Dubai: The European Union (EU) has hosted a high-level global forum at Expo 2020 Dubai to discuss best policy practices to accelerate women’s empowerment and increase women’s participation in the 21st century labor market.
The talk brought together political, business and social leaders who are making a positive difference in society around the world. Several prominent government officials, business leaders, philanthropists, behavioral researchers, and historians highlighted the positive and diverse contributions women make to society. They also proposed solutions to gender-based discrimination and the role of men in ensuring gender equality.
The forum called on working parents to take urgent policy measures to create a more equitable, family-friendly work environment and improve work-life balance. In addition, the move shows that some governments are at the heart of their women’s rehabilitation programs to build better women and create a more flexible and inclusive society.
The event was co-organized by the Embassies of Slovenia, Spain and Sweden, the Italian Expo 2020 Dubai General Commissariat and the United Nations Women’s Office, and Cartier at the Expo 2020 Dubai Women’s Pavilion.
The forum participants included Andrea Matteo Fontana, EU Ambassador to the UAE; Mona Ghanim Al-Marri, Vice President of the Gender Equality Council of the UAE; Princess Lamia Bint Majed Al Saud, philanthropist and advocate for gender equality at Alwaleed Philanthropies; Christer Nilsson, Swedish Secretary of State for Foreign Trade and Nordic Relations; Mateja Ribi, State Secretary, Minister of Labor, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities of the Republic of Slovenia; Stefan Schleuning, Head of the EU Foreign Policy Instrument Unit (FPI); Dr. Mouza Al Shehhi, Director of the UN Office for the Coordination of Women’s Affairs; and Veronica Sweeney, CEO of Mapei.
In her remarks, Mona Ghanim Al-Marri said: “I would like to thank the representatives of the European Union and their partners for organizing this event, bringing together world leaders and experts and engaging in an impressive dialogue. women. One of our main goals at the UAE Gender Equality Council is to turn the discussions that take place during these events into effective, collaborative, clear plans and feasible strategies that take full advantage of women’s potential and enhance their vital role in social and economic development. that is. the world. “
She said: “Today, government leaders are more aware than ever of the importance of empowering women’s economies and ensuring gender balance to develop sustainable economies, promote national development and build a prosperous society. Based on the Council’s experience, we work to improve women’s economic rights based on global reports and understand women’s economic best practices. We hope that through our joint efforts, we will continue to make significant progress in empowering women around the world. ”
“Involvement of men and boys”
EU Ambassador for Gender and Diversity Stella Ronner-Gruba addressed the first panel discussion on “Empowering Women at All Stages of Her Professional Career”. , we need a comprehensive approach that involves both men and boys. And we need to realize that we want to change something and we need to start now. “
Speaking at the second panel on “Family-Friendly Policy and More Equitable Distribution of Child Care”, Mateja Ribi, State Secretary of the Ministry of Labor, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities of the Republic of Slovenia, said: “Slovenia is one of the best families in the world. one of the policy. Projects such as Action Dad encourage parents to participate equally in the upbringing and care of their children. In addition, thanks to a well-regulated kindergarten system that allows women to move quickly into the labor market, Slovenia has the highest proportion of women with young children and full-time workers in the EU, with a small wage gap. . “
“Gender equality boosts economic growth”
Christer Nilsson, State Secretary of the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Trade and Nordic Relations, said during a third panel discussion on “Policy Measures and Exchange of Best Practices” that empowering women is the key to sustainable development. There is ample evidence that gender equality increases economic growth. Sweden has a feminist government with a feminist foreign policy that focuses on the rights, representation and resources of women and girls. Gender perspectives are at the heart of all our work, not just trade policy. Gender equality is good not only for society but also for business. “
Hind Alovais, Vice President of International Exhibition at Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “The Expo 2020 Dubai Women’s Pavilion is pleased to be working with Cartier to create a space for important conversations with key partners. The conference on “Women and Career Progress” highlighted the necessary strategies and policies, such as childcare, flexible work schedules, and quotas to promote more women in leadership positions. However, if the goal is real and irreversible gender equality, we need to move the wheel of culture, renew our thinking, and eliminate the visible, invisible norms and prejudices that hold women back. ”
Participants were invited to a luncheon hosted by Ambassador of the Kingdom of Sweden to the UAE Liselott Andersson and Ambassador of the EU to the UAE Andrea Matteo Fontana at the Swedish Pavilion, as well as the opening of the company’s Emirates Fathers photo exhibition. Swedish photographer Johan Bavman.