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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

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AIWF Webinar | Women on the Frontline in the Fight Against COVID-19 and Beyond

July 08, 2020

On 8 July 2020 The Arab International Women's Forum held the second virtual event in the AIWF Webinar Series 2020, titled 'Women on the Frontline in the Fight Against COVID-19 and Beyond', in co-operation with Pfizer, a longstanding AIWF Global Partner.

AIWF Chairman Haifa Al Kaylani was delighted to introduce the session and welcome our distinguished Keynote Guest Speakers. The Webinar was moderated by Dr Oualae Al Alami, Vice President Cluster Lead for Pfizer and AIWF Board Member. Keynote Guest Speakers included Dr Maryam Matar, Founder & Chairperson of the UAE Genetic Diseases Association, UAE; Dr Fadi El Jardali, Professor of Health Policy and Systems at the American University of Beirut; and Dr Graciela Morales, Vice President Vaccine Lead Emerging Markets for Pfizer.

Speakers focused on the roles of the private sector, governments and academia in COVID response and future preparedness, calling for greater cohesion between the three and a bridging of the gap between academia, clinical practice and industry in order to advance innovation around COVID and future public health challenges. Additionally, with women at the forefront of the pandemic, they need to be in the middle of emergency response and future preparedness plans. Recovery plans need to include the gender lens and the world health system as a whole must rethink its approach to setting down region-wide strategies in parts of the world such as the MENA where there is no 'one size fits all' solution that works for the whole region given the vast social and economic differences between each of the MENA States.

To view the webinar recording, please visit