, the Economist states that female philanthropists in Asia are falling behind their male counterparts. So it seems that women philanthropists are still considered as rare gems, even more so in Asia, but this is about to change gradually as the ...

Bright Ideas for Young Women Leaders

Summary: Provides wonderful ideas on all aspects of the Young Women program. Includes: structuring personal progress, implementing the young women values, organizing girls camp, planning new beginnings and young women in excellence, providing leadership instruction, increasing parental support, seasonal celebrations, ideas for youth conference. To read the book please follow this ...

Women Filling Jobs in Middle East

The Gulf job market is set to grow at an average rate of nine percent this year, according to research conducted by GulfTalent, an online recruitment portal. The results are based on GulfTalent’s survey of over 1,100 CEOs and executive managers of firms across the Gulf Cooperation Council, GCC. According to survey findings, the biggest factor driving employment growth is the recent rise in ...

New platform for women e-Traders launches in UAE

Dubai Women Establishment (DWE) is set to host, in collaboration with the Department of Economic Development (DED), ‘Insta Hub – a platform for women e-Traders’, as the first of various initiatives and projects which the two parties plan to launch over the coming months. The event is being held in line with a partnership agreement signed by DWE and DED to support e-Trader licence-holders at ...

Meet the first women firefighters of UAE

Sharjah Civil Defence is training a team of 15 brave UAE nationals to join Sharjah fire station by the end of 2018 as the UAE’s first female firefighters. Growing up, Nora Othman Al Ghafli, always dreamed of becoming a firefighter. When she saw the job posting for women firefighters by the Ministry of Interior in September 2017, she got thrilled that her dream may actually come true. She ...

UAE celebrates International Women’s Day: Report

  Emirati women are joining activists around the world to observe the International Women’s Day marked on 8th March every year. The international event comes at a time witnessing an overall advancement for Emirati women thanks to the support lent by the country’s wise leadership and the pioneering humanitarian work of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General ...

#PRESSFORPROGRESS
International Women's Day

International Women’s Day 2018 campaign theme: #PressforProgress With the World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report findings telling us that gender parity is over 200 years away – there has never been a more important time to keep motivated and #PressforProgress. And with global activism for women’s equality fuelled by movements like #MeToo, #TimesUp and ...

Revealed: the growing role of women in the UAE’s aviation sector

How the UAE is bucking Middle East by employing more women as pilots, engineers and air traffic controllers The UAE is bucking a regional trend by employing more women in its aviation industry, a senior official has said. Compared to other countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, the UAE has more women pilots, captains, aircraft engineers, mechanics, aircraft maintenance and ...

Resources: 1) American Society for Engineering Education Website Search http://www.asee.org/search?q=women 2) WISE has analysed the gender balance and trends at every stage of the STEM Classroom to Boardroom pipeline. https://www.wisecampaign.org.uk/resources/2016/11/from-classroom-to-boardroom-the-stem-pipeline 3)Women In Stem Website http://womeninstemconference.com/index.php 4)Association for ...

Why is STEM Education Important?

The fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, otherwise known as STEM, are becoming increasingly important year on year. However, one of the major problems that these industries are facing is a lack of qualified younger students who will fulfil the roles of the current employees once they move on and get older. One source claims that only as little as 16% of college graduates ...

STEM Best Practice Summit Dubai 2017   STEM Education Overview President Obama on the Importance of STEM Education

Ismail leads stunning turnaround as SA women keeps hopes alive against India

Shabnim Ismail led a stunning fightback by South Africa which kept alive their hopes in the five-match T20 series against India, by picking up the first five wicket haul of her career. Ismail recovered from a bruising attack from Indian opener, Smriti Mandhana, who picked up four consecutive boundaries – the first the result of overthrows – in Ismail’s first over, to turn the match ...

The Female Lead
Women Who Shape Our World

Sixty inspirational women, from many walks of life. All have changed the world in a variety of fields. Among them are politicians and artists, journalists and teachers, engineers and campaigners, fire fighters and film stars. Together they form an arresting gallery of portraits, each one illustrated with original photography by Brigitte Lacombe. Some have led their professions; some have broken ...

The UAE… is a role model for the advancement of women

The nation’s commitment to trying to achieve gender equality has come under the spotlight at the World Government Summit. It’s no secret that the UAE is on a big push for gender equality over the next few years. In fact, the Emirates hopes to become one of world’s top 25 countries for gender equality by 2021. In recent times, the nation has seen the introduction of a gender balance ...

“Gender, Governance and Patriarchy: Married Women’s Perceptions of their (Un)employment Legitimacy”

Abstract Considering the intersection between gender, public/private patriarchy and governance, this paper explores the legitimacy justifications of female unemployment in the Arab Middle Eastern country of Lebanon. Our analytic framework integrates institutional theory’s notions of legitimacy (i.e., validity and propriety) with notions of public/private patriarchy to examine the microlevel ...

Women scientists tell of UAE’s support

Anna Zacharias speaks to five women shedding light on the world around us and shaping policy in Abu Dhabi and beyond Sunday is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Worldwide male graduates in science greatly outnumber their female counterparts and Unesco reports that just 30 per cent of researchers are women. In December 2015, the United Nations General Assembly declared February ...

On women empowerment, India has to learn a lot from others: Harsimrat

The team, who landed in the capital city on Wednesday have already watched a Capitals practice and run drills with two of the players Standing before nearly 18,000 fans, the captain of the UAE’s ice hockey team, Fatima Al Qubaisi performed a ceremonial puck drop kicking off a game between two American teams at the weekend as part of a special tour of the US. The UAE National Ice Hockey team ...

On women empowerment, India has to learn a lot from others: Harsimrat

New Delhi, Feb 9 (UNI) Stressing on women empowerment and child education, Union Minister of Food, Processing and Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Friday said the country needs to learn a lot from other countries, where women are provided equal rights in every sector. Speaking during the 7th One Global Forum 2018, Ms Kaur said, ‘In our country, women are still far away from knowing and ...

Women empowerment and emancipation

KARACHI: Given the stifling patriarchal society we live in, there are a number of issues women face daily. But talking about issues related to women infuriates most of the population, especially issues and matters related to child abuse, sexual abuse, rape and molestation are always overlooked as most people quaver at the thought of discussing and confronting such issues. Hence, such problems are ...

