About the campaign

The campaign, titled "International Women's Day: Voices of Women from the UAE and EU", aims to promote intergenerational dialogue between women from different backgrounds to discuss women's issues. The focus is on bringing together the perspectives and experiences of women of different ages and backgrounds to promote a shared understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing women today.

Throughout the campaign, short video vignettes featuring pairs of remarkable women from the UAE and the EU will be released, covering different themes related to gender equality and women's empowerment. These women will share their insights on how to advance gender equality and empower women, responding to thought-provoking questions that will provoke deeper reflection on the issues.

The EU and the UAE have both made significant strides towards empowering women in their respective regions. The EU has been at the forefront of gender equality, with policies and initiatives that promote women's participation and leadership in all sectors of society, including through our Gender Equality Strategy. On the other hand, the UAE has made remarkable progress in recent years, with a number of initiatives aimed at increasing women's participation in the workforce and promoting their leadership in various fields.

By working together, the EU and the UAE can build on their respective strengths and experiences to create a more equal and empowering future for women both within their countries and beyond. This campaign is just one example of the EU and the UAE's commitment to working together towards gender equality and women's empowerment. By organizing this campaign, we hope to inspire action towards a more equal and empowering future for women.

How has your personal experience shaped your understanding of gender equality?

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Her Highness Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan

President & CEO of the UAE Independent Climate Change Accelerators

How do you contribute to making gender equality a reality around you?



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Dr Lamya Nawaf Fawwaz

Executive Director, Brand and Strategic Initiatives, Masdar

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How can we address the key challenges that women are facing today in terms of realising gender equality?

Géraldine Van der Stichele

Senior Vice-President Operations, STIB

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Rola Abu Manneh

Chief Executive Officer, Standard Chartered Bank, UAE

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How have your personal experiences shaped your drive for gender equality?

Agnes Uhereczky

Senior Manager at Deloitte Consulting

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Dr Nadia Bastaki

Chief Human Resources, Etihad Airways

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Which concrete actions can institutions, governments, and organisations implement to promote effective gender equality?

Birgit Van Hout

Director, Brussels Office, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

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HE Dr. Maryam Mohamed Fatima Matar

Founder and Chairperson, Sheikh Zayed Genetic Research Center and UAE Genetic Diseases Association

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How can we collectively empower the next generation of women to become agents of change?

Dr. Raja Easa Al Gurg

Chairperson and Managing Director, Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group

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Claire Godding

Senior Expert Diversity, Inclusion & Societal Needs, Co-Chair Women in Finance

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What should men do to advance gender equality at the workplace?

Mina Al-Oraibi

Editor-in-Chief, The National

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Bea Ercolini

Founder of Beabee, of the Brussels’ Women Business Club , and the NGO TPAMP against sexism

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What strategies have you successfully used to navigate male-dominated spaces?

Brigitte Dreyfuss

Producer and Consultant

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Nayla Al Khaja

First female film writer, director and producer in the UAE

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