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“We can proudly say that there is no sphere that women have not excelled in, be it medicine, engineering, aeronautics, research, academics, sport, business, law and media.”

- HE Shaikha Lubna Al Qasimi Minister for Foreign Trade, United Arab Emirates

AIWF Dubai Conference, Dubai International Financial Centre, December 2007

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AIWF Co-hosts with The ARAB-BRITISH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE A Joint Get-Together Reception

November 12, 2015

A-BCC headquarters in Grovenor Street, London

The Arab International Women’s Forum was delighted to welcome many distinguished guests, Members and Partners of both AIWF and the A-BCC, representatives from government, business, academia and civil society coming from both the UK and the Arab world to a Joint Get-Together and Reception kindly hosted by AIWF Institutional Partner, The Arab-British Chamber of Commerce (A-BCC) at its London Offices. AIWF signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the A-BCC in July 2009.

Close to 120 guests were warmly received by AIWF Chairman, Mrs Haifa Fahoum Al Kaylani together with Dr Afnan Al-Shuaiby, Secretary General and CEO of the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce (A-BCC) and AIWF Board Member.

In her welcome address, Mrs Al Kaylani, Founder Chairman AIWF, expressed her warmest thanks and appreciation to her co-Host, Dr Afnan, and her esteemed colleagues at the A-BCC for their very generous hospitality and for their invaluable support and cooperation in arranging this splendid event which AIWF was very proud indeed to be co-hosting at the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce headquarters in the heart of London.

Mrs Al Kaylani paid tribute to the A-BCC in its very special 40th Anniversary year expressing her pride in the longstanding alliance with the A-BCC which works in close co-operation with Arab businesses and official organisations under the banner ‘Friendship through Trade’.

AIWF Chairman, Haifa Al Kaylani, went on to acknowledge Dr Afnan Al-Shuaiby as the first woman Secretary General and CEO in the forty year history of the Chamber; Dr Afnan had played a key leadership role at the A-BCC in building relations between the UK and the Arab world. She had expanded the services and reach of the A-BCC and significantly raised its profile not only within the UK and Arab world but in the international business community as well. 

Mrs Al Kaylani said that AIWF were honoured to have Dr Afnan Al Shuaiby as a Member of the Board of the Arab International Women’s Forum and to benefit from her valuable contribution to AIWF as a truly international development organisation. 

Moving on to say a few words about AIWF, Mrs Al Kaylani reported that a very successful 7th AIWF Young Arab Women Leaders Conference had been held in October at the Qatar Business Incubation Center in Doha, Qatar in cooperation with the Qatar Chamber of Commerce, Qatar Businesswomen Forum at the Qatar Chamber of Commerce, PwC and the Qatar Business Incubation Center. 

Mrs Al Kaylani spoke also of AIWF’s deep commitment to the International Bar Association (IBA) Initiative for Women Business Lawyers in the Middle East programme, a partnership between the IBA, AIWF and the Arab Women’s Legal Network (AWLN). 

This initiative had commenced with a highly successful joint event in Amman in September, which set out to empower Arab women lawyers, build skills and awareness of global standards and encourage women to aspire to positions of leadership in the legal profession. 

The AIWF Chairman then outlined AIWF’s programme for 2016 and beyond, stating that, based on the success of the Young Arab Women Leaders initiative and the outstanding potential of the AIWF-IBA partnership, AIWF’s future direction would very much be focused on the education, development and training of women and youth, and on urging governments and the private sector to work together to mainstream awareness of the role of women in the professions and in public life.

In concluding her remarks, Mrs Al Kaylani said, “AIWF has long believed that the path to peace and prosperity in the region is inextricably linked with economic empowerment and that women can prove to be real engines of growth and development. AIWF and A-BCC share the common objective of building strong and viable partnerships and increasing connectivity between two important and longstanding trade partners – the United Kingdom and the Arab world.

 Pictures from the event