Boxer’s victory aids Saudi women empowerment
Dona wins international boxing championship in Jordan

Manama: Dona Mohammad Al Ghamdi’s victory in the 2018 International Boxing Championship in Jordan has given a shot in the arm to the drive to give more rights to Saudi women. On Friday, Dona became the first Saudi woman to be crowned at the championship that featured several boxers from different countries. The event was held in Balqa, north of Amman. Her success at the championship is both an ...

We love this picture of Sheikh Mohammed – and so does Sheikh Hamdan

“The future of the UAE, all in one picture.” At this stage, you’ve definitely heard the saying that a picture can say a thousand words. It gets repeated a lot because it’s so true, and the latest example comes from right here in Dubai. On Saturday, HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum shared a photo of his father, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, that really does ...

Meet the first women firefighters in UAE
Sharjah Civil Defence hires its first 15 female firefighters

Sharjah: It takes a great deal of self-confidence and determination to break social taboos regarding women’s roles in the community. For 15 brave UAE national women who have joined the country’s first Women’s Firefighting Unit at Sharjah Civil Defence, the opportunity was too good to pass by. Sharjah Civil Defence has welcomed their very first 15 female firefighters in 41 years who will ...

How A Young, New, Female Boss Took Over Her Male-Dominated Company

Introducing our new podcast, Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer, which features business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side happy, wealthy, and growing. Feifer, Entrepreneur’s editor in chief, spotlights these stories so other business can avoid the same hardships. Listen below or click here to read more shownotes. Chrissy Monaco was ...

This Founder Explains Why Success Isn’t the Biggest Valuation or Fastest Growth; It’s the People You Help

There are few things quite as stressful as figuring out the logistics of transforming your home into something that is a reflection of yourself. This is an experience that Jean Brownhill understands firsthand. A Harvard and Cooper Union-trained architect, when Brownhill started working for Coach as senior manager in its global architecture department, she made the move to buy her first house. She ...

Road Warrior: UAE Startup Teach Me Now Wins Hong Kong Pitching Contest

Infiniti Middle East held its first speed pitching session in December last year, which gave 30 budding entrepreneurs seven minutes to pitch their ideas to three judges in an Infiniti Q70, while being driven around one of Dubai Autodrome’s racetracks. Talk about a memorable elevator pitch, right? That was how Teach Me Now founder Thea Myhrvold described the experience too. The 25-year-old ...

Nezha Hayat

King Mohamed VI appointed Nezha Hayat as the Chairperson and CEO of Morocco’s Capital Market Authority in 2016. Hayat became the first woman ever on a management board of a bank in Morocco when she worked at Societe Generale in Casablanca. After Graduating from ESSEC in 1984 Hayat started her career in Spain where she worked in various management positions before moving back to her home ...

Dubai foundation makes presentations at UN Human Right Council meet

Geneva: The Dubai Foundation for Women and Children (DFWAC) participated in a side event of the presentation of the third UAE report on human rights at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. It took part as a civil society organisation concerned with women and children in the UAE. The event was organised by a platform at the UAE Civil Society Exhibition, where the foundation ...

THE GLOBAL ROLE OF WOMEN – CARETAKERS, CONSCIENCE, FARMERS, EDUCATORS AND ENTREPRENEURS

Throughout history, the central role of women in society has ensured the stability, progress and long-term development of nations. Globally, women comprise 43 percent of the world’s agricultural labor force – rising to 70 percent in some countries. For instance, across Africa, 80 percent of the agricultural production comes from small farmers, most of whom are rural women. It’s widely ...

1000 women athletes to take part in Arab Sports Tournament in UAE

LONDON: One thousand female athletes will be taking part in the fourth edition of Arab Women Sports Tournament scheduled to kick off in the UAE on Feb. 2, the Supreme Organizing Committee. Those competing come from 69 clubs across the Middle East and North African countries, making it the largest participation in the tournament to date, Egypt’s daily Ahram Online reported. Saudi Arabia will ...

Rania Mahmoud Nashar

Rania Nashar is the first female CEO of a listed Saudi commercial bank, The Samba Financial Group. She is also a board member of Samba Bank Limited in Pakistan and Samba Global Markets Limited Company. Nashar has been with Samba Bank for over 20 years, she started off as Technology and Quality Coordinator after completing her BSc. in Computer Science and Information Technology from King Saud ...

L’OREAL MAKES HISTORY BY CASTING HIJAB-WEARING MODEL IN HAIR CAMPAIGN

L’Oréal Paris Elvive has made history by casting a hijab-wearing model in a major haircare campaign for the very first time. Teaming up with a group of British ambassadors and influencers, the new campaign for L’Oréal features a diverse cast of men and women including model Neelam Gill, Dougie Pointer from McFly, and blogger Megan Ellaby. But, in a bid to explore the unique ...

WiSER Conference explores opportunities for women advancement

ABU DHABI: Global leaders from business, government and academia have gathered in Abu Dhabi for the third annual Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy (WiSER) conference under the theme, ‘Women of Easternisation’, focusing on the impact on women advancement through renewable energy and sustainability initiatives. The event was organised by Masdar in partnership with the ...

Prof Brigitte Bönisch-Brednich

Prof Brigitte Bönisch-Brednich is the current Head of School of Social and Cultural Studies at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. She is a cultural anthropologist with a special interest in the anthropology of higher education, academic mobility, narrative research and ethnographic methodology. Since moving to New Zealand she has also developed a strong interest in colonisation ...

Bollywood actor supports women, sustainable goals in Dubai

The Bollywood actor also acted as a referee for some games at the tournament. It was a Friday dedicated to women power when over 150 ladies from all walks of life came together to celebrate the first women’s-only global soccer tournament in the Middle East. Held at the Sustainable City, Dubai, the Global Goals World Cup (GGWC) is also being held in support of the United Nations’ 17 ...

Study: Firms with More Women in the C-Suite Are More Profitable

While successful female leaders have made headlines in recent years — Marissa Mayer, Sheryl Sandberg, and Indra Nooyi all come to mind — they remain the exception to the rule. Yet in the U.S. women make up nearly 40% of MBA graduates and 40% of managers. In many countries they make up an equal or greater share of tertiary graduates and the professional and technical labor force. And ...

