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Women's Leadership

Postponed: Aim High: Chart Your Course and Find Success

This event has been postponed. 

As the 23rd Secretary of the male-dominated US Air Force, Deborah Lee James led a force of 660,000 people and managed a $139 billion budget—larger than the GDP of more than 120 countries. She was only the second woman to lead a US military service.

Parties and Voters – Why Women Politicians in Israel Cannot Catch a Break

In both the April and September 2019 elections in Israel there was a significant decrease in the number of women elected to the legislature for the first time since the late 1990s. This is despite the record number of women in the 20th Knesset session (2015-2019), a total of 37 women out of 120 legislators. Another historic achievement of the 20th Knesset was the presence of three Palestinian-Israeli women legislators.

Young Women Lead the Way in MENA

The most recent Arab Youth Survey 2019 published by Asda'a BCW in in the United Arab Emirates shows that economic woes continue to preoccupy today’s Arab youth with the high cost of living and unemployment topping the list of the “biggest obstacles” facing the region.

IT Connection: Leveraging Technology to Serve Youth and Jobs

I am an Omani female entrepreneur who had a strong passion and curiosity in technology since a young age. My interest in technology started in the old internet age when people used to connect to the internet through Dial-Up and communicate using platform such as MSN and Yahoo messengers. I was always eager to learn about how computer software works and the way that they are designed and built. I wanted to understand the computer language the programming aspect of it.

Youth Shaping the Future: An Emirati Perspective on Youth Empowerment

In one of the most turbulent parts of the world, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) grew to become a beacon of hope for young people. According to the 11th annual Arab Youth survey, for the eighth consecutive year, young Arabs chose the UAE as the number one country to live in. The survey highlights that unemployment and the rising cost of living are the main concerns of Arab youth.

Mariam’s Journey: Why I am Helping People Rise

My father always told me “women should stay at home, it is where they belong”. I grew up hearing that education is useless and that girls my age were already married with children. My father, a traditional-minded old-fashioned 81 year old, always told me that a woman belonged at her husband’s house. He frequently told me that I was not good enough, and insisted on pulling me out of school. This made me too scared to do anything about the problems I kept witnessing every single day in my community since it would only make him angrier at me, so I just turned a blind eye.

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