(MENAFN – Khaleej Times)
Expo 2020 Dubai will be the first World’s Fair since 1900 to have a pavilion exclusively for women. The pavilion will focus on gender parity and women’s empowerment issues while recognizing their achievements.
Hend Alowais, Vice President, International Participants at Expo said that women all over the world are facing challenges and trying to overcome obstacles to self-determination and therefore it is important to have a pavilion to celebrate their accomplishments.
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“So having a space where we recognize them, we honor them, where we bring the world together to gather for this cause … around the gender equality agenda and gender empowerment is hugely important,” she said on Thursday at the unveiling of the creative content and programming for the pavilion in collaboration with Cartier.
The idea behind the women’s pavilion is to take the opportunity when the world gathers in Dubai and amplify women’s voices and concerns. It aims to celebrate the significant – and often forgotten – contributions of women by demonstrating an important principle: when women flourish, all of humanity flourishes. The United Arab Emirates has made great strides in gender equality. Half of the UAE parliament is made up of women. Many high-ranking ministerial and diplomatic posts are also held by Emirati women.
Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General of Expo 2020 Dubai, said although progress has been made on gender equality and women’s empowerment, more needs to be done.
“By welcoming visitors from all over the world and from all walks of life, Expo 2020 Dubai is a unique, high-performance platform that will give this topic the attention it deserves.”
Stressing that gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE) has been a core principle of the UAE since its inception 50 years ago, the minister said: “If we don’t focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment , we will be at the pace that we need. “
Speaking at the event, Sophie Doireau, General Manager of Cartier Middle East and India said, “ We strongly believe that empowering women empowers everyone and benefits the world.
Stressing the need to raise awareness, she said that small steps bring change, whether through a family, community, NGO, or through government policy decisions.
Constellation of stars
A collective of women designed the facade of the pavilion. With a “constellation of stars,” the pavilion will celebrate the accomplishments of both ordinary and extraordinary women who make a difference in their own way, she said. The pavilion will provide a majlis, a vibrant and inclusive space for everyone – including artists, scientists, thought leaders, politicians, entrepreneurs, and business leaders – to have constructive and solution-oriented conversations about women’s empowerment. During the six months of Expo 2020, the Women’s Pavilion will host a series of events, programs, and meaningful dialogues to increase knowledge and understanding of gender equality and women’s empowerment.
These include a Women’s World Majlis, to address the role of women in creating a cleaner, safer and healthier world, and the “Women in Arabia and Islam” series, which highlights real-life stories of women being brought about by the History led and others inspire women from all over the world to reach new heights. Expo 2020 and Cartier will also celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, 2022 by hosting a global forum under the theme “Creating New Perspectives”.
Anjana Sankar Anjana Sankar is a journalist from the United Arab Emirates who follows global stories about conflict, migration and human rights. She has reported on the fronts of the wars in Yemen and Syria and has written extensively on the refugee crisis in Bangladesh, Iraq and Europe. From interviews with Daesh militants to being embedded in the United Arab Emirates’ army in Yemen to earthquakes, floods, terrorist attacks and elections, she has emerged unscathed from the world’s most dangerous conflict areas. With over 14 years of experience, Anjana is currently Assistant Editor at Khaleej Times and heads the reporting team. On her Facebook page, which has more than 40,000 followers, she often talks about empowering women. Click / tap to subscribe to the Khaleej Times news coverage on Telegram.
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