Sarah Al Suhaimi

Title: Chair/ CEO She is the first woman to hold this position. She also retains her position as the CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of NCB Capital, the investment arm of the National Commercial Bank. Al Suhaimi has served a two-year term as the Vice Chairperson of the Advisory Committee to the Board of the Capital Market Authority. Her father, Jammaz Al Suhaimi, also headed the ...

More companies are committing to gender equality. But progress will remain slow unless we confront blind spots on diversity—particularly regarding women of color, and employee perceptions of the status quo. Women remain underrepresented at every level in corporate America, despite earning more college degrees than men for 30 years and counting. There is a pressing need to do more, and most ...

Why we’re talking to the women in power in Washington

The thing I remember most from Bill Clinton’s 1993 inaugural is crashing the various balls around town. Dressed up to look like we belonged, my husband, his cousin (in town visiting) and I posed as guests at these quadrennial gatherings, blustering our way into the MTV Rock and Roll Inaugural Ball in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. I recall seeing a lot of sequins as the new first ...

How Women In Leadership Are Doing Power Differently, And Why They Must

This October, the Omega Women’s Leadership Centerheld its biennial Women & Power Retreat, focused on helping women #DoPowerDifferently. This year’s retreat brought together a diverse group of change leaders to explore themes such as turning pain into power, cultivating personal resilience, taking action in the face of adversity, and advocating for equality, justice, and healing. ...

Raja Easa Al Gurg

Title:  Managing Director Raja Easa Al Gurg has overseen the powerful Al Gurg Group, one of the U.A.E.’s oldest family firms, since 1990. Founded five decades ago, the conglomerate operates 28 companies and boasts 370 partnerships with multinationals, such as Unilever, British American Tobacco, and Siemens. Al Gurg sits on several corporate boards, including HSBC Bank Middle East, and ...

Lubna S. Olayan

Title: CEO Lubna S. Olayan leads one of Saudi Arabia’s biggest family-owned conglomerates, which operates 40-plus companies. A trailblazer, she helped break the corporate gender barrier in Saudi Arabia, when she joined her father’s holding in 1983 at a time when few women held executive positions. In 2004, she became the first woman in the country elected to the board of a publicly ...

Which GCC country puts an end to unfair treatment of women at the workplace?

If you are a woman with great ambitions and willing to relocate to Dubai for work, then this may be the right decision to make. A survey by Bayt.com with YouGov reveals that UAE ranks first in the Middle East for ease of finding a job for women. More than three in four women in the UAE believe that job offers are based entirely on experience and qualifications, regardless of gender. Gender ...

Kabul’s 1st Female-Only Fitness Club Part Of The Movement Of Women’s Empowerment In Afghanistan

In a world where there are many countries which don’t afford women the same rights as men, there are other outlets that have become the “loophole”, if you will, for women to speak out and exert their power in a different way. One of those outlets is sports. In many conservative nations, women are forbidden from publicly playing or competing in sport, let alone against the opposite sex. In ...

Sheikha Moza, Qatari Prime Minister Discuss Future Collaboration at QF’s Event

Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation (QF) attended QF’s ‘Thriving Together’ event today in attendance with H.E. Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, along with a ministerial delegation. H.H. Sheikha Moza was joined by Her Excellency Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, Vice Chairperson and CEO, QF, at the ...

Saudi women shine at Arab Women of the Year awards in London

Princess Lamia Bint Majid Al-Saud was named winner of the Achievement in Philanthropies Award at the Arab Women of the Year 2017 held in London on Thursday. Princess Lamia is Secretary General and member of the board of trustees at Alwaleed Philanthropies which over the past 35 years has supported and initiated projects in more than 124 countries regardless of gender, race or religion. The ...

The Abramson Effect (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition

With her shocking dismissal in the spring of 2014, former New York Times editor Jill Abramson can now be added to the list of women who have been hired to run large, prominent corporations (see: Meg Whitman, Carly Fiorina, etc.) – only to be publicly fired soon thereafter. This troubling trend, often referred to as the glass cliff, raises important questions about the challenges that confront ...

Maitha Al Shamsi receives Costa Rican envoy

ABU DHABI: Dr Maitha Bint Salem Al Shamsi, Minister of State, has received Francisco Chacon Hernandez, Ambassador of the Republic of Costa Rica to the UAE. During the meeting, the two sides discussed enhancing bilateral relations between the two countries. Dr Al Shamsi welcomed the Costa Rican Ambassador and wished him success in his mission in the UAE. She also hailed the growing ties between ...

The Immeasurable Value of Retaining Women in the Workplace

According to Off-Ramps and On-Ramps, a Harvard Business Review article by Sylvia Ann Hewlett and Carolyn Buck Luce, large numbers of highly qualified women are dropping out of mainstream careers. According to Hewlett and Luce, a survey of the class of 1981 at Stanford University shows that 57% of women graduates leave the workforce. Another survey of three graduating classes at Harvard Business ...

We should be proud of the UAE’s achievements in empowering women

Right around the world there are debates, conferences, research reports, and reviews taking place to address the problem of levelling the playing field between men and women; and, importantly, ensuring women have the proper support they need – whether cultural, social or regulatory – to reach their full potential and succeed in work. By way of a reminder, the workplace is not a level playing ...

Sky’s the limit for Emirati women

Women’s fortunes in the UAE are skyrocketing, and they are entering major professions and all walks of life. Today, Emirati women can be found across many fields, in politics, economics, business, culture, sports and many others. Their presence reflects the diversity of the growing economy, society and culture of the UAE. Emirati women are found across the economic professions, in technology, ...

How the UAE is empowering women

The UAE has made significant progress in its mission to empower women in the workforce The UAE has made significant progress in its mission to empower women in the workforce across various sectors and the nation’s women can today be classified as role models for the rest of the world, officials said. “I believe the development of an economy is measured by the development of its ...

