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About GWFD 2020

In the spirit of collectively stepping up our influence to create a better future for all, Dubai Women Establishment is proud to host the second edition of the Global Women’s Forum Dubai (GWFD) on the 16th and 17th of February, 2020, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai.

Building on the theme ‘The Power of Influence’, the GWFD 2020 offers a global platform to influence policies and foster partnerships that further women’s positive impact. The Forum discussions will inspire dialogues on the role of women across four main areas: government, economy, society, and future. The Forum will engage over 3,000 attendees, including global leaders, experts, academics, entrepreneurs and students.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is the Global Knowledge Partner of the GWFD 2020. This partnership will spearhead positive dialogue on best practices related to global gender-friendly policies. Alongside the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi), DWE is also co-organising the We-Fi MENA Regional Summit – a side-line event that will host entrepreneurs from the region’s emerging economies.

The power of influence

Our Pillars


Discussions around the role of policymakers at a government level, which are essential for the advocacy and development of new legislation.


Insights into the importance of creating equal opportunities and benefits in the workforce, as employees or entrepreneurs.


A look into sustainable communities that prioritise education, healthcare, arts and culture for improved well-being.


A dive into the great possibilities for growth around innovation, technology, youth engagement, and the prospects of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.


Manal bint Mohammed welcomes world leaders and experts to Global Wo...

February 10, 2020

Dubai Women Establishment will host 3,000 delegates from 87 countries over two days at GWFD 2020 100 speakers including the Rt. Hon Theresa May, Ivanka Trump, and leaders from the IMF, World Bank, UNDP and UN Women will participate First We-Fi Regional Summit will spur action to accelerate women’s entrepreneurship in MENA Dubai, UAE, 10 […]

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Former UK Prime Minister Theresa May to address Global Women’s Foru...

February 9, 2020

UK’s second female Prime Minister will participate in a plenary conversation during the second day of Global Women’s Forum Dubai 2020 Rt. Hon Theresa May to share her perspectives on female leadership and the contribution of women to politics, drawing on over 20 years of experience in government She joins other high-profile international speakers at […]

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Ivanka Trump to deliver keynote address at Global Women’s Forum Dub...

February 9, 2020

Ivanka Trump to champion female entrepreneurship at the first We-Fi MENA Regional Summit Advisor to the President of the United States of America joins other high-profile international speakers at the Forum, including David Malpass, President of the World Bank Group, and Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the IMF Mona Al Marri: Ivanka Trump will bring […]

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Dubai Women Establishment announces programme for Global Women’s Fo...

February 4, 2020

The Forum is the largest in the field of women’s advancement, in terms of topics, panel discussions and speakers More than 3,000 delegates from 87 countries will attend over 60 workshops and sessions to be addressed by over 100 inspirational speakers and experts The We-Fi MENA Regional Summit is taking place on the sidelines of […]

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Global Women’s Forum Dubai 2020 announces IMF as Knowledge Partner

February 1, 2020

Forum organised by Dubai Women Establishment to host government officials, business leaders and academics on February 16-17, 2020 Mona Al Marri: The IMF offers the context and expertise needed to boost the progress required for a more inclusive future. Kristalina Georgieva: Women’s economic empowerment is macro-critical in many countries. It promotes growth, stability, inclusion, economic […]

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DEWA to highlight future possibilities for women in the sustainable...

January 20, 2020

Organised by Dubai Women Establishment, Global Women’s Forum Dubai 2020 announces DEWA as Strategic Sustainability Partner Saeed Al Tayer: GWFD’s goals align with DEWA’s efforts to enhance women’s participation in vital sectors, with a particular emphasis on the energy field, as well as areas of innovation and creativity. Mona Al Marri: DEWA’s collaboration reinforces the […]

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Global Women’s Forum Dubai 2020 hosts regional summit of Women Entr...

December 15, 2019

Mona Al Marri: It is an honour to collaborate with We-Fi, a distinguished international Initiative, during the Global Women’s Forum Dubai, an important event to advance gender balance in the region. This collaboration is aligned with our national strategy to establish and foster international collaborations in order to further elevate the standing of women in […]

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Global Women’s Forum Dubai 2020 to explore ‘The Power of Influence’

November 16, 2019

Dubai, November 16, 2019: Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the Global Women’s Forum Dubai (GWFD) will take place from 16 – 17 February, 2020 at the Madinat Jumeirah. Hosted and organised by Dubai Women Establishment (DWE) […]

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