The Dubai Women's Foundation (DWF) is organizing the International Women's Forum - Dubai 2020 under the slogan “The Power of Influence”, on 16 and 17 February, in Madinat Jumeirah.

Her Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the UAE Gender Balance Council and President of Dubai Women Foundation, said: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, represents a new achievement in addition to the series of continuous achievements of the UAE in various fields, as it is a leading global platform to highlight the global trends on women and their role in the economy, society and public life, And what h Time achievements ».

She stressed that the advancement of Emirati women and their success and affirmation of their role in the future march of the State, a priority in the national strategy, a continuation of the support march established by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul, who worked to empower women and encourage them to engage in all areas.

She added that the UAE has proved its efficiency and responsibility in various sectors and jobs, and reached the highest positions with the support and encouragement of our leadership, so that the UAE experience in supporting women has become a model to be followed globally, pointing out that this support goes beyond local affairs, but goes beyond to lead and support global efforts to empower women, Including the adoption and support of the State to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, of which women are an important focus. Her Highness praised the continuous support provided by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to the UAE, and his keenness to increase its participation in the economic, social and scientific life, and support its excellence globally, which clearly reflects the priority of women in the vision and approach of our leadership and strategic plans of the state.

big success

Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum pointed out that hosting and organizing the Dubai Women's Forum for the 2020 edition of the Forum comes in light of the success achieved by the 2016 session, which was organized for the first time in the Middle East and North Africa, with the participation of 3000 government officials and leaders of institutions. Experts, academics, intellectuals and representatives of international organizations, reflect the trust and appreciation of the international community for the UAE to host and succeed major global events.

Her Highness added that the organization of the 2020 session of this important event on women's affairs at the global level to Dubai Women's Establishment coincides with the historic shift witnessed in the march of supporting women in the UAE, raising the proportion of representation in the Federal National Council to 50% of the total number of members. To become the UAE with this step among the countries of the world, in terms of the proportion of female representation in parliament, to complement this political role of women with their successful role at the economic and social levels and reached the advanced educational levels at the global level, where women constitute about 70% of university graduates In the state, and About 56% of the graduates in the fields of information technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation in public universities, in addition to the literacy rate among females in the country is one of the highest global rates, reaching about 95.8%. Her Highness considered that the forum is an opportunity to highlight the successes of the UAE, in addition to its importance in reviewing the successful international experiences in supporting women and exchanging views on the best ways to overcome the challenges faced by women, health, education and social, in many regions of the world, and benefit Development efforts and plans, which require more concerted efforts and cooperation at the global level and the recognition of the positive impact of the role of women. She noted that there is cooperation and partnership between the Dubai Women's Foundation and many international bodies and organizations to activate this role, one of which is the organization of the International Women's Forum 2020.

clear vision

For her part, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Dubai Women Foundation Managing Director, Mona Ghanem Al Marri, the Foundation's keenness to organize programs and events that will translate the vision of the wise leadership, to enhance the role of women in the development process, and to cross the country to a new phase of work and achievements in various fields. She added that «the Foundation works according to a clear vision to strengthen the status of Emirati women, and reach them to global leadership, through innovative initiatives and programs and strong partnerships and targeted locally and internationally, including the themes of the strategic plan of the Foundation 2017-2021, which in turn stem from the Dubai Plan 2021, and the UAE Vision 2021, towards Increase the level of participation of women in society, especially in the economic field, and enhance their representation in decision-making centers in public and private institutions. She revealed that the Forum focuses on four main themes, including the role of women in government, economy, society and the future, and ways to strengthen this role, and is currently studying the working sessions and the list of speakers from various sectors.

Manal bint Mohammed:

“The award of the most important event on women's issues globally to Dubai Women Foundation coincides with the historic shift in the process of supporting women in the UAE.”

Mona Al Marri: A qualitative leap

“The Global Women Forum 2020, with its objectives, sessions and partnerships, is in this direction and translates the objectives and axes of the strategic plan of the Foundation, which emphasizes the importance of implementing strategic partnerships with the entities and bodies supporting "Both the public and private sectors are capable of making a qualitative leap in the profile of women, with Emirati representation in international forums."


The Forum focuses on the role of women in government, economy, society and the future.


Next February, the Global Forum will be launched in Madinat Jumeirah.