• On Broaching Creativity, Awakenings & Empowerment

    Shandana Minhas and I met some 17 years ago, back in my hometown Karachi, Pakistan. We were both working for a celebrated women’s magazine SHE. Our Editor-in-Chief, Zuhra Kareem, had brought in this vibrant young woman – oozing with creativity and panache to do just that! I left SHE...
  • IGCF: Top Women Influencers Debate Female Leadership and its Role in Digital Societies

    April 1st, 2018, SHARJAH (UAE): A panel of distinguished female politicians, entrepreneurs and academics took part in a discussion on the final day of the 7th International Government Communication Forum (IGCF) at Expo Centre Sharjah to discuss the role of women leaders in the digital future. Vanessa D’Ambrosio the...
  • Digital Diplomacy Can Help Governments Shape Effective Foreign Policy, Says Expert

    March 28th, 2018, Sharjah (UAE): Diplomats must demonstrate and prove their presence in today’s digital world through strategic, creative and analysed messages to create an effective foreign policy for their governments, a communication specialist said. Speaking during an interactive session titled “Digital Diplomacy in Government Communication,” on the day one of...
  • Beyond the Glass Ceiling

    March 22nd, 2018, Dubai (UAE): Curtin University Dubai hosted its second Women of Wisdom Forum on Wednesday, 21 March, at The Address Hotel in Dubai. The Women of Wisdom Forum was launched last year to provide a platform for women to exchange ideas and knowledge on industry best-practices. The...
  • Mums@Work Career Fair, first of its kind in MENA

    February 18th, 2018, Dubai (UAE): Following the success of its ‘Return to Work’ programme in 2017, Mums@Work, a UAE-based organisation dedicated to bringing talented women back to the workforce, has announced that it will be hosting the region’s first Return to Work Career Fair. The event will provide the...
  • Dubai Business Women Council launches ‘Spirit Of Zayed’ mentorship programme for UAE’s trailblazing women

    January 23rd, 2018, Dubai (UAE): Dubai Business Women Council (DBWC) has marked the ‘Year of Zayed’ with the launch of a mentorship programme designed to honour the pioneering vision ofSheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Founding Father in the UAE, and facilitate  the full participation of women across...
  • Where School Girls Graduate with Infections

    After a 3 to 4 hours journey on a rough Murram road, I needed to change my sanitary pad urgently before the menstrual blood could soil my jeans. I had traveled to this school for a girls’ debate event, which brought together girls from four different high schools. I...
  • Abu Dhabi-based sustainability initiatives pledge to make a difference at WEEGS

    Dec 7th, 2017, Abu Dhabi (UAE): Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar), the Zayed Future Energy Prize (ZFEP), Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) and the Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable Energy (WiSER) initiative have pledged to support the advancement of women as drivers of sustainable economic growth. All...
  • Concrete Steps to Promote Women’s Leadership in Economic Growth Taken at WEEGS

    December 6th, 2017, Sharjah (UAE): The first Women’s Economic Empowerment Global Summit (WEEGS 2017) signaled the implementation of one of the recommendations of the UN Secretary General’s High-level Panel Report on Women’s Economic Empowerment, which was to address the issue of women’s economic empowerment by working directly with female...