UAE women’s cricket team ‘pumped up’ after securing place in next phase of World Twenty20 qualifying

A 34-run win over Malaysia in Bangkok on Sunday meant the national team were guaranteed to finish in the top two of the Asia Qualifier The UAE women’s cricket team had waited their whole lives to play at an ICC competition. Now they can get ready to go to a second, having booked their place at the next phase of the qualification process for the Women’s World Twenty20. A 34-run win over ...

Sheikha Lubna has been named among the world’s most powerful women

Who runs the world? She’s long been recognised as one of the region’s most iconic figures, and HE Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi is getting noticed on a global stage too. The former State Minister of Tolerance has been named as one of the world’s most powerful women, thanks to her work in the fields of politics and philanthropy. Sheikha Lubna features in Forbes‘ list of the 100 most powerful ...

Zahra Lari, the first professional figure skater to compete internationally wearing a headscarf

Dubai (CNN)- The United Arab Emirates (UAE), a Persian Gulf state where temperatures soar as high as 48 degree Celsius (118.4 Fahrenheit) during summer, is famous for hosting the Formula 1, The Dubai World Cup horse race, camel races — and even international cricket and skydiving tournaments. It is hard to imagine, however, that this desert country where heavy snowfall is considered a ...

Jawaher Al Qasimi: True investment in women’s potential and capabilities will lay the groundwork for a global economic jump

(MENAFN Editorial) Women Economic Empowerment Global Summit to Demand more Active Policies to Empower Women in the Workplace Her Highness calls for everyone to shoulder their humanitarian responsibilities towards the millions of unemployed women living below the poverty line Inaugural summit will examine private sector’s role in recruiting more women to help revitalise global economic cycle ...

UAE’s Alia believes she can get even better

Asian champion joins Checkole in picking up top honours at Seventh Dubai Women’s Run Dubai: The UAE’s Alia Mohammad Saeed believes she can get even better after she powered her way to victory in the 10-kilometre race at the Seventh Dubai Women’s Run held at Marasi Business Bay on Friday. While Alia made amends for having to play catch up after a delayed start to her race to top the 10km ...

From the North Pole to an organic journey

Conquering the North Pole was certainly a challenge, but compared to becoming a mother, it’s almost a walk in the park, says Elham Al Qasimi. In April 2010, Al Qasimi became the first Emirati – and as such the first Arab woman – to conquer the icy expanse of the North Pole, when she successfully completed a three-week journey, which involved skiing cross-country for 14 hours a day and ...

UAE to be in the forefront of women’s empowerment

UAE to be in the forefront of women’s empowerment Statistics show that at current pace, gender equality will take 170 years to achieve Dubai: The UAE aims to be among the top 25 nations worldwide excelling in the field of women’s empowerment, speakers at a panel meeting on women’s empowerment said on Monday. The first meeting of the United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on ...

AUS named as Knowledge Partner at Naseba Global WIL Economic Forum

American University of Sharjah (AUS) will be the official Knowledge Partner of the Naseba Global Women in Leadership (WIL) Economic Forum, an event bringing together more than 500 global business leaders, educators, policy-makers, entrepreneurs, NGOs, artists and youth to champion diversity as the cornerstone of sustainable economic development. Her Excellency Noura Al Kaabi, UAE Minister of ...

FIVE MINUTES WITH DR. LINZI KEMP

Dr. Linzi Kemp, Associate Professor at American University of Sharjah’s School of Business Administration, participated in a key panel at the Women in Leadership Economic Forum which took place in Dubai on the 25th – 26thOctober, 2017. In the lead up to the Forum, Linzi took some time to discuss the main obstacles to women’sprogression in the workplace, and the initiatives her and her AUS ...

إعلان «أمريكية الشارقة» شريكاً للمعرفة في «منتدى نسيبة الاقتصادي

تم إعلان الجامعة الأمريكية في الشارقة كشريك رسمي للمعرفة في منتدى نسيبة الاقتصادي العالمي للمرأة في القيادة، وهو حدث يجمع أكثر من 500 من قادة الأعمال العالميين والمدرسين وصانعي القرار ورواد الأعمال والمنظمات غير ...

“أميركية الشارقة” شريك للمعرفة في منتدى “نسيبة الاقتصادي العالمي للمرأة”

توفر الجامعة الأميركية في الشارقة الخبرة والدعم لمنتدى نسيبة الاقتصادي العالمي للمرأة في القيادة الذي سينعقد هذا العام تحت عنوان “ظاهرة تأثير الفراشة – من النية إلى التأثير”، وسيركز على التغيير الاجتماعي عبر ...

AUS named as Knowledge Partner at Naseba Global WIL Economic Forum

Sharjah, UAE — American University of Sharjah (AUS) will be the official Knowledge Partner of the Naseba Global Women in Leadership (WIL) Economic Forum, an event bringing together more than 500 global business leaders, educators, policy-makers, entrepreneurs, NGOs, artists and youth to champion diversity as the cornerstone of sustainable economic development. Her Excellency Noura Al Kaabi, ...

AUS to analyse ‘The Butterfly Effect’ at Women in Leadership forum

SHARJAH: The American University of Sharjah (AUS) will be the official Knowledge Partner of the Naseba Global Women in Leadership (WIL) Economic Forum, an event bringing together more than 500 global business leaders, educators, policy-makers, entrepreneurs, NGOs, artists and youth to champion diversity as the cornerstone of sustainable economic development. Noura Al Kaabi, UAE Minister of ...

AUS named as Knowledge Partner at Naseba Global WIL Economic Forum

Sharjah 24: American University of Sharjah (AUS) will be the official Knowledge Partner of the Naseba Global Women in Leadership (WIL) Economic Forum, an event bringing together more than 500 global business leaders, educators, policy-makers, entrepreneurs, NGOs, artists and youth to champion diversity as the cornerstone of sustainable economic development. Noura Al Kaabi, UAE Minister of State ...

Burkini-Wearing Teen Smashes Muslim Stereotypes At Pageant

This teen made history by competing at a beauty pageant in her traditional dress and modest swimwear. Since Donald Trump’s election, the USA has seen a surge in Islamophobia. A number of America’s Muslims have voiced their fears about being seen wearing Islamic dress in public, as they believe it could make them a target for hate crimes. However if there’s one woman it’s not stopping, ...

