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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

AIWF Conference, Washington DC, USA, June 2008

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Roundtable: Women as Engines of Economic Growth, Moving Forward - The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London, United Kingdom

January 01, 2007

January 02, 2007

September 06, 2010


Event Host: The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London

Event Overview: The purpose of the Roundtable was to review the 2005 AIWF Programme Report & Recommendations, ‘Women as Engines of Economic Growth in the Arab World’ and to discuss its impact, assess the extent to which recommendations in the Report have been implemented by stakeholders and advocate their full implementation. Key partners, stakeholders and contributors to the 2005 Programme were invited to participate in the review. Leading European and Arab organisations were involved in the 2005 Programme which featured two linked conferences: ‘Ten Years After Barcelona: Empowering Women as Catalysts for Economic Development’ held at the European Parliament in Brussels and ‘Women and Integrated Rural Development’ held at the League of Arab States in Cairo which culminated in the 2005 Report & Recommendations. The actionable recommendations that came forward at the conferences represented a significant body of opinion.

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