Day 1Day 2Youth Workshops

19th October 2016
10:00-11:30 High level opening Under the Patronage of His Highness Dr. Sultan bin Mohammad Al-Qasimi, Member of Supreme council, Ruler of Sharjah
  • Welcome by the Emcee : ZeinaYazigi, Sky News Arabia
  • Opening Remarks H.H. Dr Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of Supreme Council, Ruler of Sharjah
  • H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International
  • H.E. First Lady of Afghanistan Rula (Bibi Gul) Ghani
  • Mr. Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Laureate
  • Ms. Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Laureate
  • Introductory remarks : Dr. PhumzileMlambo-Ngucka, Executive Director, UN Women
12:00 – 13:15 Plenary Debate: The resilience of women and girls – education and employment
  • H.E. Secretary of State for International Development Rt. Hon Priti Patel
  • Elissa Freiha, Womena co-founder
  • Helmut Kutin, SOS Children’s Villages International Honorary President
  • Naser Haghamed, Islamic Relief Worldwide CEO
  • Khalid Waleed AlKhudair, Glowork CEO
  • NgonéDiop, UN Economic Commission for Africa Senior Gender Advisor
  • Mohammad Naciri, UN Women Regional Director (Moderator)
Session Brief
Efforts to increase the resilience of women must focus on their economic empowerment, especially providing livelihood and employment opportunities. Women are key drivers of economic growth and women’s active participation in economic life makes peace building and recovery efforts more sustainable. By economically empowering women, the living conditions of a woman and her family improve, their reliance on external aid decreases, and ultimately it contributes to the growth of local and national economies. In addition, economic empowerment is crucial to reduce early and forced marriages, limit child labour, improve access to education for boys and girls and reduce poverty. This session will discuss (i) the importance of education of young women for their economic empowerment especially in situations of post conflict, (ii) What are the skills/education needed to strengthen women’s resilience and match the market needs (iii) the importance of mentoring and coaching in empowering young women in the region
15:00 – 16:00 Food for Thought: Investing in Women – Gender responsive policies and budgeting
  • H.E. Hina Rabbani Khar, Former Pakistan Foreign Affairs Minister
  • Alizeh Iqbal Haider, Ex- Member of Pakistan Parliament
  • Khawla Al Mulla, UAE Deputy Undersecretary of the Ministry for Education Policies
  • Rose Zergani, Alghanim Industries Corporate Talent Acquisition & Kuwaitization
  • Meg Jones, Chief of Economic Empowerment division, UN Women (Moderator)
Session Brief
Gender-Responsive Budgeting is a transformative approach that aims to strengthen the effectiveness of public policy. The approach is based on gender analysis in order to reduce the gaps between men and women in access to human rights. Gender-responsive policies and budgeting ensures that fiscal resources are generated and allocated in a way that affects men, women, boys and girls, and address their needs equitably. Beyond government, the session will review to what extent the private sector has a responsibility in engaging in policy development that ensures access to fair and decent work, that promotes women and creates a safe workspace for all. The session will review the role of various government entities, civil society and the private sector and other actors in pursuing gender responsive policies, and ensuring their implementation.
16:30 – 17:30
Roundtable 1: Addressing Violent Extremism
  • ShamilIdriss, Search for Common Ground President & CEO
  • Alison Davidian, UN Women Policy Specialist
  • Ziauddin Yousafzai,United Nations Special Advisor on Global Education
  • Sarah Zeiger, Hedayah Senior Research Analyst
  • Leigh Tomppert, UN Women Programme Specialist, Women, Peace and Security (Moderator)
Session Brief
It is clear that we are living in a new era of extremism which is not marked by individual and isolated terrorist acts. Today, groups like ISIS are grounding their violence on an ability to govern and control territory. For example, in Dabiq—the magazine issued by ISIS—appeals are made for doctors, engineers, and professionals to engage in hijrah (devotional migration) in order to assist in the construction of an Islamic government. ISIS lures fighters and supporters, including women, from around the world with sophisticated social media campaigns, and promises of meaningful employment. Weak governance institutions, ongoing conflicts, cross border ethnic and cultural ties, globalized financial and commercial networks, and new communication and information technology platforms have helped violent extremists increase their influence, with specific impacts on the rights of women and girls. The session will discuss the unique role women can play in preventing CVE, community based approaches and the importance of social cohesion and an understanding of root causes of extremism.
