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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE’s Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, received Ivanka Trump the advisor to the US President yesterday on the sidelines of the two-day Global Women’s Forum Dubai (GWFD) 2020 which began yesterday.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, also attended the meeting.
At the meeting, they discussed the W-GDP initiative launched by the White House which seeks to reach 50 million women in the developing world by 2025 through US government activities, private-public partnerships and a new fund.
They also discussed the UAE’s role in supporting Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, We-Fi, as one of the 14 founding members of the initiative.
In addition to Ivanka Trump, Sheikh Mohammed also received former British prime Minister Theresa May and Kristalina Georgieva, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, who also attended the conference.
At the GWFD 2020, according to a report on official news agency WAM, Sheikh Mohammed said, “Emirati women currently represent half of the Federal National Council. The successes of women in the UAE encourage us to share our expertise and success stories with other nations.”
Ivanka Trump in her opening remarks at the forum pointed out that 70 per cent of Emirati university graduates are women.
There were a number of plenary sessions one the first day of the conference on themes including the role of women in the workforce during the fourth industrial revolution, empowering women entrepreneurs in the MENA region, global gender balance and also equality within the energy sector.