AIWF / CMI Joint Conference on Women, Water & Youth brings to light critical development challenges in the MENA Region


The Joint Conference of AIWF and the Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) was held in Amman, Jordan in 26-27 September 2018 on Women, Water & Youth: Perspectives from the MENA Region. 

The conference was held in partnership with the CMI and benefited tremendously from the invaluable endorsement, input and contributions of Conference Partners, the Union of Arab Chambers, PepsiCo, PwC and the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari (CIHEAM).

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2018 International Women's Day

"Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women's lives" 
A Special Message from the AIWF Chairman

UN Women's theme for International Women's Day 2018, "Time Is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women's Lives", follows a year in which much of the Arab world saw phenomenal progress in women's leadership throughout the region in many formal, developed, and information-based sectors, but still significant improvement to be made in addressing the challenges and disempowerment of women and young people in the rural and informal economies.

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AIWF holds 10th YAWL conference on Women-Led Innovation in STEM

STEM Event

AIWF was proud to hold its 10th Young Arab Women Leaders conference with the Royal Academy of Engineering as Host Partner, in continued partnership with PwC, and with the valued partnership of the World Bank, PepsiCo and Shell.

Haifa Fahoum Al Kaylani, appointed to the ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work


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AIWF holds successful 9th Young Arab Women Leaders conference in Fez, Morocco

Aiwf Conference, Fez 

Following on from the success of the Young Arab Women Leaders: The Voice of the Future conferences in Amman, Beirut and Dubai in 2012, Palestine in 2013, London in 2011 and 2014, Doha in 2015, and Kuwait in 2016, the Arab International Women's Forum (AIWF) was proud to host the ninth conference of the series in Fez, Morocco on 18 April 2017 in partnership with PepsiCo and PwC.

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AIWF hosts high-level Special Reception in Beirut honouring Saroj Kumar Jha, Regional Director of the Mashreq Region, the World Bank

The AIWF Special Reception in Lebanon examined critical economic reform programmes announced at the recent CEDRE Conference held in Paris with a focus on enhancing economic opportunities and prosperity for women and youth in Lebanon

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AIWF greatly saddened by the passing of AIWF Board Member and eminent political economist Jean-Pierre Lehmann

Jean-Pierre Lehmann

AIWF is greatly saddened to have received the news of the passing of Jean-Pierre Lehmann, Professor Emeritus of International Political Economy, Founder of the Evian Group, and distinguished member of the AIWF Board, on 21 December in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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Chairman’s Message

AIWF Special Announcement


It is with great pride and pleasure that the Board of the Arab International Women’s Forum announces that Haifa Fahoum Al Kaylani, AIWF Founder Chairman joins Harvard University as a Fellow of the Harvard Advanced Leadership Programme, in 2017. Mrs Al Kaylani has been invited to join 45 global leaders selected for an intensive, multi-disciplinary program and yearlong Fellowship at Harvard to solve significant social problems.

A Special Message on International Women's Day from the Acting Chairman of AIWF, Rania Rizk

"2017 presents AIWF with a number of exciting opportunities to explore new dimensions and perspectives, address emerging challenges for Arab women and youth in a global context, and engage with new international contacts towards even greater cross-cultural collaboration in every sector and every sphere."

AIWF in the News

Luncheon in Honour of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi


On Wednesday 27 July 2016, the AIWF was honored to welcome Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, U.A.E., Chairperson of Nama Women Advancement Establishment and Founder & Patron of Sharjah Business Women Council on her visit to London with a Luncheon at The Royal Automobile Club.

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AIWF / SBWC, Partnership for innovation in Entrepreneurship, London, United Kingdom

Partnership for Innovation Seminar

Under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, U.A.E., Chairperson of Nama Women Advancement Establishment and Founder & Patron of Sharjah Business Women Council, the Arab International Women’s Forum was delighted to organise in collaboration with The Sharjah Business Women Council a Seminar showcasing journeys of businesswomen in the UAE and the UK. The Seminar was held on Wednesday 27 July 2016 in The Royal Automobile Club, London under the title of The Arab International Women’s Forum and The Sharjah Business Women Council: Partnership for Innovation in Entrepreneurship.


AIWF 15th Anniversary Reception and Gala Concert at Kensington Palace

Gala Main pic

On 26 April 2016, the very successful AIWF 15th Anniversary Reception and Gala Concert was held at Kensington Palace in London, to commemorate the founding of The Arab International Women’s Forum in 2001