Prisoners experience inhuman conditions in women’s ward of Khoy Prison
Women Strive For Equality And To End Polygamy In Israel
reopens women empowerment initiative
Protests Saudi Arabia’s Execution of Maid
parity can drive economic growth in UAE
of Pakistan blasphemy case woman calls for her protection
aid agency organizes trip for Yemeni child soldiers
Airlines introduces first female pilots
women-only theme park launched in Saudi
women make history as polo season gets off to a colourful start
advocate of Emirati women empowerment
by New Age Islam News Bureau
experience inhuman conditions in women’s ward of Khoy Prison
40 prisoners detained in the women’s ward of Khoy Prison, West Azerbaijan, have
been displaced to the prison’s visitation hall where they have to endure
deplorable conditions without having access to basic facilities. The inhuman
measure has been taken under the pretext of doing repairs.
prisoners do not have any beds in this hall. In addition, they have been
deprived of their fresh air breaks and family visitations. In light of the
freezing cold weather, detention of women prisoners in the visitation hall
where they have to sleep on the floor, has brought about numerous illnesses for
the detainees, including kidney pains and severe infections.
the same time, other prisoners have strongly objected to the women prisoners’
being deprived of weekly visits.
women’s ward in Khoy Prison has three rooms. 15 of the 40 detainees in this
ward sleep on the floor in the ward’s corridor because they do not have beds.
prisoner Zeinab Jalalian is also imprisoned in Khoy Prison. Ms. Jalalian has
been in jail since 2007 and has to serve a life sentence.
July 30, 2018, she and a group of other women prisoners went on hunger strike
to protest restrictions imposed on them while being denied of their basic
Kurdish political prisoner Zeinab Jalalian has heart, intestinal, and kidney
problems, as well as an oral thrush condition that has caused painful white
bumps on her tongue and interferes with her ability to eat and swallow. She is
at risk of losing her eyesight in prison as she is being denied surgery for a
worsening eye condition called pterygium, which is impairing her vision and
causing her severe discomfort.
progress of her illnesses, prison officials continue to oppose her treatment
outside prison and by a specialist doctor.
Jalalian had been earlier held incommunicado for several months because she
protested the use of narcotic drugs in this prison.
decades of being accused of turning a blind eye, Israeli authorities are
finally beginning to crack down on polygamy in Bedouin society and, to this
end, have issued 15 indictments against alleged offenders.
the practice was criminalized in Israel in 1977 and is punishable by up to five
years in prison, it has continued mostly unabated in Bedouin communities. One
Arab-Israeli parliamentarian – Taleb Abu Arar (Joint List) – has made no secret
of being married to two women at the same time.
been difficult to enforce the law, because we’re talking about a traditional
society which for decades has carried on with their daily lives without
[outside intervention],” Justice Ministry director-general Emi Palmor, who
headed a committee that published an extensive report on the matter, explained
to The Media Line.
issue with polygamy is that it is something bordering on a religious custom, so
how can we get involved? I think the state avoided dealing with this because it
felt that it would be treading on very intimate grounds. But in the end, in the
past few years we’ve come to the realization that we must enforce the law.”
than 250,000 Bedouin, a sect of tribal, nomadic Muslim-Arabs, reside in Israel,
with the majority concentrated in Rahat and villages across the southern Negev
Desert. While it is difficult to determine exactly how widespread polygamy is,
since not all Bedouin marriages are logged in official databases, recent
government figures estimate that roughly 20% of all Bedouin families are
January 2017, a ministerial committee headed by Palmor was tasked with
upholding Israel’s anti-polygamy law and providing help to those negatively
affected. This past July, the commission published a 315-page report
recommending tougher law enforcement, but which also advocated for allowing
Sharia courts – based on Islamic law – to continue registering polygamous
unions under limited circumstances. Civil marriages are not conducted in Israel
and, as such, Sharia Courts are responsible for overseeing Muslim marriages and
nobody in Israel has thus far been convicted of polygamy, Palmor expects that
to change. Nevertheless, she noted that criminal prosecution is only one aspect
of a wider approach by Jerusalem to address the issue.
