Expo 2020 Dubai revealed the creative content and programs for the Women’s Pavilion, in collaboration with Cartier, to celebrate women change-makers around the world, emphasizing the international event’s commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Expo 2020 will be held in Dubai from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022 – the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region, and the first World Expo since the 20th century to have a separate pavilion for women. The priority that Expo 2020 places on women’s empowerment and gender equality is a reflection of the model provided by the United Arab Emirates in recognizing the importance of the roles played by women and the contributions of all elements of society.
Stemming from a shared conviction that the sustainable development goals and aspirations for a peaceful and prosperous world cannot be achieved without gender equality and the empowerment of women, Expo 2020 and Cartier will unite their efforts to remind the world that the full and equal participation of women in all areas is essential to building a fairer and more just world.
Within the framework of the exhibition entitled “New Horizons”, the women’s pavilion will invite visitors to learn about the pivotal role played by women, famous and not, from the dawn of history to the present.
In celebration of important contributions, the pavilion will emphasize an important principle, that humanity thrives, that women flourish. It will highlight the essential contributions made by women in the advancement of societies, as well as the challenges that women continue to face, especially in light of the world’s struggle with the Covid-19 pandemic and work towards a more sustainable future. Seeking to break stereotypes and correct misconceptions about the role of women, the pavilion will raise awareness by highlighting female and male contributors to women’s empowerment and gender equality, and inspiring visitors of all ages to be change makers within and outside their communities.
Her Excellency Reem Al Hashemi, Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General of Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “The international community has made remarkable progress in terms of gender equality and women’s empowerment, but much remains to be done. By welcoming visitors from all over the world and from all walks of life, Expo 2020 Dubai provides a unique and powerful platform that will attract the necessary attention to this issue.
Her Excellency added: “Gender equality and women’s empowerment have been among the fundamental principles of the United Arab Emirates since its establishment 50 years ago. This is evident in the initiatives of prominent women leaders, led by Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak and Her Highness Sheikha Hind bint Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum. In the UAE, we have practiced empowering women, as an integral part of national development, which has already solidified over half a century of unprecedented growth. Our growth will be accelerated further by what we aim to achieve in the next 50 years. Unless we put gender equality and women’s empowerment at the center of what we do, we will not make progress at the pace we need.”
“At Cartier, we believe that empowering women has a multiplier effect: it drives economic growth and development, and benefits societies and humanity at large,” said Cyril Vignon, President and CEO of Cartier International. With gender inequality continuing to affect women’s lives, it is more important than ever to show unity and synergy in promoting women’s empowerment, and we are honored to solidify our long-term support for change-makers by collaborating with Expo 2020 Dubai and presenting the Women’s Pavilion to an audience Global in the true sense of the word. Now, more than ever, we remain committed to sharing our vision for a future that allows all women to reach their full potential, and for a more inclusive society for generations to come.”
Women’s programs and talks
Over the course of the six months of Expo 2020 Dubai, the Women’s Pavilion will host a range of events, programs and dialogues that will go beyond promoting understanding of gender equality and women’s empowerment, to stimulating tangible joint action that can be shared with the world.
Events include a global council of women to address their role in building a cleaner, safer and healthier world, and the “Women in the Arabian Peninsula and Islam” series, which highlights true stories of women who have been at the forefront throughout history, and who have inspired others from around the world to reach new heights. Expo 2020 and Cartier will also celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March 2022 by hosting a global forum under the theme “Making New Impressions”.
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