The Haleh Esfandiari Forum: A Conversation with Her Excellency Dr. Rola A. A. H. Dashti
The Haleh Esfandiari Forum presents a conversation with Her Excellency Dr. Rola A. A. H. Dashti, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, and the Honorable Jane Harman, President and CEO of the Wilson Center. Dr. Dashti and Director Harman discussed the importance of economically empowering women in the Middle East and North Africa in order to achieve the growth and development needed throughout the region.
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"The private sector plays a big role in terms of enhancing women’s economic empowerment because businesses can bring them into the value chain, and technology plays a role because it provides mobility. This is why we are focusing on the enabling platform where women can link to the private sector and have access to funds. When we finance women, we finance the future."
"Women need to make sure they have the ambition to be in the decision making process. We need to invest in ourselves to not only be technically solid, but also have the other elements so we can move into higher positions in the public sector."
“It is crucial that women invest in themselves; the confidence allows them to take the next step in accomplishing their goals.”
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