AIWF Activities 2020

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“We must create economic options for women so that the new generation of women can own their future, realise their potentials and fully contribute to their societies.”

-Ms Daniela Gressani, Vice President for the MENA Region, The World Bank

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AIWF Webinar | The Role of the World Bank in Coordinating Responses to Economic Challenges Further Aggravated by COVID-19 in the Mashreq Region

July 10, 2020

In these unprecedented times, the Arab International Women’s Forum reiterates its commitment to addressing issues of global and regional concern that deeply impact economies, societies and communities, with a focus on women and youth, and their livelihoods, wellbeing, security and prosperity.

With lockdowns impacting world travel and restricting global conference events, AIWF launched a Webinar Series in July 2020 as a core part of its 2020 Annual Programme, featuring Keynote Speakers and valued participants who are visionaries and experts representing diverse sectors drawn from the Arab world and the international community.

The webinar programme has been designed to advance AIWF’s momentum and international advocacy by delivering virtual opportunities for key partners, members and stakeholders in the governmental, business, and development communities to convene and engage in high-level discussion on topics of critical concern in the MENA Region and globally.

The series launched on 01 July with an inaugural leading session on ‘The Role of the World Bank in Coordinating Responses to the Economic Challenges Further Aggravated by COVID-19 in the Mashreq Region’. The session was moderated by AIWF Founder & Chairman Haifa Fahoum Al Kaylani, welcomed Saroj Kumar Jha, Regional Director of the Mashreq at the World Bank in Beirut, Lebanon, to discuss an overview of the social and economic opportunities and challenges in the MENA Region prior to COVID 19; Mr Jha's key insights on the current situation for the Mashreq countries and initiatives of the World Bank to address critical empowerment challenges in Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq; and the World Bank's approach to economic recovery post-COVID 19 for the Mashreq, with a focus on women's empowerment, youth inclusion, and digitisation of the MENA public, private and agricultural sectors.

The webinar attracted over 250 registrants and delivered engaging, insightful discussion on the critical development challenges that the pandemic has exacerbated in the region, as well as sharing an overview of the World Bank’s pillars of engagement in the region, drawing from the ‘State of the Mashreq’ Report that the World Bank launched in late June 2020.

AIWF partners, members and friends who wish to register their interest in attending an AIWF webinar session should kindly contact the AIWF Office at