Emarati Women in Diplomacy, Emarati Leaders Gathering organized by Dubai Women Establishment

WAM DUBAI, July 23, 2013 WAM — Dubai Women Establishment last night welcomed Sheikha Najla Mohammed Al Qasimi, the UAE Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden, to speak on the role of Emarati Women in Diplomacy as part of the Emarati Leaders Gathering, held in the presence of a large number of leading UAE figures.

The session addressed the challenges of women involved in diplomatic work in the UAE, the importance of international representation of women, the obstacles and challenges they face, and the role and impact of family and the media on enhancing the image of Emarati women as the most important figure in the process of construction and comprehensive development of the UAE.

In an opening address, Shamsa Saleh, CEO of DWE said, “Emarati women have today become an important partner in decision-making in the UAE, as they have assumed the highest positions with four female ministers in the government, which is one of the highest female representations in the Arab world. There are also seven female members out of 40 members in the Federal National Council in its current session, which accounts for 17.5% of members, and female ambassadors appointed in Sweden, Spain and Montenegro, plus Consul-General in Milan. This would not have been achieved without the support of our wise leadership that paved the way for us to participate effectively in driving growth forward.” “In Dubai Women Establishment, under the guidance of Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Women Establishment, we strive to support UAE women and to highlight their effective role, to have a greater representation on the international stage thus contributing to enhancing the competitiveness of the UAE on the global level,” she added.

Sheikha Najla Mohammed Al Qasimi, UAE ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden, spoke during the forum about the support of the UAE leadership and government for women, as they opened doors to women to join the diplomatic corps in 2000, and have commissioned women as diplomats abroad since 2005.

Sheikha Najla touched on the definition of the concept and functions of diplomatic work, and the most important challenges facing women at the professional and family level, such as general culture, and cultural differences with the host country, and getting used to the protocol procedures of the host country, as well as women’s work abroad with the presence of the husband in the country, and the difficulties faced by children in coping with new cultures, languages and religious differences. She pointed out how to overcome those challenges through knowledge, vocational counseling, volunteer work, and expanding professional networks, all of which contribute to psychological satisfaction and institutional knowledge acquisition, and to facilitate career communication.

In conclusion, Sheikha Najla thanked the Dubai Women Establishment for hosting her at the Emarati Leaders Gathering, noting that the presence of the Dubai Women Establishment in the Board of Women for Sustainable Growth in Sweden, confirms the keenness of the Establishment to promote continuous cooperation with governments and international institutions and Academia, thus contributing to the development of Emarati women.

The Dubai Women Establishment launched the “Emarati Leaders Gathering” to act as a platform for the exchange of ideas and research results, and to discuss past experiences and inspiring success stories as part of its strategy to support working Emarati women and strengthen their position and capacity to play an active role in the community.

Previous editions of the Emarati Leaders Gathering have hosted a number of local and international women leaders, including: Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi – Minister of Foreign Trade, Maitha Al Shamsi – UAE Minister of State, Reem Al Hashemi – UAE Minister of State, Dr. Anwar Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Minister of Federal National Council Affairs, Abdullah Nasser Lootah, Secretary-General of the Emirates Competitiveness Council, Dr. Moza Obaid Ghubash, President of the Board of Trustees of the Sheikha Shamsa bint Suhail Award for Creative Women, and Dr. Salwa Al Jassar, member of the Kuwaiti National Assembly, in addition to a number of members of the Federal National Council.

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