Expo 2020 Dubai Women’s Pavilion leads the world in gender equality and women’s empowerment

DUBAI – The Expo 2020 Dubai Women’s Pavilion, in partnership with Cartier, brought together government and institutional leaders and change makers, both men and women, to discuss women’s leadership and tackle remaining barriers to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women. He left a message that evokes thoughts and actions that transcend gender and age.

Expo 2020 Dubai is the first global exhibition to receive a specific European and international gender equality standard for workplace events, and the first in over 50 years to host a separate pavilion dedicated to women, a pavilion that will inspire more than 340,000 visitors. . who passed through its door, including more than 3,500 school children.

Hind Alowais, Head of Attendee Management at Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “Expo 2020 Dubai is a concrete example of the limitless opportunities that can be realized when gender equality and women’s empowerment are mainstreamed. in the spirit of organization, leading to conceptualization. With Cartier, we challenge misunderstandings about the role of women in history to date and build a community of supporters to help women rise.

Sophie Doireau, Managing Director Middle East, India and Africa, Cartier, said: “We are so proud of the impact we have had over the past six months and shown millions of people that when women succeed , humanity flourishes. It was a truly relevant and impressive journey that took Cartier’s commitment to women’s empowerment and gender equality to a new level, sharing new perspectives that challenge the current situation and show opportunities for meaningful cooperation around the world. .

Designers and thought leaders took the stage physically and virtually to share their ideas, strategies and practices to advance an equal future while offering insights into their personal journeys at more than 170 events.

Speakers included His Excellency Ohood Khalfan Al Roumi, Minister of State for Development and Future Government of the United Arab Emirates; Her Highness Epsy Campbell Barr, First Vice President of Costa Rica; Her Majesty Sonja Hyland, Under-Secretary General for Global Affairs, Irish Department of Foreign Affairs; His Highness Ambassador Dr. Haifa Abu Ghazaleh, Deputy Secretary General, Director of Social Affairs, Arab League; Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Foreign Affairs of New Zealand; Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, former Executive Director of UN Women; Kampeta Sayinzoga, Managing Director, Development Bank of Rwanda; Oscar-winning actor Rami Malek; and Christine Lagarde, Governor of the European Central Bank and former Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund.

Throughout the 182 days of Expo 2020 Dubai, the message “when women prosper, humanity prospers” was reinforced among visitors, who also shared their thoughts and hopes for the future in the same pavilion. . Among the messages on the walls of the pavilion was a visitor quoting the late United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “Women belong in all places where decisions are made,” as she states that “the gender equality is at the heart of all the goals”. . “And” Letting little girls dream, learn and succeed helps EVERYONE. Everyone benefits as girls and women grow up.”

The Women’s Pavilion celebrated International Women’s Day with the theme “Breaking Down Prejudice” and brought together representatives from governments, businesses and change agents from around the world. In partnership with Dignified Storytelling, the pavilion will also host the Middle East’s first female-led music festival as part of International Women’s Day celebrations, with incredible artists from around the world reinforcing the message “Break the Bias.” “. She called on the world to identify the invisible barriers women face and break down the harmful biases that prevent them from reaching their full potential in the workplace and in society.

More than 80 countries participating in Expo 2020 Dubai also signed a pledge during the day: “On International Women’s Day 2022, we express our support for understanding positive gender roles and the balance between men and women. We are committed to advancing gender equality and empowering women to break down harmful stereotypes that hinder their progress. “Let’s end prejudice” and make this world a better, fairer and safer place for women to thrive and lead dignified and respectful lives. #BreaktheBias”

In addition to Expo 2020 Dubai’s inspiring work on women’s equality and empowerment, the message of the Women’s Pavilion was shared during the World Government Summit 2022, held under the theme “Shaping Futures”. governments”. As one of the driving forces behind the pavilion, Hind Alowais presented key lessons, new approaches and innovative pathways to an audience of world leaders who will take these messages to their governments, where they can be discussed, adapted and applied. .

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