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Female leaders inspire women at women’s empowerment event in Dubai


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — One is an American journalist and the other is an Emirati businesswoman. Together, they broke boundaries and were united in a universal cause: women’s empowerment.

During Tuesday night’s celebration of unity at the Arts Club, two inspiring female leaders shared how they reached the top and how they paved the way for other women to follow in their footsteps.

Moderated by Moroccan entrepreneur Nezha Alaoui, the event was joined by Jessica Michault, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar Arabia and Harper’s Bazaar Saudi, and Muna Al Gurg, Vice-Chairman and Director of Retail, UAE-based business conglomerate Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group.

Northeastern University”Empowered Women: Our World” series, the event covered guidance, misconceptions, and the media while inspiring attendees including students, parents, staff, and alumni. A similar event is last week in london.

Introducing the speakers, Clemence Cazeau, North East Youth Global Leader and CEO of artistic concept 37xDubai, paid tribute to the trailblazing women before her.

“The Women in Empowerment Initiative aims to bring diverse and inclusive communities together to empower a better world,” she said. “It includes everything from awards for entrepreneurship and innovators to events and mentoring designed to empower its members to lead change and have meaningful impact.”

From the boardroom to breaking stagnant beliefs

Al Gurg, one of Forbes’ 50 Most Powerful Women in the Middle East, opened by speaking about her passion for women’s rights in the Arab world and beyond.

“For the past 20 years, my background has been in business, but my passion has always been youth empowerment,” she said. “My milestone came in 2010 when I was selected to be a part of the Aspen Middle East Leadership Initiative and it really made me reflect on what kind of legacy I want to leave. I’m very, very passionate about women’s rights.”

As the daughter of a prominent businessman, Al Gurg was welcomed in the family business and encouraged by male relatives. Throughout her career, she has used her position to uplift less fortunate women.

“I think a lot of women in this part of the world face barriers culturally,” she said. “It’s less about the rules of the land and more about the culture of society that sometimes faces obstacles.


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