Under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of NAMA Women Advancement Establishment (NAMA), NAMA and UN Women held the first edition of the biennial Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Summit (WEEGS) on December 4 and 5, 2017 at the Expo Centre Sharjah.
Women Excelling in the Economy
The Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Summit is a significant collaboration between NAMA and UN Women. The Summit objective was to support women’s equal opportunities in local, regional and global value chains as entrepreneurs, business owners and employees. It propelled ongoing efforts to deliver on the women’s economic empowerment dimensions of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Summit initiated a discussion with international decisionmakers on the development of the flagship programme on ”Stimulating Equal Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs” and attracted women entrepreneurs and business owners, and showcased strategies, opportunities, and case studies relevant to women’s economic empowerment. Focus was placed on women’s access to procurement and non-traditional sectors such as finance and city planning. A central aim of the Summit was to encourage organisations’ commitment for action.
WEEGS 2017 brought together key stakeholders shaping global policies. More than 800 participants attended, including international gender equality experts, women’s empowerment and human rights advocates and experts, government representatives, civil society, thought-leaders, private sector industry leaders and women entrepreneurs.
The Summit had more than 20 sessions, including, sector- specific technical sessions, motivational Power Talks and Youth Sessions, and a NAMA pitch event for women owned-business.
The pitch event, which was in coordination with Women Investing in Women, gave 13 women from across the world a platform to pitch to a panel of jury members and a room full of investors. The women benefited from international exposure, enhanced opportunities to access to capital, and meeting with people who could make future partnership and collaboration possible.