Dubai, UAE, 16 February 2020: During the first day of Global Women’s Forum Dubai (GWFD) 2020, Rana Nawas, Corporate Speaker, Strategic Advisor and Host of podcast, ‘When Women Win’, led a session which explored how popular media shatters stereotypes at the Media Hub. She discussed a number of tools and strategies to highlight the importance of women’s advancement through the power of role models, the power of an idea and the power of a platform.
GWFD 2020, which is taking place in Dubai, UAE, 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, will conclude on 17 February.
During the session, Rana Nawas discussed best practices and opportunities for women’s advancement, highlighting that her ‘When Women Win’ podcast has given strong and inspirational women around the world a vital platform for them to share their powerful stories, tools and strategies. Rana also drew upon her previous experience of working in the corporate world, reflecting on the challenges of the lack of female role models in the workplace to give guidance to young women. Her recognition that there is still much work to be done, drove her to start her successful podcast, ‘When Women Win’. This was followed by a Q&A session.
Rana Nawas also highlighted that the stereotype of Arab women in the media and changing the process to include women by design in the workplace were also key drivers to incite a global dialogue and promote women’s achievements across the world through her platform.
“When you have a platform, you can impact millions of women. That is the power of an online platform – having a voice. I know the power of role models and I know that role models matter. I also wanted to tell our story – we are Arab women, we are capable, we are determined and hear our voice. I wanted to shatter the stereotype and the best way to do that is through the media and globally. Women are reaching out to me and I feel empowered and inspired.” said Rana Nawas.
The session was also attended by Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director, IMF and Henry Bonsu, Broadcaster and International Conference Host.
When Women Win is the Middle East’s chart-topping podcast, where female role models and ladies from around the world share their inspirational stories and practical tools they used to succeed. It currently has an estimated 20,000 downloads across 180 countries.
Global Women’s Forum Dubai 2020 is organised by Dubai Women Establishment, which is led by Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the UAE Gender Balance Council and wife of HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs.
Building on its theme, ‘The Power of Influence’, Global Women’s Forum Dubai 2020 will highlight how effective policies and partnerships in four key areas – Government, Economy, Society, and the Future – can further women’s positive impact for a better future.
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