UN Women

UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.

UN Women supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality, and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programmes and services needed to ensure that the standards are effectively implemented and truly benefit women and girls worldwide. It works globally to make the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals a reality for women and girls and stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life, focusing on five priority areas:

  • Increasing women’s leadership and participation;
  • Ending violence against women;
  • Engaging women in all aspects of peace and security processes;
  • Enhancing women’s economic empowerment;
  • And making gender equality central to national development planning and budgeting.

UN Women also coordinates and promotes the UN system’s work in advancing gender equality, and in all deliberations and agreements linked to the 2030 Agenda. The entity works to position gender equality as fundamental to the Sustainable Development Goals, and a more inclusive world.


UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. UNHCR was created in 1950, during the aftermath of the Second World War, to help millions of Europeans who had fled or lost their homes.

Since its inception, UNHCR has been working to ensure that everybody around the world has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge, having fled violence, persecution, war or disaster at home. UNHCR has provided vital assistance to refugees, asylum-seekers, internally displaced and stateless people across multiple continents.

The Global Network of Peacebuilders

The Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) is a coalition of women’s groups and other civil society organizations from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America, Eastern and Western Europe and the Middle East and Arab World, mostly from conflict-affected countries. GNWP Board, management and staff are experts in advocating for women’s leadership to be at the core of all efforts in peacebuilding, conflict prevention and sustaining peace. It has demonstrated impact in bringing local voices to influence global policies on women’s rights, peace and security; and in translating global policies into practical actions that improve the lives of local populations.

Arab International Women’s Forum

The Arab International Women’s Forum (AIWF) has a clear aim to support and enhance the role of women in the social and economic development of their countries and across the Middle East region.

The Arab International Women‘s Forum (AIWF), established in 2001 as an independent not for profit organisation, is a unique network linking Arab women with their international counterparts and serves as the voice of Arab women, showcasing their development, ability and competence in business, professional and public life, creating greater global awareness of women’s success and prospects in the Arab world.

Now in its second decade of fulfilling its mission of Building Bridges, Building Business, the Arab International Women’s Forum has been an agent of change for women in the Arab region, encouraging their potential to take greater leadership roles and reach higher levels of responsibility in all sectors of business, public life and in civil society while at the same time contributing to the progress and prosperity of their families and communities.

Education For Employment

Education for Employment (EFE) is the leading nonprofit that trains youth and links them to jobs across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).  This pivotal region is the hardest place on the planet for youth to get their first job – they are three times more likely to be unemployed than older adults.

EFE believes in the positive power of youth in MENA. We are confident that youth can transform the trajectory of the region if we give them the chance.  So, we built a network operating in nine countries across the region to bring this vision to life. Through the EFE Network, we match businesses that need qualified employees with young women and men seeking a job, whom we train with skills to succeed on the job and in life.

The Big Heart Foundation

The Big Heart Foundation was established in May 2015 by Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammad Al Qasimi, Chairperson of NAMA Women Advancement Establishment and Wife of the Ruler of Sharjah.

The organisation was set up to convene the wide-reaching humanitarian efforts based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with the aim of helping children and their families in vulnerable situations outside of the UAE. The Big Heart Foundation’s mission is to work wherever support is most needed and has actioned change in many countries, including Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Iraq and Syria, among others.

Originally set up as a fundraising campaign in June 2013, The Big Heart Foundation was developed into a full-fledged foundation, in 2015, to act as an umbrella organisation for overseeing the extensive international humanitarian support under the patronage of HH Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi.

School of Social Entrepreneurs

The School of Social Entrepreneurs’ vision is a fair and equal society where the potential of all people is fully realised.

The School helps 1,000 people a year develop the skills, strengths and networks they need to tackle society’s biggest problems. They run courses that equip people to start, scale and strengthen organisations that make a positive difference. But they’re not a traditional school. Learning with SSE is inspiring, action-based and accessible. They support people in other ways too, such as funding and mentoring. Lord Michael Young founded SSE in 1997, and we’ve grown to a network of schools across the UK, Canada and India. Together, we’re changing lives and transforming communities.

University of Sharjah

The University of Sharjah is a comprehensive academic institution with a distinctive learning style and a global vision. It is a pioneer in academia, scientific research and the arts in the UAE and the GCC region. All programs are accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. Some programs such as Engineering, Communication, Science and Business have attained international accreditation.

The University of Sharjah strives to be among the most reputable and comprehensive universities in the Middle East and internationally. The University will maintain excellence in teaching and learning, research, and sustainable academic programs that provide quality services to the community and contribute to the well-being of society.

Shbeemann Consulting

Shbeemann Consulting is a consulting firm with a focus on education. It aims to find solutions based on global best practices and local context, through working with ministries of education, educational institutions and companies providing educational services around the world.

Shbeemann Consulting services cover strategic planning and innovation, feasibility studies, building and developing governance systems, quality assurance, curriculum development, professional development, partnership building and research.

The firm’s approach ensures that outputs are sustainable through providing the necessary expertise and solutions tailored to the local context, as well as capacity building for the implementation team in order to ensure project continuity.

Pearl Initiative

Prominent business leaders from across the Gulf Region formed the Pearl Initiative in 2010 to create a non-profit vehicle for the Private Sector to collectively take a lead in adopting higher standards in corporate governance, accountability and transparency.

The Pearl Initiative believes that proactively raising standards in these areas enhances business innovation, opportunity and value creation. In other words, at the company level, it simply makes good business sense. At the sector and regional level, high standards of corporate governance and integrity are key drivers of competitiveness, investment, job creation and sustainable economic growth.