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Here’s How Expo 2020 Dubai Will Further UAE’s Efforts to Empower Women

Her Excellency Reem Bint Ibrahim Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director-General of Expo 2020 Dubai. Photo: Wam

Adding to the UAE’s efforts towards women empowerment, Expo 2020 Dubai has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the UAE Gender Balance Council to further cooperation between the two bodies during the course of the event.

Signed virtually by Her Excellency Reem Bint Ibrahim Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director-General of Expo 2020 Dubai, and Her Excellency Mona Ghanem Al Marri, Vice President of the UAE Gender Balance Council, the MoU outlines the Council’s goals to highlight the UAE’s strides in gender parity.


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Her Excellency Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashimy said in a statement, “This memorandum was made possible with the support of HH Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and the tireless efforts of the UAE Gender Balance Council. The progress and success of Emirati women are key to enhancing the UAE’s global standing, and are the result of the foundations laid by our founding fathers that continue to be implemented by our wise leadership.”

She added, “Expo 2020 Dubai will be a global gathering during the UAE’s Golden Jubilee when we celebrate the achievements of our nation and look forward to the next fifty years. We will share our vision with the world and showcase the strength of cooperation through our country’s achievements over the past five decades. We will work with participating countries, organizations and the international community to shed light on our achievements and future goals in promoting gender balance worldwide, utilizing history’s most comprehensive Expo 2020 Dubai as a platform.”

The Expo 2020 Dubai Women’s Pavilion. Photo: Dubai Media Office

Her Highness Sheikha Manal Bint Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the UAE Gender Balance Council, President of Dubai Women Establishment, and wife of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, said, “Expo 2020 Dubai is a milestone in the UAE’s journey of continuous development, a journey that can be seen in our country’s record of pioneering projects and achievements across many important fields. With the participation of 191 countries creating a truly global platform, the event will also serve as a celebration of the UAE’s Golden Jubilee and the beginning of a new era of exceptional achievements for the next 50 years.”

Her Excellency Mona Ghanem Al Marri shared how Expo 2020 Dubai is the perfect platform for the UAE Gender Balance Council to highlight information through activities, meaningful sessions, and fruitful discussions about the nation’s current and future endeavors on gender equality, as well as collaborate with global organizations committed to increasing the same.

The MoU follows the decision to have a dedicated women’s pavilion in partnership with Cartier at the event. It makes Expo 2020 Dubai the first world expo since the 1900s to have a pavilion that is exclusively dedicated to disseminating information on the causes of gender equality as well as women empowerment. The pavilion also aims to share and celebrate the vast achievements and contributions of women throughout history.

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