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Unprecedented Global Women’s Forum Dubai wraps up with stirring tributes to women’s achievements in the region and beyond

16.03.2016

First-ever Women’s Forum event in Middle East emerges as "new platform for cross-cultural cooperation" in support of women’s advancement.

Global Women’s Forum Dubai 2016 2016 drew to a close with a moving speech by Jacqueline Franjou, CEO for the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society, co-organizer of the event along with the Dubai Women Establishment.

"Global Women’s Forum Dubai has also succeeded as a bridge, a new platform for cross-cultural cooperation, demonstrating how the empowerment of women unlocks a rush of economic growth,” Ms Franjou told the audience in the packed Madinat Jumeirah plenary hall. “Time after time, experience has proven that if women are allowed control over their life choices; if they have access to education and healthcare; if they have equal access to financial credit and economic resources — then culturally, socially, financially, their entire communities will suddenly and spectacularly perform better, across every kind of quantifiable marker of social progress.”

Jacqueline Franjou, Women's Forum for the Economy & Society CEO, at Global Women's Forum Dubai 2016

Global Women’s Forum Dubai, which took place 23-24 February in Dubai, brought together more than 2,000 leaders from around the world – women and men – representing business, government, academia as well as art and culture, with the aim of considering new perspectives for today and tomorrow; creating a powerful, global network capable of boosting the influence of women throughout the world; conceiving innovative and concrete action plans to encourage women’s contribution to society; and promoting diversity in the business world.

H.H. Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan at Global Women's Forum Dubai 2016

Among the more than 200 speakers who took part in the two-day meeting: H.H. Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan; IMF Managing Director the Hon. Christine Lagarde; UAE Foreign Affairs Minister H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan; President of the Republic of Mauritius H.E. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim; UAE Minister of International Cooperation H.H. Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi; H.E. Shamma Al Mazrouei, the UAE's new Minister of State for Youth Affairs; UAE Minister of State H.E. Reem Al Hashimi; H.E. Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO, Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA); and Emma Bonino, former member of the European Parliament.

IMF Managing Director the Hon. Christine Lagarde with Clara Gaymard, President and Jacqueline Franjou, CEO of the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society at Global Women's Forum Dubai 2016

 

IMG Managing Director the Hon. Christine Lagarde with President of the Republic of Mauritius H.E. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim at Global Women's Forum Dubai 2016

Building on the theme Let’s Innovate!, Global Women’s Forum Dubai showcased cross-sector innovation and women’s achievement. The Discovery, the renowned creativity space at Women's Forum meetings, was among the highlights of Global Women's Forum Dubai 2016, with workshops and exhibits serving as content relays for the main program sessions. The event also featured key Women’s Forum initiatives such as CEO Champions, Rising Talents, Women in Media, and a celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards. An official delegation of business and government leaders from Scandinavia were guests of honor.