His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Sunday, praised the efforts of the team headed by Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for organising the Global Women’s Forum Dubai 2020.
He also thanked the UAE Gender Balance Council and Dubai Women Establishment for their contributions.
“Today, I attended the opening session of the Global Women’s Forum Dubai 2020, with international attendance of more than 3,000 officials from 87 countries. We praise the efforts of the team headed by Manal bint Mohammed for organizing such international event. We also thank the UAE Gender Balance Council and Dubai Women Establishment for showing a bright picture of the Emirati woman and her skills,” Sheikh Mohammed tweeted.
“We are proud of UAE’s achievements, and we are thankful for the efforts of the mother of UAE, Sheikha Fatema bint Mubarak, as the UAE is now at an advanced position when it comes to empowering women. A third of the government members are women, and half of the Federal National Council are women, and 70 per cent of all university graduates are women.”
Ivanka Trump, the daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, on Sunday delivered the keynote address at the two-day Global Women’s Forum in Dubai.
Ivanka Trump lauded a couple of Middle Eastern countries such as the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia for embarking on “significant reforms” to advance women’s rights, while speaking at a gathering of women entrepreneurs and regional leaders in Dubai.
“We know that when women are free to succeed, families thrive, communities flourish and nations are stronger,” Trump said.
The theme of the forum in Dubai was “The Power of Influence.” It was an apt theme for Trump, whose loyalty and support for her father’s presidency saw her and her husband, Jared Kushner, take up formal roles in the White House as his advisers.
In her keynote speech at the women’s forum in Dubai on Sunday, Trump touted what she said was the progress of women in the United States.
During her speech in Dubai, Trump congratulated Saudi Arabia for recent changes in the law that allow women to travel abroad and obtain a passport without the permission of a male relative. In 2018, a ban on women driving cars was lifted. The changes are part of a wide-ranging push to transform the Saudi economy and attract greater foreign investment.
Trump pointed to changes in other Mideast countries, as well. She said Bahrain had introduced legislation against discrimination in the workplace; Jordan had eliminated legal restrictions on women’s ability to work at night; Morocco had expanded women’s land rights; and Tunisia had introduced laws to combat domestic violence.
The UAE and Saudi Arabia have worked to cultivate close ties with the Trump administration and were early supporters of the Women’s Empowerment Fund, a World Bank initiative to help female entrepreneurs that Ivanka Trump strongly backs. During the first trip abroad of her father’s presidency to Saudi Arabia, the two Gulf countries pledged $100 million to the fund.
In her speech at Sunday’s forum, Trump commended Emirati leaders for “removing barriers to women joining the workforce and developing a national strategy that recognizes that women are central to sustainable growth.”
During her two-day visit to the UAE, Trump met with women entrepreneurs and discussed a U.S. government project she’s leading that’s aimed at helping women in developing countries. The Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative was launched last year with backing by her father.