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The WEEGS is a significant collaboration between NAMA and UN Women, addressing women participation in the economy and the advancement of women in professional paths, and promoting equal opportunities for women entrepreneurs locally and globally.

It also aims to contribute to advancing the women’s economic agenda of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Additionally, the summit will advance discussions with international decision-makers on best practices for women advancement and empowerment economically and professionally, as well as present strategies, opportunities, and case studies to empower women in sectors where they are underrepresented (including – but not limited to – procurement, finance, city planning and STEM) and  encourage organisations’ commitment for action.

Our Joint Effort



In line with the UAE’s vision and support of women’s empowerment, both locally and globally, NAMA, in partnership with UN Women, hosted the first Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Summit in Sharjah in 2017.

The first edition of the biennial summit, was a success with more than 800 people in attendance, and more than 70 speakers, panelists and researchers, who tackled topics relating to women’s economic empowerment issues in specific sectors including logistics, city planning, finance and media.

Gender-responsive procurement and virtual learning, were highlighted as successful strategies for women’s economic empowerment, and the summit also shed light on the cost of violence against women to the economy. In addition, the summit brought together more than 15 local and global entities whom pledged to support women through specific actions, and created a taskforce to collect data about the representation of women in different sectors.


The second edition of the Summit in 2019 will continue these important conversations and efforts, create a platform to discuss other emerging areas related to women’s economic empowerment, showcase the results of the flagship programme, and the commitments pledged by the entities.

The UN Women’s flagship programme, “Stimulating Equal Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs” is also in partnership with NAMA, and is being implemented on a global level, in South-Africa and the United Arab Emirates.
The programme focuses on:

  • Gender-responsive procurement
  • Women’s participation in value chains
  • The Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs)
  • Women’s access to finance.

The results of the programme will contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by creating a better business ecosystem for women, and equip them with the skills they need to succeed in the workplace and marketplace.


Attendance and Audience

The WEEGS 2017 brought together high-profile officials and international thought leaders on women’s rights and empowerment, gender equity advocates, governmental, non-governmental and private sector representatives, and academics, who can influence global policies and inform grassroot actions.

In its second edition, the WEEGS expects to attract 1,000 people for whom women’s economic empowerment is a top priority, to learn, exchange experiences, and network.

Women – Reality and Ambitions