Registration opens for ‘Investing in the Future’ conference

Sharjah: The organising committee of the second ‘Investing in the Future’ (IIFMENA) conference has announced that registration is open for all participants.

Taking place on October 19-20, the event is being held under the theme ‘Building the Resilience of Women and Girls in the Arab Region’.

Organised by The Big Heart Foundation — a Sharjah-based international humanitarian body dedicated to helping the vulnerable and people in need worldwide — and held in partnership with the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), IIFMENA is taking place under the patronage of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and his wife Shaikha Jawaher Bint Mohammad Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Big Heart Foundation and Chairperson of the NAMA Women Advancement Establishment.

Hosted by Sharjah for the second time, the UN conference aims to highlight the need to incorporate women and young girls into decision-making and planning for economic empowerment; paying attention to their specific needs in education, skills-training and employment. Participants will discuss effective means to ensure their access to resources, particularly for women-headed households in view of the socioeconomic restrictions placed on women in many countries.

The two-day conference will bring together government officials, representatives of international organisations and non-governmental organisations, advocates of gender equality, academics and a number of experts and media personalities from the region and beyond.

Participants interested in registering for the second Investing in the Future conference should submit their applications via http://iifmena.org before mid-October.