government’s recommendations pertain to education, employment, treatment,
welfare and health,” Palmor elaborated. “The perception is that we have to not
only prosecute people but also to educate them, encourage [higher] women’s
employment rates and also set up frameworks for childcare to allow women to work
and thus become empowered.”
month, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked convened the ministerial committee and
ordered the implementation of its recommendations. At the meeting it was
revealed that hundreds of related police reports have already been filed and
that men involved in polygamous marriages will be barred from working in the
civil service and education system. Notably, the committee emphasized that
there should be no exceptions to the rule, and that Sharia courts must comply;
this, despite Palmor’s report calling for exemptions under certain conditions.
push to eradicate polygamy follows efforts by many Bedouin activists who have
spoken out against the controversial practice, like Insaf Abu Shareb, one of
the community’s first female attorneys.
began addressing the issue after I saw how harmful polygamy was to women,
children and our society as a whole,” she said. “I could see how women’s
spirits were being crushed and nobody paid attention, as if Bedouin women were
outside of the public discourse.”
Shareb has for years lobbied Israeli lawmakers to implement stricter policies
with regard to the phenomenon, although she argues that prosecuting those who
break the law is not the ultimate goal.
can’t solve this problem only with enforcement,” Abu Shareb stressed. “Even
though it’s an important aspect, punishment is one side of things and has to be
Bader was only 14 years old when she was whisked away from her home in the Gaza
Strip to Rahat, a Bedouin city in southern Israel. There, she became a man’s
second wife and, in the ensuing years, birthed two sons. But the marriage was
an unhappy one.
was always cooking and with the kids at home,” Bader recalled. “I didn’t have
the possibility of going out to study. From being a girl, I [immediately]
became a mother, and it was very hard. I didn’t know what a boy was and
suddenly I had two of my own.”
than three years after her wedding, Bader decided to divorce her husband.
Eventually, she remarried, this time to a single man, but her childhood
experience has marked her forever.
are only two reasons a woman would agree to her husband marrying a second
woman: either she doesn’t love him, or she wants to get rid of him because he’s
driving her crazy,” she contended. “There is no woman who wants to see her
husband with another woman.”
38 and the mother of seven children, Bader runs a visitor center in Rahat,
conducts guided tours of the city, and gives cooking workshops. She is one of a
growing chorus of women living in Bedouin communities to speak out against
does Islam say?
polygamy predates Islam, it is sanctioned in the Koran. In fact, under certain
circumstances men are permitted to marry up to four women.
Koran lays out conditions for polygamy,” Muhammad Alkuran, an imam from a
mosque in the Bedouin town of Kuseifa, acknowledged to The Media Line. “For
instance, when there is a war and many men are killed, lots of orphans are
left. In this context, when there are fewer men [in the overall population], a
man is allowed to take a second wife.”
to Alkuran, one of the stipulations in Islamic scripture is that a man with
multiple spouses must be “equal and fair” with all of them, or else suffer
the majority of men who today have several wives in truth set a very negative
example,” Alkuran conceded. “The man sometimes becomes a victim of this
practice, if not him then his first wife, if not her then the second wife, if not
her then it is the children who suffer from his decision.”
An opportunity for independence?
Bedouin women argue that polygamy is not inherently harmful and allows
divorcées, widows or older women to find companionship or even gain independence.
For Ehlam Abu Jafar, a social activist and entrepreneur in Rahat, being a
second wife enabled her to receive an education and pursue a career.
the beginning, my family was very much against the idea of getting married to
someone who already had a wife,” Abu Jafar related to The Media Line. “But it
was my choice.
feel as though I’m different from others in the community because I live in
peace,” she continued. “You can’t tell the difference between my children and
[the first wife’s children]. We eat together, we go out together. They live
next door and come over freely. We live a normal life.”
