For the first time since 1900, Dubai Expo 2020 will be the first world exposition to have a pavilion dedicated to women. Taking place in Dubai from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022, the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region – Expo 2020 Dubai promises to celebrate women changemakers around the world.
UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director-General, Reem Al Hashimy added, “The international community has made progress in gender equality and women’s empowerment, but much more needs to be done. By welcoming visitors from across the planet and from every walk of life, Expo 2020 Dubai is a unique, powerful platform that will drive the necessary attention to this issue.”
Hend Alowais, Vice President, International Participants at EXPO, said women all over the world are facing challenges and trying to overcome obstacles to empowerment, making it important to have a pavilion to celebrate their accomplishments. “So, to have a space where we recognise them, we honor them where we rally the world to come together around this cause…around the agenda of gender equality and empowerment, is hugely important,” she said, speaking at a press conference on Thursday to unveil the creative content and programming for the Women’s Pavilion in collaboration with Cartier.
Also speaking at the event, Sophie Doireau, Managing Director of Cartier Middle East and India, said, “We strongly believe that empowering women, empowers everyone and benefits the world.” Through the six months of Expo 2020, the Women’s Pavilion will host a wide range of events – including meaningful discussions on bridging gender disparity in the workplace to women’s empowerment in the grassroots level. The aim of all this is to spark important dialogues in order to drive sustainable change in these areas.