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Women’s economic empowerment in focus

The fourth edition of the Women Economic Forum, themed “Building the future from women’s perspectives,” opens on Wednesday under the auspices of Princess Abeer bint Faisal bin Turki. More than 600 women are expected to attend the event organized by the Eastern Chamber over the course of two consecutive days.
The forum, which will be held at the headquarters of the Eastern Chamber, will address four main themes from the perspective of 11 female experts from Saudi Arabia and the Gulf. Hessa Saad Al-Sabah will offer a speech to the Council of Arab Businesswomen about the most important achievements of the feminist economic sector in the Gulf.
Under the title “Women’s economic empowerment,” Princess Nouf bint Faisal bin Turki, chairperson of the board of directors of Al-Ghad Association and Fatima Mohammed Al-Balushi, minister of social development in Bahrain, will speak at the opening session moderated by Lejeune Imran, a media expert.
During the session on “Women in economic decision-making” to be held on Thursday evening, Dalal Jassim Al-Zayed, member of the Shoura Council; Luma bint Abdulaziz Al-Sulaiman, board member of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI); and Salwa bint Abdullah Al-Hazza, a member of the Saudi Shoura Council, will participate. The session will be chaired by Najah Al-Qaraawi.
As for the third session titled “Women are economic wealth,” Hind bint Salman Al-Khalifa, president of the Businesswomen Club of Bahrain; Haifa bint Redaa Gamalellil, president of Effat University; and Fadia bint Abdullah Al-Rashid, chair of the Al-Ehsaa Businesswomen Committee, will offer their perspectives.
The fourth and final session titled “Saudi women and confident steps toward the future,” President of Kashfat Association Maha bint Ahmed Fitaihi, Princess Al-Gawhara bint Saud bin Thunayan, director of Prince Salman Social Center, and Afnan bint Assad Al-Babtain, managing director of Prince Sultan Fund for the Development of Women, will share their insight.
The forum aims through its discussions to draw a road map for strengthening the means of supporting the process of the development of women, and to explore the many challenges facing the development environment, the economy and the future of women’s investments in the Kingdom.
Through these sessions, the goal is to identify appropriate mechanisms to support women-led initiatives in fields that have been dominated by men for the past decades, as well as review the successes in a variety of non-traditional sectors that women can invest it.