Jafar, who at the age of 35 began studying and eventually graduated with a
bachelor’s degree, works in Rahat’s burgeoning tourism industry.
divide things this way: One day my husband is here, the next he’s with the
other wife,” she revealed. “If today he’s here with me, he eats dinner, sleeps,
goes to work the next morning and comes back to his second family, but he
stills sees all the children.”
the mostly positive experience, Abu Jafar does not want her daughters to follow
in her footsteps. “It’s very difficult and I don’t recommend it at all.”
Jafar may be an exception to the rule because, as Abu Shareb and others point
out, women in polygamous marriages often suffer from domestic violence, sexual
assault or depression. For these reasons, many argue that the government must
put a total stop to the practice.
lot of women don’t have any other choice,” Yarona Richardson, an expert on Bedouin
social and economic development who works in the Negev Development Authority,
said. “If they’re too old or if they want to have a child, there’s no such
thing as children outside of marriage in Bedouin society. [A Bedouin woman]
can’t go to a sperm bank, so there’s no alternative.
biggest criticism is toward the government,” she asserted. “Although they say
‘We’re against it,’ and although we’re in a democratic country and it’s
actually illegal, they still haven’t found a way to really [demonstrate] zero
tolerance towards it.”
— The Social Charity Fund (SCF), in collaboration with Nafisa Shams Academy for
Arts and Crafts, has announced the reopening of applications to the 2nd phase
of the Women’s Empowerment initiative.
at providing training and empowerment to 200 Saudi women beneficiaries of
social welfare or special needs support, the program covers an array of
training courses, including tailoring, embroidery, flower arranging and
decoupage. Each course comprises introductory workshops, such as the basics of
art and design; tailoring and embroidery; social media marketing; business models;
skills development; and counseling for trainees. On completion of the course,
the participants benefit from enhanced entrepreneurship skills and a deepened
understanding of the pillars of successful entrepreneurship projects.
an important element of a strong society, this initiative highlights the
importance of increasing women’s participation in the job market, and ensuring
they are financially independent and socially empowered.
Shams is a training center certified by the Technical and Vocational Training
Corporation since 2006. It aims to develop and support Saudi women and
facilitate their entry into the job market. Nafisa Shams provides specialized
professional and management training, as well as entrepreneurship training. It
is an initiative of Community Jameel’s Bab Rizq Jameel.
SCFis a national charitable and development organization, providing empowerment
to, and improving the living conditions of, its targeted communities. Through
its scholarship program, the SCF has provided 42,000 educational scholarships
in different fields that are in demand in the labor market. The total number of
beneficiaries from its small enterprise support program was 22,750, with a
total fund value of SR59,195,148. — SG
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is protesting Saudi Arabia’s execution this week of one of its citizens, a
domestic worker, saying the kingdom failed to notify her family or the
Indonesian government beforehand.
Tursilawati, a mother of one in her early 30s from Majalengka, Indonesia, was
executed on Monday, seven years after she was convicted of murdering her
employer in the Saudi city of Taif. A rights group, Migrant Care, has said she
was defending herself from sexual assault.
Joko Widodo of Indonesia said Wednesday that he had contacted Saudi Arabia’s
foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, to protest the kingdom’s actions.
a visit by Mr. Jubeir last week to Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, Foreign
Minister Retno Marsudi lauded the Saudi government’s commitment to better
protecting the Indonesians living and working there, according to The Straits
Times of Singapore.
are about 1.5 million documented and undocumented Indonesian workers in Saudi
Arabia, Anis Hidayah, founder of Migrant Care, said in a phone interview from
Ms. Tuti’s hometown, where officials were visiting her family to offer
Hidayah said sexual abuse, long working hours, improper housing and other
mistreatment were common for women like Ms. Tuti, working abroad in private
homes that are difficult to monitor.