Roundtable 2: Trafficking and slave labor (including in conflict)
  • Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Peace Laureate
  • Dr. YaminaChakkar, UN Aids Regional Director
  • Enshrah Ahmed, UNFPA Regional Advisor on Gender, Culture and Human Rights,
  • Khaled Khalifa, UNHCR Regional Representative to the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries
  • Manal Benkirane, UN Women Regional Programme Specialist (Moderator)
Session Brief
While there is no single root cause of human trafficking, research has revealed that factors such as poverty and inequality, migration and discrimination, including through gender-based violence, cause some populations to be more vulnerable to trafficking than others. Women and children living in situations of conflict, including refugees and internally displaced people, are particularly vulnerable to human trafficking. Considering the number of conflicts in the Arab region, and the resulting record numbers of IDPs and refugees, as well as the prominent cases of girl victims of trafficking by violent extremist groups, the crime of trafficking is of particular concern and requires a multi-stakeholder and coordinated approach to prevent and reduce relevant vulnerabilities. The session will discuss (i) specific vulnerabilities that women face as a result of conflict, displacement and trafficking? (ii) specific programming that exists to support women in host communities, in camps and temporary shelters, and how this programming support longer term empowerment, beyond immediate relief? (iii) How reintegration programmes support communities in healing, and in ensuring that women who have survived trafficking are not further victimized or stigmatized in their communities?
Roundtable 3: Innovate – creating space for Entrepreneurship
  • SadaffeAbid, CIRCLE Co-Founder
  • H.E Najla Al Midfa, Sheraa General Manager, UAE business woman
  • Shatha Al Hashimi, MBR Center For Government Innovation Director
  • Vivian Thabet, Care International (Egypt) Program Director for Women Rights Program
  • May Babiker, UN Women Women´s Economic Empowerment Advisor (Moderator)
Session Brief
One of the most important pathways to accelerating job creation in the Arab States region is to re-energise the private sector and foster a more open entrepreneurial environment. Currently, the formal private sector does not employ more than 20% of the workforce in any country in the region for which data are available. In particular, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) – where women are most likely to be active – can play a critical role as engines for growth and innovation in the private sector. SMEs are typically responsible for more than 30% of all private sector employment in MENA, and between 4 and 16% of all employment As the economic landscape is changing, how can we ensure that small businesses and new and emerging businesses can grow with this. This roundtable will look at innovation as a way to gender equality, what are women doing differently in business? What are challenges and opportunities, and how can access to financial services support innovation and business development for women.
Roundtable 4: Women´s human rights in Islam
  • Dr. MarwaSharafeldin, Musawah Board Member
  • Dr. Gamal Serour, Al Azhar University Director of International Islamic Center for Population Studies & Research
  • MehrinazElawady, ESCWA Centre for Women Director
  • Dr. FadilaGrine, OIC Director Of Family Affairs at the Department of Cultural, social and Family Issues
  • Hind Alowais, Senior Advisor, UN Women
Session Brief
This session is a discussion on human rights in the context of Islam; proceeding more specifically to women rights in the context of Islam (political and leadership rights and marriage: consent and child marriage). The discussion will be based around addressing negative misconceptions, and focused on how culture and religion play an important part in gender equality and engagement in women´s human rights. The session will discuss (i) how religious institutions contribute to promoting gender equality? (ii) the role of religious institutions in achieving women´s empowerment? (iii) how regional and international bodies -working in Muslim majority countries- contribute to a discourse around women´s empowerment.
20th October 2016
09:00 – 09:30 Plenary opening session
  • H.E. Ameera Binkram, Deputy Chairperson of Nama and Chairperson of SBWC
  • Dr. Veronica Magar, WHO Team Leader for Gender, Equity and Human Rights
09:30 – 10:30 Plenary Debate: Women as Peace builders
  • Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, Journalist, Filmmaker and Activist
  • Hibaaq Osman, Karama Founder
  • SanamNaraghi-Anderlini, ICAN Co-Founder and Executive Director
  • AsmaKftarou, Syrian Women´s Advisory Board Member
  • Alison Davidian, UN Women Policy Specialist (Moderator)
Session Brief
A growing body of empirical research suggests that women's participation and influence in peace processes increases the probability of peace agreements being reached, the extent to which these agreements include provisions for equitable and inclusive post-conflict peacebuilding processes, and the degree to which agreements are implemented and sustained. Nonetheless, in many conflict-affected contexts, women’s official participation may be temporary, their delegated roles may be more symbolic than substantive, and their influential capacity may be directly resisted by local cultural norms. The aim of the session is to discuss and share good practices and ongoing challenges with regards to efforts to increase women’s roles and participation in peace building processes and recognizing the need to engender these processes to ensure sustainable peace.
