With less than 10 days to go to the launch of Expo 2020, all eyes will be on Dubai.

In line with this, Expo 2020 will be championing gender balance and female empowerment at the forefront of the mega-event.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by the UAE Gender Balance Council and Expo 2020 Dubai and will “showcase the UAE’s outstanding achievements in gender balance”, WAM reported.

The MoU was signed by the Director-General for Expo 2020, Her Excellency Reem Bint Ibrahim Al Hashimy, who is also Minister of State for International Cooperation, and by Her Excellency Mona Ghanem Al Marri, Vice President of the UAE Gender Balance Council.


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Discussing the “pioneering and milestone” event, Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the UAE Gender Balance Council, President of Dubai Women Establishment, and wife of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, noted how the leadership of the UAE champions women and how they are looking to the next 50 years.

“Expo 2020 Dubai is a milestone in the UAE’s journey of continuous development, a journey that can be seen in our country’s record of pioneering projects and achievements across many important fields. With the participation of 191 countries creating a truly global platform, the event will also serve as a celebration of the UAE’s Golden Jubilee and the beginning of a new era of exceptional achievements for the next 50 years,” she said.

Her Highness continued, “The daily successes we are witnessing in social, economic, political and cultural spheres, signifies the shared vision of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and our founding fathers. Together, they laid the foundation for a country guided by national identity, humanitarian values, and sustainable development, where coexistence and harmony serve as the bedrock of society.

“Our leadership today continues their wisdom, including a commitment to the principles of gender balance and the advancement of women across diverse fields, and also recognises the important role women will play in bringing to life the ‘towards the next fifty’ strategy.”

Echoing Her Highness’ sentiment, HE Reem Al Hashimy highlighted that Expo 2020 will shine a light on the UAE’s achievements, particularly when it comes to the women of the nation, on a global scale.

“The progress and success of Emirati women are key to enhancing the UAE’s global standing, and are the result of the foundations laid by our founding fathers that continue to be implemented by our wise leadership,” she said.

“We will share our vision with the world and showcase the strength of cooperation through our country’s achievements over the past five decades.

“We will work with participating countries, organisations and the international community to shed light on our achievements and future goals in promoting gender balance worldwide, utilising history’s most comprehensive Expo as a platform.”

Over the course of the six-month-long event, it’s the ideal opportunity to champion gender balance in the UAE, as well as female empowerment and we can’t wait to see what takes place.

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