ABU DHABI: H.H. Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court, attended this evening a lecture delivered by Dina Habib Powell, Global Head of Corporate Engagement, Goldman Sachs at the Majlis of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
The lecture, entitled ‘Empower women .. Create Nation’, focused on research findings that investments in women, through increased education and labor force participation — can lead to real economic growth in developed and developing countries.
Powell praised the UAE’s role in empowering women and providing the opportunity to them to stand out in educational, social and business domains.
She added that the success of the Emirati experiment in empowering women was founded on the vision of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan for enabling women to contribute in social and economic development.
She also lauded the efforts made by H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union (GWU), Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood in promoting women’s welfare in the UAE.
“Few years ago, I visited the UAE and was privileged to meet with Her Highness who deserves to be named Mother of the Nation for enabling women to play a pivotal role in the community.” She also commended the role played by the Majlis of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as a forum that promotes dialogue and exchange of views on different issues.
Powell spoke about Goldman Sachs’ development of 10,000 Women, an initiative that is working with a global network of leading academic and nonprofit partners to provide women with quality management and entrepreneurial education.
She added that this education is helping to create a greater number of female-owned small and medium enterprises, and a new generation of leaders poised to have exponential impact.