Arabia has not commented on Ms. Tuti’s execution or Indonesia’s formal protest.
Tuti was the fourth Indonesian executed in Saudi Arabia since 2015, including
one, Zaini Misri, who was put to death in March. All of the executions were
carried out without first notifying Indonesian officials; the two countries
have no agreement requiring each other to do so. Other Indonesians in Saudi
Arabia are still on death row.
women from Indonesia work as maids in the Middle East and various Asian
countries, often leaving their families behind for the promise of steady
income. But safety concerns led Indonesia to temporarily bar domestic workers
from going to the Middle East from 2011 to 2013.
2015, it barred them from going to 21 countries, mostly in the Middle East,
after Saudi Arabia executed two Indonesian domestic workers in one week on
murder convictions. Many Indonesians have sought work in Saudi Arabia anyway.
two countries agreed last month to ease those restrictions, allowing a limited
number of Indonesian workers to go to Saudi Arabia. On Wednesday, Hanif
Dhakiri, the Indonesian manpower minister, said he was reviewing that decision,
The Jakarta Post reported. Ms. Hidayah and other activists are urging him to
year, Indonesia also revised its law on protecting overseas workers to improve
training for workers before they go abroad, streamline administrative services
and increase coordination among different levels of government.
officials say they have repeatedly asked Saudi officials to notify them before
executions are carried out. Lalu Muhammad Iqbal, the Indonesian Foreign
Ministry’s director for overseas citizen protection, said Ms. Tuti had spoken
to her mother on a video call less than two weeks ago, saying she was healthy
and not worried about being executed, according to The Post.
addition to facing physical abuse, migrant workers often struggle to adjust to
the cultural differences in Saudi Arabia, whose strict interpretation of
Islamic law forces foreigners to abandon many of their customs. Last week, 19
Filipina workers were arrested at a Halloween party in Riyadh, the Saudi
capital. They were temporarily released to the custody of the Philippine
Embassy on Wednesday, according to Rappler, a Philippine news site.
play a highly important role not just in the overall economic growth of a
country but also in contributing towards the financial well-being of their
UAE is no exception as a large chunk of the female population supports their
families financially. But there is room for improvement as their contribution
can make a a big difference in the nation's overall economic growth and the
well-being of their families.
to the Council on Foreign Relations, if women's participation in the UAE is
fully equal to men's, the nation's GDP can gain further by 16 per cent by 2025,
which is equal to an overall gain of $101 billion, or $10,985 per person.
terms of gender parity, the UAE has fared well on the sub-indexes of physical
security and autonomy; essential services such as healthcare, education and
financial and digital services; and gender equality at work.
indicators used to measure gender parity, four specific issues education,
financial and digital inclusion, legal protection, and unpaid care work - have
been identified that, if addressed, will do the most to achieve gender equality
at work and generate significant progress towards realising economic gains.
UAE leads the region with 100 marks in access to education for women; 59 points
on access to financial services like bank accounts and digital payments, 98
marks on better access to the Internet and mobile phones; and 21 score on
improved legal policies and protections that can help women enter the
McColl, partner and head of Indirect Tax at KPMG Lower Gulf, said in the past,
women largely occupied positions as teachers, nurses, human resource
professionals, social workers or secretaries, because these professions
demanded a higher degree of interpersonal skills that women were traditionally
perceived to possess.
participation in technical fields, such as engineering and information and
communications technology, tended to be low. However, this is changing rapidly
in developed economies, where women occupy a significant number of positions in
management in the public and private sector," she said.
to a report by the IMF, as many as 180 million jobs for women are at high risk
of being displaced globally due to new technologies and automation. However,
the KPMG UAE Female Leaders Outlook report shows that women are entrepreneurial
and well-prepared for a digital future.
pointed out that in the UAE, organisations are integrating gender diversity as
a core part of their strategic objectives and the UAE cabinet approved the
issuance of legislation to ensure equal pay for men and women earlier this
has been some discussion around establishing quotas to ensure that women have a
fair representation in the workforce, however, I believe that this should be
merit-based. In fact, the UAE Female Leaders Outlook report indicated that only
3 per cent of women felt female leadership quotas were a crucial factor for
their personal success," she added.
noted that increased participation in the workforce means that women may
influence resources and set examples for young children about gender equality
from an early age. "It provides women with financial independence, which
may drive greater prosperity for the household."
