Published On: Wed, Nov 18th, 2015

SBWC concludes participation in Women in Leadership Economic Forum

The Sharjah Business Women Council (SBWC), has recently participated in the 17th edition of the Women in Leadership (WIL) Economic Forum held in Abu Dhabi on November 2 -3 to discuss major challenges facing women in the job market.

The forum was held with the participation of a number of international and local experts in the field of entrepreneurship and sought through its sessions and parallel events to strengthen the role of women in leadership roles of the future and championing gender diversity.

Key business and thought leaders from around the world discussed a wide spectrum of topics and shared knowledge and expertise through dynamic sessions and focused networking activities.

The forum highlighted a host of topics, including diversity and inclusion, women in the technologies of future, women entrepreneurship, gender diversity and best practices from prominent leaders in the public and private sectors.

The session called “Future building: Accelerating women’s advancement to achieve global gender parity” saw an in-depth debate about the need to enhance the workplace environment to help give women equal opportunities in holding leadership positions and practicing business activity without discrimination.

The session saw the participation of Ameera BinKaram, Chairperson of SBWC, Almas Jiwani, President of United Nations Women National Committee and Sallyann Della Casa, founder and President of the Growing Leaders Foundation. The session was moderated by Lindsay Degouve De Nuncques, Head of ACCA Middle East.

During the session, Ameera BinKaram said, “The SBWC’s participation in the forum comes in line with its eagerness to strengthen the work environment for women in Sharjah, and help them to enter into the world of business, as well as to meet and network with businesswomen from around the world to share experiences and expertise. Our participation reflects our keenness to continue our quest to support and empower women, as well as to defeat challenges facing business women by turning challenges into real opportunities. We do this through our collaboration with our strategic partners in the Ministry of Economy and a number of other government departments. We are confident that women are able to prove themselves in the public and private sectors if they are provided with adequate support.”

She added, “A UAE’s comprehensive survey on the rates of Emirati women’s participation in the private sector is a must due to the importance of data in identifying weaknesses and developing the necessary plans to address them.”

Source: Emirates news agency

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