Under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of UAE Gender Balance Council, President of Dubai Women Establishment, and wife of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Presidential Affairs, UAE; Dubai Women Establishment held a graduation ceremony to mark to conclusion for the third round of participants of the Women Leadership Exchange Program (WLEP), in collaboration with Women 4 Sustainable Growth and MiL Institute.
The graduation ceremony was attended by H.E. Mona Ghanem Al Marri, Vice President of UAE Gender Balance Council and Chairperson of the Board of Dubai Women Establishment, Mr. Andrew Shaw, Managing Director of Ducab, Shamsa Saleh, CEO of Dubai Women Establishment, Swedish delegates from partners W4SG and the MiL Institute, and participants from WLEP.
During her remarks, H.E. Mona Ghanem Al Marri, Vice President of UAE Gender Balance Council and Chairperson of the Board of Dubai Women Establishment said, “This one of a kind program gives these professional females the opportunity to deepen cultural relationships and share leadership excellence principles. The success of the third edition of the WLEP is testimony to the growing number of Emirati female leaders looking to develop their professional skills and leadership competencies for active participation in their communities and society.” She added, “Dubai Women Establishment consistency seeks to promote excellence for the development and enhancement of Emirati women’s role in society, providing them with essential leadership skills for proactive engagement in the workplace and society, providing a strong foundation in the role of nation-building and development of their community and economy.”
The Women Leadership Exchange Program, held over two phases, is an innovative project created as a cross-cultural exchange program between Sweden and the UAE, fostering engagement amongst the participants and facilitating knowledge sharing on learning and development methods for sustainable and participatory leadership practices. The first phase saw a delegation of 12 senior level Emirati professional women from the government and private sector enlist on one week exchange program to Sweden, where they met with pioneering Swedish leaders and companies from various fields. The second phase of this program, held in the UAE, featured team workshops on coaching, skills development and participatory leadership methods.
The second module built on the theoretical knowledge learned by the participants during the first half of the program, focusing on practical transference of these skills and applying them to their everyday lives and professional environment. Dubai Women Establishment recently partnered with Ducab, its first partnership with the private sector for collaborative efforts towards empowering Emirati women in the workplace and enhancing the leadership capabilities of females in the UAE.
H.E. Dr. Ahmad bin Hassan Al Shaikh, Chairman of Ducab added, “As the first private corporation to support this initiative, we congratulate the graduates on completing the Women Leadership Exchange Program. Our company is driven to foster a culture of gender diversity and we hope to inspire the nation’s private sector to push for women economic empowerment in the workplace offering the potential for organizations to achieve greater market competitiveness.”
On behalf of her fellow graduates, Dr. Kalthoom Mohammad thanked Her Highness Sheikha Manal and said, “We take pride in graduating from the third class of the Women’s Leadership Exchange Program. It is a time to celebrate with my fellow women leaders, who are symbolic representatives of the UAE’s future. Each session was vital to our learning journey as female leaders and the program equipped us with transferable skills and the opportunity to meet like-minded peers.” H.E. Mona Ghanem Al Marri, Vice President of UAE Gender Balance Council and Chairperson of the Board of DWE concluded the formal element of the ceremony, presenting them with formal certificates, offering congratulations and wishing the graduates continued success in their future careers.