Paravia, producer of 'Hi Dubai' series dedicated to women's empowerment, said
the UAE offers a very successful model of a country where women empowerment is
the young generation see role models such as Reem Al Hashemi, Sheikha Lubna Al
Qassimi, Shamma Al Mazruei and many more having position of great
responsibility in the country, they will obviously aspire to get the same opportunity,
even if in different sectors. To follow a good example is always the best way
to motivate young women. On another prospective, sometimes financial issues are
pushing women to work, this also depends very much of the incomes of the
family. In both cases, having women to contribute actively to the society is
definitely beneficial for everyone," she said.
Azzam, founder of Mena Speakers forum, said female participation tends to be
high in sectors that reflect nurturing abilities, such as educational services,
social services, child care services, librarians and archivists.
think this is a prime example of how the progress we have made in encouraging
women in the workforce is still in line with socialised gender norms. Sectors
that seem to be more male-geared, such as technology and IT, legal services,
accountancy, lack female contribution," she said.
noted that the UAE has already taken the initiative to foster female
participation in all sectors. However, classic interventionists and corrective
measures should allow for more flexible working hours for women and mothers.
can take the form of allowing for longer maternity leaves, which in return will
encourage women to come back. This ultimately avoids the loss of talent amongst
the female population. Such changes can even begin with us. SMEs like us at
Mena Speakers can pull their weight and contribute to the diversity
opportunities out there," she added.
husband of a Pakistani Christian woman at the centre of a divisive blasphemy
case on Saturday criticised a government deal with Islamists that left her in
legal limbo, and called on authorities to protect her.
Bibi, on death row since 2010 on blasphemy charges, was acquitted by the
Supreme Court Wednesday and ordered set free, triggering protests by
ultra-conservative Islamists who paralysed Pakistan for three days.
government reached a deal on Friday to end the protests by agreeing to a travel
ban preventing Bibi from leaving the country, and saying it would not object to
hardline movements appealing the verdict.
appeal has been filed with the court.
is wrong to set a precedent in which you pile pressure onto the judiciary,”
Bibi’s husband Ashiq Masih told German Deutsche Welle radio.
said the government should never have yielded to pressure from protesters.
is a hugely inflammatory charge in Muslim-majority Pakistan, where even
unproven allegations of insulting Islam and its Prophet Mohammed can spark
attacks and killings at the hands of vigilante mobs.
Masih said the court had been “very courageous” to acquit his wife, an
illiterate mother in her 50s whose case started in 2009 while she was working
in the fields.
religious reasons, two Muslim women at the time refused to share a glass of
water with her and a fight erupted.
days later, the pair reported the incident to a local imam, who said Bibi
insulted the prophet, a charge she denies.
current situation is very dangerous for us. We have no security and are hiding
here and there, frequently changing our location,” Mr. Masih said.
lawyer fled Pakistan on Saturday, fearing for his life.
Masih demanded the government reinforce Bibi’s protection in prison, worrying
that she may be attacked. He cited the case of two Christian men who were shot
dead after a court acquitted them in another blasphemy case.
situation is dangerous for Asia. I feel that her life is not secure,” he said.
“So I appeal to government to enhance Asia’s security in jail”.