11:00 – 12:30 Plenary: Strategic Partnerships for Economic Development
  • Noura Selim, Sawiris foundation for Social Development Executive Director
  • Roshaneh Zafar, Kashf Foundation Founder and Managing Director
  • FadiGhandour, Wamda Capital Chairman & CEO
  • Beatrice Cernuta, Tarbia Director of Strategy and Operations
  • Kaiser Naseem, IFC Regional Head of Bank Advisory Services
  • Mohammed Naciri, UN Women Regional Director (Moderator)
Session Brief
How can partnerships be established among government representatives, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, gender equality practitioners and leaders, private sector, academics and other experts from the region and beyond? The goal is to review, discuss and generate knowledge that strategic partners can benefit from to ensure a sustainable approach to economic development and humanitarian programming that maintains resilience of women and girls at the core. The session will discuss (i) the role of the different partners in addressing the challenges facing young women in the region, (ii) the business case of empowering young women in economic growth and development of the region, (iii) the constraints that hinder the full participation of young women in the economy of the region and (iv) explore present strategies and partnerships for overcoming the barriers to women’s economic empowerment including engaging the private sector and men and boys.
13:30 – 15:00
Roundtable 1: Role of youth in resilience
  • Gulalai Ismail, Aware Girls Chairperson
  • Mariam Farag, MBC Head of CSR
  • KawtarZerouali, UNDP Regional Program Manager
  • Tom Krift, Save The Children Regional Director for Middle East and Eastern Europe
  • Shainoor Khoja, Mercy Corps Regional Advisor
  • Emad Karim, UN Women (Moderator)
Session Brief
During this session examples and experiences from young women and men’s engagement in promoting gender equality, peace and security will be shared. Some key recommendations will be developed on how these initiatives can be supported and strengthen. The session will discuss (i) what are the lesson learned about youth resilience prior to, and during the events of the Arab Spring? (ii) what are the lessons learned from young men and women’s initiatives and engagement in gender equality, peace and security? (iii) what type of experiences can help in building youth resilience? (iv) what protective and empowering measures need to be in place? (v) What are the risk factors? (vi) how can they be minimized? (vii) How can we strengthen and support youth initiatives in these areas?
Roundtable 2: The Girl Child & Education
  • Nicolla Hewitt, Girl Rising MENA advisor
  • Brigitte Khair-Mountain,Middle East Centre of the Humanitarian Leadership Academy Director
  • Jawairriya Abdallah-Shahid, Abu Dhabi Education Council Principal
  • BurcuGunduzMasalaci, Mother Child Education Foundation (AÇEV) Director of the Institutional Development
  • Dr. Muhadditha Al Hashimi, Higher Colleges of Technology, Director of Sharjah Women's College
Session Brief
The Millennium Development Goals, had one Goal – goal 3, related to education and achieving parity, which the Arab region did very well on having nearly closed the gender gap with high levels of enrollment of girls in primary and secondary education. However, education does not always translate to empowerment, and inequalities in communities, the work place, and families persist. This session will discuss how to review educational principles to include equality, and to assure greater gender equality in other aspects of public and private life? Furthermore, the session will review access to education for girls and boys, including overcoming barriers which may prevent girls from pursuing their educational goals.
Roundtable 3: Engaging Men and Boys as agents of change
  • Anthony Keedi, ‘Abaad’ Psychologist
  • Lena Karlsson, UN Women Program Manager
  • AbanoubAwni, Software User Experience and User Interface Engineer
  • Dr. Shereen El Feki, Journalist & Author
Session Brief
During this round table research finding will be presented on how involving boys and men in gender equality improves the lives of women and girls as well as the wellbeing of men and boys themselves. Concrete examples of how men and boys are engaged in gender equality will be given, including challenges and lessons learned. Finally, recommendations on how we can build effective partnerships and strategies for engaging more boys and men in gender equality will be discussed. The session will discuss (i) Why is engaging boys and men important for achieving gender equality – and what evidence supports the effectiveness of this engagement? (ii) what are men and boy’s attitudes and practices towards gender equality? (iii) what makes some men and boys become gender equality advocates and activists? (iv) how can we build effective partnerships and strategies for engaging more men and boys in gender equality?