10 Emirati women shaping the future of the UAE

In honour of Emirati Women’s Day, here is a hand-picked selection of those changing the game. The UAE is proud to be bursting with women working tirelessly towards making the country great. And, while we try to celebrate them every day here at EmiratesWoman.com, there’s one particular day officially dedicated to the ladies of this land. Emirati Women’s Day – which is currently in its ...

Meet Jenna, the hijabi doll teaching kids the Quran

She might look like Barbie – but unlike her blonde-haired counterpart, Jenna wears the hijab, and recites verses from the Quran. The game-changing doll was launched in toy stores across the UAE in January, and later expanded to Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. She was designed by Dubai-based businesswoman and mother Samira Amarir, who was struggling to find toys that would help teach her young ...

Celebrating the spirit of Emirati women

Women in the UAE celebrate Emirati Women’s Day, along with the country’s progression Abu Dhabi/Dubai: The achievements and milestones reached by Emirati women are integral to the success story of the UAE and its enviable place on the global platform. Fired by their passion for nation-building and pursuing ambitions and goals that open new horizons for women empowerment, Emirati women have ...

UAE to celebrate ‘Emirati Women’s Day’

The day will recognise the contribution of the nation’s women in the development of UAE. The UAE is celebrating the 3rd Emirati Women’s Day, in recognition of the contribution of the nation’s women, and their role in the development and advancement of the country. HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family ...

Dr Kate White

Dr Kate White is Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Education at Federation University and Co-Director of the WHEM Network. Her research focuses on women and leadership in higher education, women’s academic careers, and science research careers focussing particularly on generational issues. She is co-editor of Gendered Success in Higher Education: Global Perspectives (2017); ...

Dr Helen Peterson

Dr Helen Peterson is a Senior Lecturer at Gothenburg University Sweden and Co-Director of the WHEM Network. Her fields of research include studies on women managers in higher education, gender and career in the STEM field and the career mobility of junior researchers. She is currently conducting a project on the recruitment of Vice Chancellors: ‘From Rector Magnificus to Strategic Manager. ...

Dr Teresa Carvalho

Teresa Carvalho is an associate professor at the University of Aveiro in Portugal and senior researcher at the Center for Research in Higher Education Policies (CIPES), Portugal.  Her main research interests are institutional governance and management, the academic profession and gender in higher education. She received external funding and participated in several research projects (including ...

Professor Pat O’Connor

Professor Pat O’Connor is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Social Policy, Department of Sociology, University of Limerick and Visiting Professor, Geary Institute, University College Dublin Her core research interest is gender: currently focusing on the gendering of management and higher education, and more broadly on the gendering of organizations, leadership, excellence and careers. She ...

Dr Maria de Lourdes Machado-Taylor

Dr Maria de Lourdes Machado-Taylor is a researcher at the Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education and senior research associate at CIPES, Portugal. Her areas of research include management, strategic planning, the non-university sector and gender studies. She is the author of books on higher education and other publications in European and American journals.

Professor Connie Zulu

Professor Connie Zulu is currently Acting Deputy director in the school of Professional Studies in Education at the North-West University in South Africa. She is an educational management and women in educational leadership and management specialist.  She has been in academia for the past 24 years, fourteen of which were devoted to teaching English and Academic skills to first year university ...

Dr Sarah Barnard

Dr Sarah Barnard is Lecturer in Sociology of Contemporary Work in the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University (UK) and Co-Director of the WHEM Network. Her fields of research  include gender, higher education, sociology of SET, the private higher education sector and communications and media. She has conducted research on women in engineering and higher education over a ...

Dr Angela Wroblewski

Dr Angela Wroblewski is a senior researcher in the sociology department at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna. She is a trained sociologist and has a background in the field of gender studies in academia including evaluation of equality policies and women only programmes. Since 1999 Angela has been involved in several research projects and evaluations focusing on equality policies in ...

Professor Tanuja Agarwala

Tanuja Agarwala is Professor in the Management Faculty at University of Delhi, to the WHEM Network. Tanuja’s research focuses on gender, work-life integration, career management, performance and reward management, gender, HRM in organizational transformations, cross-cultural issues, and corporate social and environmental responsibility. She is a member of the Editorial Board of Gender in ...

UN gender equality report gives insight into Arab male identity

Do Arab men support gender equality? What challenges do they face in their daily lives? What does it mean to be a man in the Middle East and North Africa in 2017? These are some of the questions that 10,000 men and women across Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon and the Palestinian territories were asked in the International Men and Gender Equality Study in the Middle East and North Africa (IMAGES MENA). ...

Only one in four Middle East men backs equality, study suggests

Only one in four men in the Arab world supports equality for women in some areas, and most still believe a woman’s primary role is at home, a survey suggests. Interviews in Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and the Palestinian territories also found that younger men mostly appeared to be as conservative as their fathers. But men in the region are said to face “tremendous stress” to be ...

Dubai Women Establishment Signs MOU with Dubai Financial Market

The new partnership to enhance women’s participation on the boards of listed companies Under the directives of Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the UAE Gender Balance Council, President of the Dubai Women Establishment, and wife of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, the ...

The women’s majlis: The trials faced by women in the UAE workplace

By Lubna Qassim When it comes to empowering women on a professional level in the UAE, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai. has been a bold game changer. And when it comes to education and joining the workforce, women continue to excel. However, one challenge that we face is not having an adequate number of women in the C-suite and as members of the board. It is 2017, ...

Emirati women lead the way at Careers UAE

By Staff Emirati women were out in full force at Careers UAE this week, as exhibitors from the country’s largest recruitment fair report that the number of women looking to join the work force is on the rise. With the gender pay gap predicted to close 100 years earlier than anticipated, UAE female undergraduates are leading the way as 67% are more likely to aspire to be in senior leadership ...

UAE women’s team living the dream

United Arab Emirates first took part in the WAFF Women’s Championship in 2010, where they emerged victorious and then successfully defended their title the following year UAE are about to compete in qualifiers for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup for the first time The Abu Dhabi Sport Club was the first establishment of its kind to promote women’s football, in 2004, before setting up its own team ...

