The United Nation Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), in partnership with The Big Heart foundation, and under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, is hosting a regional conference – "Investing in The Future: Building the Resilience of Women and Girls in the Arab Region.”

The conference will take place in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, on the 19th and 20th October 2016. The conference will bring together government representatives, international organisations, non-governmental organisations, gender equality practitioners and leaders, academics and other experts from the region and beyond to review and discuss the advancement made of women and girls and the importance to ensure a sustainable approach to development and humanitarian programming that maintains resilience of women and girls at the core.

The conference will provide a platform for establishing new partnerships, share good practices, lessons learned and innovative approaches to gender equality and the empowerment of women from a resilience perspective.

  • IIFMENA 2016

  • About the Conference

  • Aims of the Conference

  • Speakers

  • Youth Forum

  • Policy Forum

  • 2016 Declaration