Roundtable 4: Launch of the Essential Services Package for Women and Girls Subject to Violence, UN Women & UNFPA
  • Mohammed Naciri, UN Women Regional Director
  • Luay Shabaneh, UNFPA Regional Director
  • Enshrah Ahmed, UNFPA Arab States Regional Office
Session Brief
The United Nations Joint Global Programme on Essential Services for Women and Girls Subject to Violence was developed by UN Women, UNFPA, WHO, UNDP and UNODC. It aims at providing better access to a coordinated set of essential and quality multi-sectorial services for all women and girls who have experienced gender based violence (GBV). During this session, UN Women and UNFPA regional offices for the Arab States will introduce the essential services at the regional level. The Programme identifies the essential services to be provided by the health, social services, police and justice sectors (the “Essential Services”) as well as guidelines for the coordination of Essential Services and the governance of coordination processes and mechanisms (the “Coordination Guidelines”). Service delivery guidelines for the core elements of each essential service have been identified to ensure the delivery of high quality services for women and girls experiencing violence. The package assists in the recovery and empowerment of women, and stops violence from reoccurring. The session will be chaired by high level representatives of both organizations.
15:30 – 16:45 Closing session
  • Welcome by the Emcee: ZeinaYazigi, Sky News Arabia
  • H.E. Sheikha Lubna Bint Khalid Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Minister of State for Tolerance
  • Ahmed Aboul-Gheit – 8th Secretary General at the Arab League (represented by Dr. InasMakkawi)
  • Launching of the Conference Declaration: Dr. PhumzileMlambo-Ngucka, UN Women Executive Director
19th October
Group A | 10:00 – 10:45 AM
  Workshop 2 Workshop 3
Workshop organizer UNHCR Care
Description The workshop will discuss the specific challenges refugee women are facing and how UNHCR is addressing these challenges. Moreover, it will examine how new partnerships between governments, civil society, international agencies, the private sector can help addressing these challenges. This workshop educates the audience about specific challenges women face in accessing and benefiting from market systems in the MENA region, with examples from Palestine and Egypt, high percentages of educated women yet few are engaging in economic activities.
Speakers Moderator:
Mrs. Ameera Azzam/ UNHCR Abu Dhabi office.
1. Ms. Husne Akgol/ UNHCR Turkey office.
2. Ms. Rana Aldabbas/ UNHCR Jordan office.
3. Ms. Nayiri Arslanian
1. Anan Kittaneh, MENA Regional Economic Advisor , CARE
2. Hiba Tibi, Economic Empowerment Coordinator


Group B| 11:00 – 11:45 AM
  Workshop 2 Workshop 3
Workshop organizer MSF Children Centers
Description This workshop will investigate how conflict, in its varieties of presentations, affects the health of women caught up in it. Besides physical and emotional trauma, how is women's health affected by loss of those resources needed for survival. How do they protect themselves from violation? How do they gain access to health centres for treatment of health problems or safe delivery? How do we design health care programs that include or specifically target this often under-reported segment of populations in peril? تعريف  المجتمع بدور المراكز في دعم تمكين الأطفال
بصفه عامة مع التركيز على فئة الاناث بصفة خاصة .
الأهداف :
- التعريف بدور مجلس شورى أطفال الشارقة في صقل شخصية الضيفات  .

- تحفيز نواب الانعقاد الحالي للمجلس  للاستفادة من تجربة الضيفات خاصة في مجال الابتكار والابداع .
- التعريف بأثر برامج مراكز الأطفال كأحد ركائز دعم تمكين المرأة والفتاة.
Speakers Speaker:
Miriam Czeck, MSF Regional Project Coordinator
1. Her Excellency Noura Al Kaabi
2. Her Excellency Khawla AlMulla
20th October
Group A| 10:00 – 10:45 AM
  Workshop 1 Workshop 2 Workshop 3
Workshop organizer WFP SOS Children’s Villages International


Save the Children
Description Share the experience and strategic approach of WFP, the world’s largest humanitarian organisation, towards gender equality and women empowerment in order to demonstrate that women are the “secret weapon against hunger”. The audience will see how WFP uses its food assistance to empower girls and women, and how it capitalises on women to increase food security in the most vulnerable communities. The workshop discusses how successful partnership programmes between NGOs and the private sector can be designed and implemented. With a focus on the GoTeach Programme run by DHL in partnership with SOS Children’s Villages, the workshop discusses how DHL employees at every level in 26 countries volunteer their expertise and time to help SOS young people. Employee volunteers provide support and guidance ranging from leading weekend workshops to serving as year-long mentors for SOS Children’s Villages interns at DP DHL Group. Save the Children seeks to lead a three part, interactive workshop that will:
•Introduce the phenomenon of homebound girls and the educational
•Share the findings of recent research into homebound girls that explores their daily routines; their boundaries for mobility and social interaction; and the reasons they are withdrawn (or withdraw themselves) from school
•Consider possible interventions for effectively targeting homebound girls and improving their access to education
Speakers Speakers:
1.Nehal Hegazy, External and Government Partnership Manager, Gulf, WFP.
