Women Economic Empowerment Global Summit 2019
Dec 10 & 11, 2019

The Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Summit (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

The 2030 Agenda for sustainable development adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015 reinforced the inextricable link between gender equality, human rights, economic growth and environmental sustainability. Gender equality and women’s empowerment is a priority throughout the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Innovative multi-stakeholder partnerships and transformative action are necessary for achieving the SDGs. UN Women has developed a series of high-impact flagship programmes to deepen its efforts and achieve transformative results.

In line with the UAE’s vision and support of women empowerment, both locally and globally, NAMA Women Advancement Establishment announced its support to the flagship programme “Entrepreneurship and gender-responsive procurement” during the UN General Assembly in 2016. NAMA also announced that it will be hosting in partnership with UN Women, the Women Economic Empowerment Global Summit in Sharjah in 2017.

Additionally, the summit will initiate discussions with international decision-makers on the development of the the flagship programme on entrepreneurship and gender-responsive procurement, help secure the interest of women entrepreneurs and business owners, as well as present strategies, opportunities, and case studies to empower women in non-traditional sectors (including – but not limited to – procurement,finance, city planning) that will encourage organisations’ commitment for action.

The Summit will be held every two years, and will focus on women’s achievements in various economic sectors, give women access to the market and emerging economic sectors, as well as provide a platform to share best practices and commitment to action to create and enabling economy for women.

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

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