The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has organized a
special outing for former child soldiers who were forcibly recruited by the
Houthi militias in Yemen.
center sponsored a cultural field trip for 27 former child soldiers, who
visited local historical sites and several farms in the Marib,” the center said
on Thursday. The trip also included sports competitions, it added.
aims to help at least 2,000 former child soldiers, along with children who have
lost a parent or were seriously injured by land mines, to reintegrate
successfully into their families, schools and communities.
LUMPUR: Four Malaysians have become the first female pilots for their country’s
national carrier, Malaysia Airlines, which has 927 pilots.
Mak, the airline’s first female captain, told Arab News that it felt like a
solitary effort to “break into this male-dominated profession.”
she said she persevered because “all I wanted was to fly, and I wanted to fly a
jet aircraft, and it had to be a Boeing 747. That was my goal.”
added: “Financially, I supported myself in getting my pilot license. That was a
huge challenge for me as I had a limited budget to complete the course.”
said: “It’s an honor to serve my national carrier, and most importantly I
didn’t give up on that dream.”
added: “Some airlines around the world are now more receptive to having female
pilots. Overall, however, the aviation industry still has a long way to go in
Officer Hooi Wen Foo, one of the four female pilots, said her dad inspired her
to fulfil her dream.
really inspired me with all his stories about flying,” she told Arab News,
adding that it was also his dream to become a pilot when he was young. “That
dream rubbed off on me.”
a pilot was no easy task, she said. “Aviation being such a male-dominated
industry, I did have a couple of setbacks mentally. One must be mentally tough
and know their dreams and goals,” she added, thanking her male colleagues at
Malaysia Airlines for their support.
more women who know about this opportunity, the better. In this modern age,
gender shouldn’t be a barrier for anyone to achieve their dreams.”
2017, 3 percent of the 130,000 pilots worldwide were women, according to the
International Society of Women Pilots. Malaysia’s low-cost carrier AirAsia has
55 female pilots and a female CEO.
new theme park only open to women has been opened in Saudi Arabia’s Al-Khobar
city in the Eastern Province.
Time AlAzizyah, operated by Saudi leisure chain Al-Hokair Entertainment,
features a Sky Zone trampoline park and a Snow Forest – with activities such as
skiing, snowball throwing, camping, and large mazes.
the park is open to girls aged 5 and above, children between 2–10 years old are
allowed in the Snow Forest, a statement said.
new all-female-destination claims to be the first of its kind and is completely
managed by a team of women.
Al Hokair, executive vice president and general manager of the Entertainment
Sector at Al Hokair Group, said: “AlHokair Time is the largest theme park
destination in the region that offers a unique family entertainment experience.”
theme park is part of the projects under the AbdulMohsen AlHokair Group for
Tourism and Development.
opening of the new destination comes even as Saudi begins to relax rules for
women in the kingdom.
September last year, authorities allowed women inside a sports stadium in
Riyadh for a football match for the first time to mark Saudi Arabia’s national
January, three stadiums in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam were also opened up to
accommodate women for events.
what seemed like an unrelenting summer, the new polo season at the Ghantoot
Racing & Polo Club kicked off with a splash of colour and an all-action
polo match on a windy Friday afternoon.
opening day of the 2018-2019 season at the UAE's only Royal polo club is
traditionally dedicated to Pink Polo Day, an initiative aimed at raising
awareness about breast-cancer, something that Ghantoot has comfortably been
supporting for close to a decade.
so it was that hundreds of enthusiastic revellers came together at the
picturesque club to soak up the variety of entertainment, a high-calibre polo
match and above all join the crusade to fight the dreaded disorder.
was made at Ghantoot when Sheikha Maitha bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,
skippered the first-ever all-woman Emirati team in an exhibition match against
the gentleman's team of skilled national polo players.
