Advancement of Women – March 8, 2017

On International Women’s Day, WFF is very thankful and inspired by all women who strive hard for change. The future of women is in your strength and leadership. Happy International Women’s Day!

International Women’s Day: Private Sector Perspectives

Wilson Center – March 8, 2017: The private sector knows that gender parity in leadership is important: more women are on boards of multi-national companies, and research shows that diverse leadership can lead to better financial results and better productivity. Gender-balanced companies perform better financially, particularly when women occupy a significant proportion of top management positions.

Women’s leadership in the public sector is equally important, and is good for good governance and economic growth. Women tend to promote policy agendas that foster increased access to education, employment and economic participation, which indirectly lead to a stronger national economy.


Role of women in Saudi economic growth ‘vital’

Zawya – February 27, 2017: RIYADH — Gender diversity in the workplace remains a key issue for employers in the GCC region. This is one of the key findings of a new report developed by the Pearl Initiative, the UAE-based business-led non-profit organization, and Sharjah Business Women Council, and launched in collaboration with PepsiCo, in Riyadh today.

Four of the region’s leading companies surveyed for the report – General Electric (GE), Olayan Group, PepsiCo and Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) – convened at the launch event to discuss the challenges of acquiring and retaining local female talent. The participants also shared best practices for ensuring inclusion and strategies to achieve stronger governance.

The report, titled ‘Women’s Careers in the GCC – Four Good Practice Case Studies’, aligns with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 that sets the ambitious target of increasing women’s participation in the workforce from 22 to 30 per cent. The vision also emphasizes the importance of nurturing female talent, and acknowledges women’s significant contribution to the development of Saudi society and economy.


Meet the Qatari women making waves in the film industry

Gulf News – March 4, 2017: Doha: A young emerging filmmaker, Rawda Al Thani exudes a great deal of confidence. She may only have one completed short film to her name, and one in the works, but Al Thani knows where she’s going.

The 23-year-old is among the 11 Qatari filmmakers taking part in Qumra 2017, a Doha Film Institute (DFI) initiative that looks to support and promote local and regional filmmakers.

“I want to make a difference in my community,” Al Thani told Gulf News, on the sidelines of the festival taking place this weekend in Doha.


UAE prepares to celebrate International Women’s Day

Gulf News – March 7, 2017: 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 roles.

“Our beloved country, the UAE, pays attention to women and provides them with all the tools that enhance their contribution to the development process. The vision of our wise leadership has helped the UAE pass the stage of women’s empowerment, to empower society through women,” said Khowla Al Muhairi, Vice-President of Marketing amd Corporate Communications at Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) and Chairperson of Dewa’s Women’s Committee.


Arab women are now shaping own futures, authors say

Dotemirates – March 7, 2017: Dubai: The scene is changing in the Arab world for women who are moving beyond traditional societal trends, studying hard and taking on more senior roles in the workplace, said women panelists at the Emirates Airline Literature Festival.

Speaking on gender equality, three female authors said many women are no longer deferring to societal expectations that frown upon women embracing leadership positions in the workplace.

Sophie Le Ray, the author of ‘Game Changers: How Women in the Arab World Are Changing the Rules and Shaping the Future’, told panel attendees that more than ever, women are standing up for themselves.


Egyptian becomes first female Arab to pilot A380

Al Arabiya English – March 7, 2017: On International Women’s Day, Egyptian Captain Nevin Darwish became the first Arab female pilot to command Airbus 380, the world’s largest commercial aircraft.

A video posted by Emirates Airlines showed Darwish flying the iconic Airbus A380 from Dubai to Vienna, as she became the first Arab woman to have captained the aircraft.

The Dubai-based carrier chose a handful of female pilots to fly giant aircraft in celebration of International Women’s Day, which occurs on March 8.


Ford to host entrepreneurship workshop for women in Saudi

Trade Arabia – March 6, 2017: Ford is celebrating this year’s International Women’s Day with some of the brightest female minds in Saudi Arabia by hosting the first women-only Henry Ford Entrepreneurship Academy workshop with Effat University in Jeddah from March 7 to 9.

International Women’s Day is not only an opportunity to acknowledge and appreciate women’s contributions to the global workforce, but a chance to call on the masses to help forge a better, more inclusive, gender equal working world.


Sheikha Fatima hails Emirati women

The National – March 7, 2017: On the eve of International Women’s Day, Mother of the Nation Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak has hailed the contribution of Emirati women to UAE society and highlighted their many accomplishments.

Sheikha Fatima, Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, used an address on the day of the campaign – with its message “be bold for change” – encouraged women to fulfil their ambitions.

“The late Sheikh Zayed made every possible effort to support the talents of Emirati women and to develop social conditions which encourage women’s advancement to fully participate in public life,” Sheikha Fatima said.


On Women’s Day eve, statue of girl stares down Wall Street bull

Reuters – March 7, 2017: As many American women prepare to draw attention to their role in the workplace, a Wall Street firm on Tuesday put up a statue of a girl in front of Lower Manhattan’s well-known bronze charging bull, as if to fearlessly stare it down.

Placing the diminutive, grade school-aged girl in front of the massive bull on the eve of International Women’s Day was a way of calling attention to the lack of gender diversity on corporate boards and the pay gap of women working in financial services, a spokeswoman for State Street Global Advisors said.



Baileys women’s prize 2017 longlist sees established names eclipse debuts

The Guardian – March 7, 2017: Literary heavyweights including Margaret Atwood and Annie Proulx have been pitted against debut novelists in the longlist for the 2017 Bailey’s women’s prize for fiction, after a record-breaking year for submissions. In one of the most diverse lists of recent years, titles under consideration for the £30,000 award range from speculative fiction and contemporary noir to historical drama.

The 16-strong longlist was chosen from 189 submissions – a substantial increase on previous years, which averaged 150 titles. Though organisers had wanted to reduce the longlist to fewer than the usual 20 books in order to give more focus to each title, the judges pushed for 16 novels to reflect the strength of entries.




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