July 11th, 2019, London (England): Hira Ali, award winning international leadership and career coach, Chief Executive Officer of Advancing Your Potential and author of highly acclaimed bookHer Way to the Tophas announced the launch of International Women Empowerment Events (IWEE) along with teamincluding co-founder Gull Khan–barrister and money mind-set expertand advisory team members Mariya Ali-child rights activist and former Gender Minister Maldivesand Maheen Noor Soomro–HR Consultant and Career Specialist.The launching conference is set to take place at the luxury resort Kurumba, Maldives on the 22nd-23rdJuly, 2019.
Other speakers include special guest Dr. Yvonne Thompson CBE–renowned entrepreneur and Britain’s first black self-made woman millionaire, Madeleine Black–best-selling author and speaker and Peter Parker–Qigong expert.
IWEE’s key mission is toeconomically empower Asian women as well as connect them to women across the globe through highly cited publications, turn-key conferences and high quality trainings (online and offline).IWEE’s team strongly believes that on the road to empowerment and equality, women must join hands across borders as they are #inthistogether.
‘We want to link the eastern women with the western women, bring awareness to global challenges faced by women and find solutions to address them. Moving forward we also need to send out a clear message that in order to progress collectively, we need to make joint efforts’ say Hira Ali, Founding Director of IWEE. The team hopes to ignite empowerment in Asian women by providing guidance and support at both local and global level through training and coaching in areas of leadership, financial mind-set, attachment theory, sexual harassment, social media awareness and other gender focused topics, with actionable outcomes and localized training interventions. IWEE also aims to encourage the private sector to help women in developing nations while accelerating growth for their own workforce and business.
The World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends for Women 2017, shows East and South Asia as the only two regions in the world seeing a reduction in the percentage of working women over the past decade. The situation is particularly apparent in South Asia, where less than 1/3 of the female population are active in the labour market, 51% less than the rate for males. The Asian region loses an estimated US$ 40 billion each year as a result of gender gaps in employment and education. IWEE has a global network of highly acclaimed speakers and experts in various disciplines. The decision to hold an International Women’s Empowerment Event in Asia was born when a gap was identified in the Asian market.
IWEE’s strategy is in the first instance is a 2-day conference in each country followed by a country specific follow up intervention to accelerate skills development among the budding entrepreneurs and working women. The conference at Maldives will be facilitated by international speakers covering various topics. The WOB annual awards will also be held in collaboration with this event.
IWEE has partnered with Butterfly Effects, Hope for Women (HFW)and Women on Boards (WOB)Maldives to organize this conference. HFW was founded in 2010 with the prime objective of ending violence against women and girls while also focusing on eliminating discrimination against women, promoting gender equality and political empowerment of women in the Maldives. The WOB serves as a leading centre for women development and empowerment in the Maldives and aims to become a leading voice in Asia for economic empowerment. Kurumbais the key event partner and Raajje TVis the key media partner for this conference.Other contributing sponsors and partners UNICEF Maldives, State Trading Organisation plc (STO), Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC), Bank of Maldives, Hummingbird and Male’ Water and Sewerage Company (MWSC) Other international media partners include Digital Business Women UK, Welum Denmark, Daughters of Change US, Ananke Middle East.
“The strategic partnership with IWEE is consistent with our mission to support women across the country, and to continuously deliver better services to help support and improve women empowerment in Maldives’’, says President of WOB, Ms. Fathimath Shafeega
Recipient of the International Women of Courage Award, co-founder of HFW Ms Aneesa Ahmedshares, “Encouraging and facilitating women to break the ceiling through capacity building and promoting visibility is a dire need to empower women to live a life of dignity free from abuse and poverty.”
State Trading Organisation (STO)says: “In STO, we believe in women taking on key leadership roles and the advancement of women by having female representations on our board, top, and middle management. We will continue to empower women in the society and work for a gender-balanced workforce within our company.”
All our partners are highly esteemed organisations that have shown support for IWEE’s objectives and are keen to embrace diversity and play their part in empowering women on their way to economic empowerment.