2.Elise Bijon, Private Sector Partnership Manager, Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe, WFP.
1. Ghosoun Ayed (youth representative)
2. Sheerin Dariani
3. Rula Karahamad
Tom Krift, Regional Director for the Middle East, Save the Children
Soha Ellaithy, Senior Director, Gulf Area Office, Save the Children
Amy Schmidt, Director of Program Development and Quality, Save the Children, Jordan
Group B| 11:00 – 11:45 AM
Workshop organizer UNWOMEN UNHCR Care
Description As Wikipedia compiles what represents close to the sum of all human knowledge, women should be recognized as part of that sum. Empower Women by UN Women and a group of volunteer champions are working on enhancing and increasing the content on Wikipedia related to women and gender equality to raise awareness, close the gender knowledge gap, and start changing and editing the future. The workshop will be an interactive show case of the campaign and engaging the audience to participate in a simulation of editing articles on Wikipedia to promote women’s contributions and raise awareness about gender equality topics. The audience will be introduced to the challenges and vulnerabilities young refugee women face, and how UNHCR addresses these challenges through educational, social protection, and livelihood activities. This workshop presents examples of some of the driving factors of early & child marriage/sexual harassment in MENA, particularly in Egypt and Jordan, and considers the impact humanitarian crises can have on gender based violence and early & child marriage as a negative coping strategy.
Speakers Moderator:
Emad Karim, Empower Women
1.May Hesham, Wikipedia Lead Editor
2.Annie Weaver: HerStory Campaign Coordinator
3.Jana El Sokkary: HerStory Team Leader
Mrs. Ameera Azzam/ UNHCR Abu Dhabi office.
1. Ms. Husne Akgol/ UNHCR Turkey office.
2. Ms. Rana Aldabbas/ UNHCR Jordan office.
3. Ms. NayiriArslanian
Adel Al-dahien, Protection Program Manager
Asma Salem Khader - Sisterhood is Global Institute Jordan (SIGI) Executive President
Dr. Alaa Mahmoud Hassan from Pathfinder, Egypt


Group C | 12:00 – 12:45 PM
Workshop organizer AUS Speaker: Alizeh Iqbal Nama
Description The speaker, Dr. Nawar Golley, will engage the audience through a dialogue with four students from the American University of Sharjah on the importance of educating the youth on gender complementarity. The speaker and students will draw on their own educational experiences to argue for the need to incorporate discussions on gender equality in school and university curricula for both genders in order to help empower young women and men alike. A candid talk with Alizeh Iqbal Haider, a human rights activist, lawyer and politician from Pakistan. Alizeh shares with us her personal journey of trials and triumphs as an empowered, independent woman making her mark in a patriarchal society. Alizeh discusses the importance of education and the need for more women leaders in global politics. This session will be following the TEDx talk style and will feature 4-5 speakers and youth with each addressing a topic highlighted in the conference.
Speakers Moderator:
Dr. Nawar Golley,
AUS Student Speakers:
1.Hanan Arab
2.Alya Alhazami
3.Omar Al-Owais
4.Khaled Jamal Albah
Moderator: Shazia Ali Khan
Speaker: Alizeh Iqbal
1. BelPesce - Founder of FazINOVA
2. Avery Mccal - Model
3. Dubai Abulhoul - Author
4. Khalid Al Ameri and his wife Salamh Mohamed – Social commentators & entrepreneurs
10:00 – 10:30 AM
Spotlight session: what3words
What3words is a universal addressing system designed to make sure no one has to live without an address. Without an address, people struggle to ask for emergency aid, access government, health or financial services, and to participate in the formal economy. It is difficult or impossible in some cases to register to vote, to start or grow a business, or even simply to locate friends and family. What3words is being used in 170 countries around the world - used in social and economic development projects and government initiatives, as well as by individuals. A 3 word address has been assigned to every 3m x 3m square in the world - made of just 3 random words. The session will discuss the problem with addressing (4 billion people in the world live without an address); how what3words works (a demonstration of the system and the app); and case studies, specifically focused on women and girls, and refugees.
Speaker: Clare Jones