Maitha and her Ghantoot A team comprising Sheikha Mozah Marwan Mohammad Hasher
Al Maktoum, Sheikha Alyaa Marwan Mohammad Hasher Al Maktoum and Maryam Ahmad
Hassani, finished on the losing side against Ghantoot Goes Pink, featuring
Abdullah bin Dasmal, Yousif bin Dasmal, Faris Al Yabhouni and Ali Al Merri.
being defeated there were plenty of positives that the women's team took home
having kept a strong presence and stayed in the game against the more
experienced and skilled Emirati men's team.
Maitha looked the standout player in Ghantoot A where she scored three
scintillating goals, one in each of the first three chukkers.
goes without saying that the girls team will come back stronger in their next
match after working on their movement and co-ordination, something that will
help raise their standard of play.
bin Dasmal and Faris Al Yabhouni showed that they will be a force to reckon
with during the rest of the polo season when they struck six goals each.
are early days and we have a lot to look forward to," said bin Dasmal.
"Full credit to Sheikha Maitha and her team, they made a promising start.
Obviously they need the experience, but that will come in due course.
happy with the way I played and felt out there.
Sultan bin Falah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, was the chief guest and distributed the
prizes to the winners.
UAE leadership believes in women's vital contribution to the society and offers
them equal opportunities and facilities to enhance their role in building the
country's economy, says a leading women entrepreneur.
Raja Al Gurg, president of the Dubai Business Women Council (DBWC), said the
UAE Cabinet's endorsement of a bill that ensures equal pay for men and women is
an indication of the support that is provided to Emirati women.
attributed Emirati women's accomplishments in various sectors to His Highness
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the
UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who believes that women occupy an important role in
developing Dubai's economy.
Gurg, who is also a managing director and member of the board of directors of
the Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group, shared some details of the DBWC's strategy in the
next five years to promote women's role in economic activities. The strategy,
which will be launched soon and implemented during 2018-22, is expected to
balance the needs of its members with the government's strategic plans of UAE
Vision 2021 and the Dubai Plan 2021.
Gurg identified three key pillars of the council's new strategy. The first
pillar includes expanding into global markets to attract businesswomen who can
contribute to the development of Dubai's business community. This objective can
be achieved by organising trade missions to foreign markets and by
participating in global exhibitions and conferences such as Expo 2020.
second pillar includes developing the content of the council's workshops to
include up-to-date topics such as AI and blockchain technology. The third
pillar includes developing the council's network of relationships in order to
benefit its members.
Gurg indicated that the council aims to increase the number of its members by
60 per cent by year-end.
DWBC's membership is expected to exceed the 900-member mark in 2018," she
Gurg said the DBWC is working on a strategic plan to highlight the role of
Emirati businesswomen in the UAE's economic vision at Expo 2020.
council is finalising a plan to organise a variety of events and activities
during Expo 2020 in order to attract businesswomen from participating countries
to Dubai and assist them in opening businesses in the emirate," Al Gurg
told Khaleej Times.
said the council would organise activities spanning the six month duration of
Expo 2020, which will focus on attracting businesswomen who work in specific
sectors that are in line with the country's future strategic plans. The council
will organise economic delegations and business meetings to attract foreign
businesswomen by highlighting the various benefits provided to working women in
the emirate's business community, she said.
Gurg said the council would focus on attracting prominent female Emirati
entrepreneurs who manage small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and have proven
their ability to succeed in the emirate's competitive business environment.
said the council is reviewing its schedule of future events and activities and
it will add strategic topics and themes that aim to increase the
competitiveness of its members and help them develop their skills and
council is working on expanding its local and global network of contacts and
relationships to enhance the skills and expertise of its members. This goal can
achieved by hosting foreign delegations and organising trade missions,"
Gurg also highlighted the council's support for the Dubai Chamber's bid to host
the 12th World Chambers Congress in 2021. She said Dubai has the capability and
the cultural diversity to host a congress that upholds Dubai's prominent global
congress will allow the DBWC to organise meetings and activities with
representatives of more than 14,000 chambers of commerce, which will help the
council expand its network of contacts and shine a light on the services it
provides," she said.
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