Celebrating the Amazing Mothers who have given us our Great Leaders

“I believe in the human spirit,” His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, said at the recent World Government Summit, a global platform dedicated to shaping the future of governments worldwide.  “Humans have created civilizations, economies, and financial systems. If they have made civilizations possible, then ...

UAE prepares to celebrate International Women’s Day

By Jumana Khamis Women leaders assess achievements in gender empowerment in the UAE and Gulf region Dubai: As the UAE joins the global community in celebrating International Women’s Day on Wednesday, women in leadership roles in the UAE voiced their opinions on gender empowerment efforts in the region, which have ensured increased participation of women in the workforce and in decision-making ...

Watch: 2 UAE women pilot world’s biggest plane

By Cleofe Maceda Emirates puts spotlight on its female crew as it releases footage showing 2 Arab women operating Airbus Dubai: On the upcoming celebration of International Women’s Day this week, Emirates has turned the spotlight on its female staff. The UAE-based carrier released a footage on Monday for a brief behind-the-scenes look at two Arab women piloting the world’s largest passenger ...

مدرسات في الجامعة الأميركية في الشارقة يطلقن أول قائمة ل”المرأة الخبيرة” في الشرق الأوسط

الشارقة – خاص بـ ” وكالة أخبار المرأة “ أطلقت عضوات هيئة تدريس في الجامعة الأميركية في الشارقة، مؤخراً قائمة “المرأة الخبيرة”، وهي الأولى من نوعها في منطقة الشرق الأوسط، وذلك كجزء من موقع إلكتروني متخصص في ...

Ms. Najla Al Midfa
United Arab Bank P.J.S.C.

Member – Board Executive Committee Appointed to the Board in 2012 Ms. Al Midfa is Founder of Khayarat, a social enterprise that enables young Emiratis to make informed career choices and achieve success in the private sector. In her previous role, as Senior Manager at the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, Ms. Al Midfa led a team of business counselors through the due diligence ...

Shaikha Fatima Al Qassimi
Ras Al Khaimah National Insurance Company (PSC)

Shaikha Fatima Al Qassimi is a Board Member in Ras Al Khaimah National Insurance Company (PSC).   Reference: https://www.rakinsurance.com/en/about-rak-insurance?qt-about_us_tabs=2&qt-about_us_mobile_tabs=2#qt-about_us_mobile_tabs

Mrs. Amna Saif Alrada Saif Al Mansoori 
National Corporation for Tourism and Hotels

Mrs. Amna Saif Alrada Saif Al Mansoori  is a Board Member of National Corporation for Tourism and Hotels

Dr Nandini Tandon
NMC Healthcare

Dr. Tandon is presently engaged in investing in healthcare and healthcare/IT in USA, UAE and India. Dr. Tandon has extensive board experience. She is currently Vice Chairman of the Board of El Camino Hospital, Silicon Valley, California and Chair of its Executive Compensation Committee and Vice-Chair of its Governance and Finance Committees. Additionally she has served on 12 high tech proprietary ...

Dr Ayesha Mohammed Abdullah
NMC Healthcare

Dr Abdullah is an industry professional with more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She is responsible for overseeing an independent regulatory authority for all healthcare providers, medical educational & research institutions and other businesses operating within the Dubai Healthcare City Free Zone. Dr Abdullah previously held the position of the Managing Director of ...

Mrs. Salma Ali Saif Bin Hareb
NMC Healthcare

Mrs Salma Hareb, is the CEO of Economic Zones World and spearheads innovative product development to provide greater value to EZW customers. She has been instrumental in the creation of the Dubai Logistics Corridor, which quadruples Dubai’s logistics efficiencies. Under her leadership, Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza), the flagship Free Zone of Economic Zones World, has been recognized as one of the ...

Noura Al Mazroui
Methaq Takaful Insurance Company PSC

Noura Al Mazroui is a Board Member in Methaq Takaful Insurance Company PSC Reference: http://www.methaq.ae/about-us/board-of-directors.aspx

Ms. Alia Abdulla Al Mazrouei
Insurance House P.S.C.

Ms. Alia Abdulla Al Mazrouei is the Vice Chairman at Insurance House. Reference:  http://www.insurancehouse.ae/TopMenu/English/Abuts/BOD.html

Mrs. Zeina Al Tabari
Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company PJSC

Hana Al Rostamani has more than 15 years of experience in the field of Banking and financial services. She is currently the Head of Strategy and Planning at First Gulf Bank, a leading financial institution in the UAE. In her current role, Hana is responsible for developing and defining the strategic direction of the bank in various areas.   She was appointed in 2012 as chairperson of the ...

Mrs. Zeina Al Tabari
Drake and Scull International PJSC

Mrs. Zeina Al Tabari is a board member and the Chief Corporate Affairs Officer of DSI PJSC. Mrs. Al Tabari is one of the principal spokespersons for DSI PJSC and is at the helm of the Corporate IT, Corporate Communications and Human Resources departments for DSI globally. Mrs. Al Tabari also handles the vital role of managing Investor Relations with DSI’s shareholders and played a major part in ...

Ms. Fatima Al-Jaber

Ms. Al Jaber is the Chief Operating Officer at Al Jaber Group LLC in the United Arab Emirates and serves also as the Group Executive Director.  She manages all contracts, logistics, industry, trade, investment and real estate operations for the group. She is Head of the executive body of the Council of Abu Dhabi Business Women in United Arab Emirates. She serves as Chairman of Al Bashayer ...

Guides raise Dh23,000 by selling cookies
1,100 packs of cookies sold in universities to help orphans

Staff report Dubai: Sharjah Girl Guides (SGG) raised Dh23,000 for orphans by selling cookies as part of its annual ‘Cookie for A Cause’ campaign last week. Guides aged 12 to 15 years sold over 1,100 packs of cookies provided by Zo’s Kitchen at Dh20 each at American University of Sharjah, University of Sharjah, and the Higher Colleges of Technology Sharjah Women’s College. Following in the ...

Mrs. Fareeda Ali AbulFath
Commercial Bank International P.S.C.

References: http://www.cbiuae.com/AboutCBI/BoardOfDirectors

Mrs. Samirah A. T. H Al Tourki
Al Khaleej Investment PSC

Reference: http://www.kico.ae/about-the-company/  

Alyazia Al Fahim 
Al Fahim Group & BILDCO

Further emphasizing the family’s determination to remain one of the largest and most successful family businesses in the region, a new member of the third generation of the family has joined Al Fahim Group’s senior management team as the Group Human Resources (HR) Manager, Mrs. Alyazia Al Fahim. Coming from a strong HR background, Alyazia’s previous experience for eight years in the Pension ...

Aysha Al Hallami DIRECTOR
Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC

Aysha Al Hallami is currently a Research Manager in the Strategy Unit of H.H. the Managing Director’s Office at Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA). She is part of the Strategic Research Team that is responsible for ADIA’s portfolio construction, as well as strategic and tactical asset allocation decisions. Chartered Financial Analyst, CFA Institute Master of Sciences in Finance ...

UAE’s UN ambassador elected as president of UN Women Executive Board

Caline Malek ABU DHABI // The UAE’s ambassador to the United Nations is the second woman to be elected President of the UN Women Executive Board for 2017. Lana Nusseibeh, who will be representing the Asia-Pacific Group at the UN in New York, said UN Women played a critical role within the UN and around the world as a dynamic and strong champion for women and girls. “In the UAE, women are ...

AUS creates a database for region’s professional women

By Diana Farah Seeking to provide more resources for businesswomen in the Gulf, faculty members in the School of Business Administration (SBA) at American University of Sharjah (AUS) have created a first-of-its-kind portal to highlight women holding executive positions in the region. Dr. Linzi Kemp, Associate Professor of Management at AUS, and Linda McLoughlin, SBA Placement Director and ...

Samia

Samia lives with her parents and is not married. She speaks English and Arabic fluently and also speaks a some French, which she has a diploma in, and a little Iranian and German. Samia was born in Iraq and is now aged 33. She studied in Iraq and has lived in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for five years. She speaks English, Arabic, and a little bit of French (for which she has a diploma as she ...

Shereen

Shereen was born in Mozambique and holds both Portuguese and British nationalities, and speaks English and Portuguese. She is the youngest of five children (two brothers and two sisters), is single and in her early 40s. She gained an degree in economics and is a certified chartered accountant (CAA). She was brought up in Europe and has lived in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for two years.

HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein

A leader can influence subordinates through the use of one of two styles of leadership, transformational or charismatic. During my research I will try to explore the charismatic leadership style and its effect on followers, I will also try to find the relevance of this trait to HRH Princess Haya bint al Hussain.

Queen Rania

Even though this is the 21st Century, men are still dominant as we see through media. Queen Rania is one of the rare leaders of Jordan, a male dominant society, who has come out and made a difference in many lives. For this reason, such a striking personality was chosen to be researched upon in great depth to learn and understand her goal and mission in life and how she has made a difference.

Sheikah Lubna Al-Qasimi

Several prominent women within the Middle East have emerged as successful leaders with extremely well-recognized positions in society. Without a doubt, these women have put in a great amount of effort in achieving their goals and working towards enhancing the welfare of society. They have demonstrated that women are capable of being successful in organizations. One notable woman that has proven ...

Shirin Ebadi

Shirin Ebadi is one of the very few female leaders who fight for Woman rights in Iran. I admire her effort to implement her vision: to change the path that was drown for women, a path that limit women achievements to what they achieve at their homes, instead of allowing each woman chooses her own path. Ebadi could not change the pattern that exists unless she believes in herself and she would not ...

Princess Haya receives Giglio d’Oro Award for outstanding contributions in the humanitarian field

7 November 2015: Princess Haya bint Al Hussein, Wife of Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, yesterday received the prestigious 2015 Giglio d’Oro Award at a ceremony held in Florence, Italy. The Award was presented to her for her outstanding contributions in the humanitarian field. The Giglio ...

Elham Al-Qasimi

Elham Al Qasimi was born in July 1982 in Dubai, UAE but lived in the United States until the age of twelve. While in the United States, Elham became extremely athletic, swimming almost daily, and then taking up gymnastics at the age of six. Elham then decided to simultaneously take up Tang Soo Do, a Korean martial arts technique, and competed nationally in the US, earning silver and gold medals ...

Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

The daughter of Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler 
of Dubai, opens up about her “big sister” role in the UAE.   If you ever needed the motivation to just try something new — whatever your age and skill level — take inspiration from Shaikha Maitha Bint Mohammad Bin Rashid ...

Muna AbuSulayman

"Deep pockets are only part of what makes a good philanthropist" Muna AbuSulayman is continuously chosen as one of the Most Influential Arab Women in various publications due to a unique and diverse cross-sector work experience including leading The Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation and founding several CSR and Media companies. Internationally recognized as an expert in Management, Education, ...

Sahar

Sahar is 37 years old and was born and brought up in Dubai and is a UAE national. Her mother is English and her father is originally from Bahrain. She is married to an Emirati. She speaks English and Arabic fluently and little bit of Farsi and “a tiny miny little bit of French”

Reem

Reem is a 33 year old Lebanese woman. She has a master’s degree in law and legal translation (double major) through a French, university in Lebanon and is currently studying for her MBA.

Lubna Olayan

Lubna Olayan represents a significant milestone for women in a region defined by the stereotypes set by society. This leader was chosen because of the numerous strides she has made, which are uncommon for women in this region. The author has noted the importance of recognizing strong female leaders within the region, especially being a young Middle Eastern woman herself. Lubna Olayan is the prime ...

Malak

Malak is Palestinian and her age is 37 years old. She holds a BA (human development, child education and psychology) from the Lebanese university of Beirut. She speaks Arabic, English, and a bit of French and mainly uses English at work. She has worked for a property company for a decade and is the Vice President for property management, leasing and facilities management. There are approximately ...

Maha

Maha is a 35 year old Emirati. She is currently manager of sales and training support for a multinational telecommunications company where she has worked for 12 years. She is fluent in Arabic and English and also understands a little Urdu. Maha is not married and lives with her mother and sister.

Hala Kazim

Hala Kazim is a counsellor, artist, author and founder of “Journey Through Change”, a positive transformation program. She is a wife, a mother, and a grandmother. Hala studied counselling and coaching in City University, London, UK, and has also received her certificate in Neuro-Linguistic Programming – Coach and Practitioner from the American Board NLP, London UK. For more than 20 years, ...

HH Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser

Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser plays a key role in supporting the country’s National Vision – a far-reaching agenda to transform Qatar into a thriving, knowledge-based society by 2030. For more than 15 years, Sheikha Moza has been a driving force behind education and social reforms in her country. Sheikha Moza is also active on the international stage, spearheading projects to promote ...

Effa Al Dabbagh

“To enrich people’s lives with beauty, empowering women through making them feel beautiful and confident, drawing their strength from their femininity.” Distinguished Luxury Abayas and Contemporary Evening wear. Effa represents refined femininity and understated elegance with a European flair. Award winning designer, Effa, is a Saudi Arabian national who is based in Dubai. Having graduated ...

Leadership and the Emirati woman: breaking the glass ceiling in the Arabian Gulf

Leadership and the Emirati woman: breaking the glass ceiling in the Arabian Gulf / edited by Kristin Augsburg, Isabell A. Claus and Kasim Randeree Summary The role of Arab women is often perceived one-sided in Western countries. In fact this perception must be revised when looking at the achievements of women in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The booming economy – one of the fastest ...

HH Sheikha Sabika bint Ibrahim

“Wife of HM the King, President of the Supreme Council for Women” Personal Biography  Born in Muharraq in the palace of her paternal grandfather, the late Shaikh Mohammed bin Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa. She was brought up in Riffa in the care of her maternal grandfather, Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa. Her mother Shaikha Fatima bint Salman Al Khalifa is the eldest daughter of His ...

HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak

“In the UAE, we believe strongly that the empowerment of women is important to the future of our country” When we talk of Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak- Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, President of the General Women’s Union – Chairwoman of Motherhood and Childhood Supreme Council, we do not talk of a woman who was satisfied with a limited ...

Buthaina Al Ansari

“We are now struggling for a new world which is based on peace which is based on love which is based on justice which is based on accountability which is based on human rights.”

Halah

Halah is Emirati and is 37 years old. She has a degree in Electrical engineering from * University. Her native tongue is Arabic, but she speaks fluent English and uses the latter for work purposes. Since her graduation, Halah has been employed as a graduate engineer by a government run company, for 12 years.

Lulu

Lulu Placey is a 37 year old British citizen and only speaks English. She left school with a couple of iGCSE’s in English subjects and gained a “BTechii in performing Arts many years later but academia never really interested me” is how she described her studies. She started a design agency with a business partner in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) six years ago. Lulu is expecting her ...

Hiba

Hiba is between 30 and 40 years old. She has a master’s degree and a PhD in family medicine along with MBPC and MBPS qualifications. She is Emirati and speaks Arabic and English fluently.

Gillian

Gillian is co-owner (with her husband) of an accounting company called the Active Department and is herself a qualified accountant. She is British but arrived in Hong Kong at six weeks old. She is now aged 51 years old. She speaks a little Chinese and French as well as her native English.

Abeer

Abeer is Emirati and was born in 1975 in Ras al Khaimah (RAK). She speaks English, Arabic (used mainly in the workplace) and can read basic French and Russian. Abeer is single and lives with her brothers in the family home in Dubai. S

Reem Al Hashimy

“We began this journey recognising that we were here to listen and learn and to formulate together what our collective future could be.”

Queen Rania

“Holy scripture does not hold women back. It’s the people that decide to interpret it in such a way for their own, sometimes political, agendas”

Sheikha Lubna

“It is up to us as women to decidewhat it is that we can do and not do.”

HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein

“I consider it my inherited duty to help relieve the plight of people who suffer the devastating effects of poverty.” 

Mariam Al Mansouri

“Competing with oneself,” she told the magazine, “is conducive to continued learning.”

Rawiyah bint Saud al Busaidiyah

Minister of Higher Education First woman in Omani cabinet as minister First woman minister in the gulf Hunaina Introduction of Dr. Rawiyah & Dr. Rawiyah’s keynote speech In 2009, Oman was the only government in the Gulf, which appointed four women in ministerial positions.  They include: Dr Rawiyah bint Saud bin Ahmed Al Busaidiyah, minister of higher education; Dr Rajiha bint Abdul Amir ...

Professor Özlem Atay

Professor Özlem Atay is a professor of Management at the Faculty of Political Sciences, Ankara University in Ankara, Turkey. She is the Head of Management and Organization Chair in the Department of Management.  She was Vice Head of Management Department between 1999 and 2002. She worked at Turkish National Productivity Centre as a specialist between 1988 and 1996. She has led a number of ...

Dr Marcela Linková

Dr Marcela Linková PhD is a researcher at the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences where she directs the Centre for Gender and Science. She has a doctorate in sociology from Charles University in Prague. Her research focuses on sociology of gendered organizations, research careers, governance of research and research assessment from a gender perspective. Marcela also examines ...

Dr Angela Wroblewski

Dr Angela Wroblewski is a senior researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna. She is a trained sociologist and has a background in the field of gender studies in academia including evaluation of equality policies and women only programmes. Since 1999 Angela has been involved in several research projects and evaluations focusing on equality policies in (higher) education and labour ...

Professor Helen Peterson

Professor Helen Peterson is a Professor of Sociology at Karlstad University (from August 2019), a Senior lecturer in Work Science at University of Gothenburg (since 2014) and an Associate Professor (Docent) of Sociology at Uppsala University (since 2012) (Sweden). She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Uppsala University in 2005. She then worked as a junior lecturer at Örebro University and ...

Professor Pat O’Connor

Professor Pat O’Connor is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Limerick (UL) and Visiting Professor, Geary Institute, University College Dublin. Her research interests currently revolve around gender and higher education: with a particular focus on leadership and management, excellence, organizational culture, micro-politics and masculinities/femininities. Her ...

Dr Maria de Lourdes Machado-Taylor

Dr Maria de Lourdes Machado-Taylor (Maria de Lourdes Machado) holds a Licenciatura in economics from the University of Porto (Portugal), postgraduate studies in administration and a Ph.D in business administration, both degrees from the University of Minho (Portugal). She is a Senior Researcher Associate at the Center for Research on Higher Education Policies (CIPES) and currently works at the ...